Wingstop is expanding in the Southeast due a newly signed development agreement to open several new locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

Richard Connolly of Hilton Head, S.C., has signed a multi-unit development agreement that includes Savannah, Pooler, Hinesville, and Fort Stewart in the state of Georgia and Lexington and Richland counties in South Carolina.

Connolly also owns 13 Panera Bread locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

Prior to Panera Bread, Connolly operated 11 Burger King locations for more than 20 years. He expects to open his first Wingstop within the next six months and is currently scouting locations.

“In my career I’ve always tried to attach myself to the leader within an industry,” Connolly said. “From what I’ve learned, and seen for myself, I believe Wingstop is at the top of its class. This concept is building an excellent long range business plan that I’m excited to join.”

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