First Magna; now Wild Wing.
The 85 franchise-strong restaurant chain has just transferred its head office from temporary space in Aurora to King City, ahead of the move of the auto-parts giant, slated to come to King City by the end of next year.
Wild Wing president Clark McKeown revealed the 3,000 square-foot corporate office/restaurant at 1700 King Rd. had a “soft opening” this past Monday.
It’s slated for its grand opening on Thursday, March 24, from 6-8 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting, staff giving out food, samplers and a band playing.
McKeown said he chose King City as the new corporate headquarters for Wild Wing because it is not located close to any other Wild Wing locations and, “the new mall they’re building is really nice with the Coppas. King is certainly is an emerging market; we’re western-themed so we thought it would be great with the amount of equestrian in King City, it would be a nice fit.”
He’s excited about the new restaurant as well which can seat 140 when full on the inside and will accommodate an additional 60 to 70 patrons on the outside patio.
McKeown said Wild Wing is known for its family atmosphere and the King City location will emphasize that trait.
“We’re focused on becoming a community bar; we’ve been approached by a ton of local hockey teams for sponsorship and we’ve already sponsored some events.
“We’re building an events room with games, shuffle board and we’re very focused on sports,” he said.
And McKeown said the King location is just part of much bigger plans for the future of Wild Wing.
“We’re planning to grow from 85 to 130 locations across Canada in the next four years,” he said.
Wild Wing opens at 11:30 a.m. each day.