Wingstop, the rapidly expanding international “Wing Experts,” is coming to Meridian Place. The family-style fast-casual restaurant is set to open next year at the transformative, mixed-use development under construction on Monroe Road.

Wingstop recently leased 1,400 square feet at Meridian Place and will join Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar and Rex Cleaners and Alterations in the development’s first retail building, along Monroe Road near Conference Drive. This will be Wingstop’s third Charlotte location.

Founded in 1994, Wingstop has more than 1,000 locations across the U.S. and abroad. “The Wing Experts” offer both classic and boneless wings with distinctive flavors ranging from Mild and Original Hot to Louisiana Rub and Atomic, plus sides like fries, beans, and cole slaw.

“We are thrilled to bring Wingstop and another great offering to Meridian Place,” said developer Roy Goode. Goode added that Meridian Place is seeing great interest in its remaining retail space and that he hopes to make more announcements soon as Meridian Place and its MoRA area continue to evolve.

Wingstop, Hawthorne’s and Rex Cleaners are part of 100,000 square feet of commercial space that will be built at Meridian Place. The development also includes a McDonald’s restaurant and M Station apartment homes. The 260-home community is more than 97% occupied after one year. Hawthorne’s also has opened to an enthusiastic reception.

JR Dill represented Wingstop in the transaction while Susan Clements of Childress Klein marketed the property for the landlord.

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