Shawntae Spencer, shown here in 2009 in his sixth season with the San Francisco 49ers, is announcing tomorrow that he and his business partners plan to open 15 Wingstop locations in and around his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Spencer attended Woodland Hills High School and the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted by the 49ers in 2004. The cornerback played there for eight seasons and finished with the Oakland Raiders before retiring earlier this year.
He's one of many former pro athletes to work with the wings chain, which is based in Richardson, Texas, and has more than 570 stores across the country and Mexico.
Mr. Spencer says in a news release, “My business partners and I attended franchise conferences and did
research on a few restaurant concepts. It happened that Wingstop was something I ate and loved and there were none in Pittsburgh, so it was a great fit.”
No specific locations have been announced; the first one is expected to open in May of next
For the record, Mr. Spencer's favorite Wingstop flavor is Lemon Pepper, and this is how he discovered them while with Oakland:
“It’s tradition on travel days that the rookies have to pick up food for the team on the flight. We always got Wingstop. It was like a locker-room craze. If we weren’t happy with the food we were eating, we’d just send a rookie to Wingstop for wings. Then I found one near my house and started making late-night runs.”
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