The family-owned chain formerly known as Wings N’ Things has changed its name, launched a franchising program and hired a new president for the first time.
The San Diego-based chain has operated as Wings N’ Things since 1982 and has grown to 19 locations. But with the launch of the new franchising program, the fast-casual concept will grow as Epic Wings going forward. Some existing stores have been converted to “Epic Wings N’ Things,” the company said.
Leading that growth will be Rob Streett as president, franchising and licensing. The former president and chief operating officer of Scooter’s has also worked previously with Starbucks Coffee as director of strategic development, and he has held positions with the franchised brands Cold Stone Creamery, Mrs. Fields and TCBY, Epic Wings officials said.
The first franchised location — and the first unit outside San Diego County — opened in Mission Viejo, Calif., in February.
Sam Sacco, one of the original family owners, said in a statement, “Rob’s emphasis on strategically growing national brands is why we are so excited to have him on our team. I couldn’t be more pleased to bring his exceptional experience and guidance to the Epic Wings organization.”
Streett in a statement said the chain has a “fanatical following, amazing food and all of the business characteristics to make it a perfect restaurant for franchising."
“I am thrilled to put my energy behind an emerging brand that is not only well positioned for growth but is fully committed to building a people-first culture,” he said. “To be able to work in an industry that I love, while making a positive impact on the communities and people groups we serve is an incredible opportunity for me.”
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