Winston-Salem, NC (RestaurantNews.com) East Coast Wings & Grill, a fast growing casual dining buffalo wing concept, today announced it awarded a franchisee with the ‘Keys to Excellence’ award at the company’s annual convention.
The award was presented to franchisee JD Penland of Charlotte, NC during the 2012 East Coast Wings & Grill Convention held in Las Vegas, NV at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Penland was presented with the keys to a new Chevrolet Spark wrapped as a company marketing auto with his franchise locations’ information on the vehicle.
Penland’s success comes on the heels of the brand’s expansion of its footprint across the nation. The concept, with 24 locations throughout North Carolina, has enjoyed 35 straight consecutive quarters of same store sales increases, establishing itself as one of the strongest concepts in the entire industry.
“It is an honor to recognize JD Penland for his constant approach to perfection and he has continued to exceed our expectations,” said Sam Ballas, CEO of East Coast Wings & Grill. “He embodies everything we look for on a franchisee and we applaud his hard work and dedication to the brand and look forward to his success in the future.”
Penland was selected by company executives who based the decision by specific criteria, including a multi-unit operator with a minimum of three years in the franchise system, outstanding sales performance, serving as a mentor to fellow franchisees and serving as a brand ambassador by leading by example.
Today, East Coast Wings & Grill continues to outperform others in the casual dining segment due to their strong focus on franchise profitability. The burgeoning brand further differentiates itself from other wing concepts by focusing on families, and by offering a six-page menu that also includes such freshly-prepared casual dining fare as Buffalajita’s ® (East Coast Wings & Grill’s flavorful version of fajitas), 100% Angus Beef burgers, salads and appetizers.
For more information on East Coast Wings & Grill, visit www.eastcoastwingsfranchise.com, or call Dan Collins, SVP Brand Development at 954-263-2056.
2012 East Coast Wings & Grill Convention. Left to right: Steve Kontos, JD Penland, D.T. Tolani, Jeff Penland, Denise Tolani, Mike Burkhart, Sam Ballas, Tom Scalese.
About East Coast Wings & Grill
East Coast Wings & Grill, a fast growing casual dining buffalo wing concept, has 24 operating locations, 6 currently in construction, and 70 plus sold locations throughout the Southeast. The franchise not only caters to the chicken wing lover by offering 75 different flavors of jumbo chicken wings in any of nine heat indexes, but also serves salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, ribs and more, all using fresh not frozen ingredients.
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