Wings Etc. Grill & Pub Named a 2022 Top Food Franchise by Franchise Business Review

Independent survey shows franchise owners are highly satisfied with Wings Etc.’s performance

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (July 18, 2022)— Wings Etc. Grill & Pub is one of just 38 franchise companies to be named an award-winning franchise by Franchise Business Review in its 2022 report on the Top Food and Beverage Franchises. This comes after being named a Top 200 Franchise by Franchise Business Review earlier in 2022.

Wings Etc., a family-friend grill and pub with a diverse menu, was founded by Jim Weaver in the South Bend, Indiana area, and has seen consistent growth since its first location opened in 1994. Wings Etc.’s menu features award-winning jumbo Buffalo wings, over 20 signature sauces and rubs, premium burgers, wraps, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, subs, kid’s meals, and over 40 domestic and craft beer selections in bottles and on tap. Wings Etc. locations include dozens of large HDTVs tuned to sports programming and features a casual, non-corporate-y, laid-back “vibe.”

Franchise Business Review, a market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only ranking of franchises based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction. Franchise Business Review publishes rankings of the top franchises in its annual Guide to Today’s Top Franchises, as well as special interest reports throughout the year recognizing the top franchises in specific sectors.

To select the companies on this year’s list of top food franchises, Franchise Business Review analyzed 18 months’ worth of data from over 10,500 franchise owners in the food sector regarding their overall satisfaction with their brands and their likelihood to recommend them to others.

Wings Etc.’s franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training & support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

“At Wings Etc., we offer a unique brand, a continually-improving operational system, comprehensive training, and ongoing operational and marketing support to help our franchisees achieve their objectives as independent business owners,” said George Pasick, CFE, Senior Director of Franchise Development. “We are humbled and encouraged that the Franchise Business Review benchmark survey, taken by our franchise owners, resulted in Wings Etc. being named one of only 38 Top Food Franchises in 2022. Much of our growth comes from existing franchisees opening new locations—evidence that our franchisees believe in the system and love being part of the Wings Etc. family.”

“The food franchise sector is historically one of the toughest but delivers a tremendous return on investment for many,” added Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “The key is to choose the right brand. The award-winning brands on our list of the Top Food Franchises rate 15% – 25% higher on average in overall franchisee satisfaction over other food competitors. That data is very telling in that it provides real insight for someone considering investing in a franchise into the companies that are performing well in the areas critical to their franchisees’ success.”

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About the Wings Etc. Grill & Pub Franchise Opportunity

Founded in 1994 by Jim Weaver in the South Bend, Indiana, area, Wings Etc. is a family-friendly grill and pub with a diverse menu featuring award-winning jumbo Buffalo wings, over 20 signature sauces and rubs, premium burgers, wraps, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, subs, kids meals, over 40 domestic and craft beer selections in bottles and on tap, dozens of large HDTVs tuned to sports programming, and a casual, non-corporate-y, laid-back “vibe” that makes people want to just come in and hang out. In addition to its popular sports programming, menu, and beverage options, Wings Etc. offers weekday lunch and food specials, online ordering, and much more.

Franchising since 2004, Wings Etc. Grill & Pub has been named one of Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future Franchises,” has been named one of Franchise Gator’s “Top 100 Franchises” for several years, and was named a 2020 “Culture 100 Best of the Best” franchise by Franchise Business Review. In June 2021, Wings Etc. was named a “Top 200 Food Franchise” and a “Top 500 North American Franchise” by Entrepreneur Magazine. Wings Etc. continues to grow and succeed by partnering with franchise operators who share the Wings Etc. Vision, Mission, and Values, a commitment to building a successful business while helping build stronger communities and people (and to having fun!).

Wings Etc. offers single and multi-unit franchise options. The initial franchise fee is $39,500, with a $200,000 liquid cash investment, and $500,000 minimum net worth requirement for interested prospects. Wings Etc. offers one of the lowest startup costs and break-even franchise opportunities in the full-service restaurant segment. Priority growth markets include Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Alabama and Florida.

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