"When we had the opportunity to open up, I said, 'Let's go for it. Let's take it to my hometown,'" said local Wingstop owner Deanna Lewis.
In 2006 Lewis and her husband Clint opened the first of two Wingstop franchises on Gosford Road in Bakersfield. Last Christmas, they added a location on Oswell.
Now, the couple will open a location at the soon-to-open Outlets at Tejon. The big shopping center is slated to open in early August near the Interstate 5 and Highway 99 interchange.
Barry Zoeller, spokesman for Tejon Ranch, said Wednesday that local businesses will play a role in the success of the outlets. Zoeller said that the vast number of visitors to the outlet will give great exposure to local businesses, including Dewar's, Don Pericos, Juicy Burger and Tony's Pizza.