RIP WingZone, Lancaster, PA

wingzone-lancasterSaturday night, my 12-year old son, 7-year-old grandaughter and I had a simultaneous craving for buffalo wings.

I gave my son his choice of places (we’re a wing-savvy family) and his choice was immediate:  WingZone.

We headed for the WingZone franchise on Fruitville Pike in Lancaster.  They always did a good job, and just celebrated their second anniversary this past October.

Unfortunately, we found a depressing site:  a sign in front of WingZone that read “Sorry we are closed.  Thanks for all your support.”

wingzone-intellWingZone opened in late 2006 and must have just closed within the last week or so.

I’m not sure why, but wing franchises seem to have a hard time making it in this market.

Several have tried and closed, including a 3 WTG Wings-to-Go franchises that closed a few years back.  WOW Wingery & Cafe opened on the F&M Campus recently, and carries on.

Franchisee Brophy was right about the demand for wings in the area, but I think the number of good “wing nights” at local bars and restaurants may be too much competition for the take-out franchise concepts.

R.I.P. WingZone of Lancaster, PA.  Believe me, we tried our best to keep you in business.  You’ll be missed.

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