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Wilson wing lovers, unite — because the city will soon be home to America’s Best Wings.
Manager Murad Hossan moved to Wilson about six months ago and hopes to have construction at the restaurant at 2462 Forest Hills Road begin in the next two months.
“I started looking at opening in Wilson last year,” Hossan said. “Next to the Walmart, there is a lot of profit and the area is real busy.”
Hossan operated franchises of the popular eatery in Petersburg and Richmond in Virginia, but sold them to a partner to spread his wings to eastern North Carolina.
“It is very popular in Virginia with more than 20 restaurants and with 50 or 60 locations in Maryland,” he said. “The company is getting bigger because nobody has the flavor they have.”
Once construction is complete, America’s Best Wings will offer a variety of wings — including flavors like Jamaican jerk, Kansas City barbecue and chipotle — as well as other lunch and dinner dishes.
“We have like 40 different flavors of wings, like 10 different kinds of salads plus subs, burgers and fish,” he said. “Our menu is huge. It is way bigger than any other restaurant.”
Hossan said he looks forward to serving Wilsonians seven days a week.
Ninety-seven North Carolina counties experienced an increase in the unemployment rate from May to June, including Wilson, Nash, Edgecombe, Johnston, Pitt and Wayne.
In Wilson County, the month-to-month shift went from 6.2% to 6.8% of the labor force unemployed, but the county saw no change in the unemployment rate when comparing June 2018 to June 2019. The increase gives Wilson the third-highest unemployment rate among the state’s 100 counties, with Edgecombe ranked fifth-highest.
“It is important to note that employment estimates are subject to large seasonal patterns; therefore, it is advisable to focus on over-the-year changes in the not seasonally adjusted estimates,” a North Carolina Department of Commerce press release states.
On Friday, the Department of Commerce released statewide statistics for July that included the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.2%, which is unchanged from June’s revised rate. The national rate of 3.7% also remained unchanged from June to July.
Ashley HomeStore has been open for about a month, but the store at 1951 Westwood Ave. is planning a ribbon-cutting celebration at 10 a.m. Friday. In addition to the ceremony, the store will offer a Buy More Save More promotion of up to 25% off furniture and accessories as well as up to 50% off Hot Buys that day. Customers can receive an additional $100 off any regular priced furniture or accessory over $499.
Store officials said the grand opening sales will take place primarily during Labor Day weekend with the promotions from Friday continued as well as up to 60% off doorbusters, 50% off Ashley Sleep and Sealy Response mattresses as well as $300 in Ashley Cash with any Tempur-Pedic purchase. From noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 31, WBAV will be doing a live radio broadcast with prizes including two $100 Ashley Cash cards, registration for a $1,000 Ashley HomeStore shopping spree and a free soft-pack cooler to the first 100 guests.
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