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Second ‘Wing’ has Rick Ross flying high about Memphis

  • Written by Milton Howery III

wingstop1Memphis now has two Wingstop locations owned by Rick Ross, Maybach Music Group CEO and platinum recording artist.

Excited Memphians and even a few out-of-towners lined up outside the new restaurant for a special meet and great last Saturday (Oct. 13). His second local Wingston franchise is located in East Memphis near the Oak Court Mall at 4697 Poplar Avenue.

Ross now has three Wingstop franchises, one in Miami and a Southeast Memphis location on Winchester Rd. Last year, he was on his way to Memphis for the grand opening of his first Memphis franchise and a performance at Memphis Madness when a seizure suffered on the plane derailed his plans.

wingstop2On Friday (Oct. 12), Ross made it to the FedExForum, where he performed during this year's version of the event that introduces the University of Memphis mens and womens basketball team to fans during a fun-filled evening.

Entrepreneurship, Ross told The New Tri-State Defender, inspired him just as much as music did when he was younger.

"Seeing Luke Records at a young age, seeing Eazy-E, and Russell Simons – that inspired me just as much as being on stage," he said.

"I wanted to make sure that was something that I brought to my team and something I can show all the artists that are on Maybach Music as well."

He plans to open more Wingstop locations and possibly more in Memphis.

"This is where my family is," said Ross. "I want to be here a lot more, so I felt it was right to start here."

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