LAS VEGAS – Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop finalized the acquisition of Wing Zone – a fast-casual brand serving made-to-order chicken wings.
Capriotti’s said the acquisition will enhance both chains’ ability to meet growing demand for delivery and take-out driven by pandemic-related foodservice closures and capacity reductions. Capriotti’s brings to the merger a tech-forward strategy, infrastructure and profitability, the company said, while Wing Zone boasts innovative delivery systems. These qualities will bring to both brands a “tremendous depth of service,” according to Capriotti’s.
“The acquisition is a natural fit for both brands, as Capriotti’s and Wing Zone share many of the same internal values and organizational goals,” said Ashley Morris, chief executive officer of Capriotti’s and Wing Zone. “We look forward to leveraging our expertise in franchising, operational excellence and technology with Wing Zone’s off-premises experience to help both brands continue to grow. We are thrilled to welcome Wing Zone into the Capriotti’s family and are excited about what lies ahead.”
Collectively, Capriotti’s and Wing Zone finished 2020 with more than $100 million in system-wide sales, and have plans to grow, serving high-quality handmade subs and fresh chicken wings to more than 150 communities globally. Capriotti’s plans to grow to more than 500 locations by 2025. Wing Zone operates 31 locations in North America with 36 internationally. The brand is continuing to grow through franchising.