Buffalo Wings & Rings, a Cincinnati-based elevated sports restaurant franchise with more than 80 locations across the globe, is actively seeking a chief development officer to help spearhead the brand’s growth. The brand has retained the services of franchise executive recruiting firm Capodice & Associates to lead the nationwide search for a restaurant franchise professional to drive expansion behind the upcoming launch of a new restaurant model scheduled for 2020.
The CDO will be joining the brand at an opportune time. In terms of sales, Buffalo Wings & Rings’ systemwide sales are up by more than 12 percent in 2019 and same-store sales are up by 6 percent from 2018. Buffalo Wings & Rings has also invested in a new restaurant design that will provide a more economical and flexible opportunity for potential franchisees. The new restaurant model is set to launch in 2020 and is designed to meet the needs of an evolving customer base with elements aimed at capturing more off-premise business, including third-party delivery, and the incorporation of new technology to enhance operations and the overall experience.
In terms of franchise expansion, Buffalo Wings & Rings has aggressive growth plans to expand to 200 restaurants over the next seven to 10 years. The brand is especially interested in increasing its presence throughout its home state of Ohio and the Midwest in general, as well as within the Florida and Texas markets where it already has a presence.
“Buffalo Wings & Rings has a lot to celebrate as we head into the final quarter of the year, but we have big plans to keep charging forward and to bring our incredible product and unmatched experience to more markets,” Buffalo Wings & Rings CEO Nader Masadeh says. “We want to make sure we have the right team in place to realize our true growth potential and that’s why we are searching for a stellar candidate for the Chief Development Officer role.”
The Chief Development Officer candidate must have at least 10 years of experience in a franchise development executive role in the restaurant or hospitality industries. They must have specifically worked with franchises that have 100 or more locations and have the ability to develop and lead major strategic initiatives. Experience in delivering successful franchise and corporate restaurant growth is required.
“We pride ourselves on maintaining a positive corporate culture where we all work closely together to support our franchisees and to propel the Buffalo Wings & Rings brand forward. The new Chief Development Officer will be a valuable team member in our strategic plan to expand our reach further,” Masadeh says. “We are predicting explosive growth in 2020 and beyond, and we are excited to get the right candidate on board to help us achieve our goals.”