Chauncey Billups is known as "Mr. Big Shot." But maybe he should be called "Mr. Large Fries" instead.
I'm sorry about that lede.
From Restaurant News, Billups has teamed up with former NBA player Junior Bridgeman to purchase 30 Wendy's restaurants mostly in the St. Louis area.
Former professional basketball player Junior Bridgeman has become the first existing Wendy's franchisee to acquire company-owned locations in the quick-service brand's recently announced 425-unit refranchising effort.
Bridgeman, one of the restaurant industry's most established athlete franchisees, bought 30 Wendy's units in the St. Louis market through BB St. Louis Inc., a partnership between Bridgeman and Chauncey Billups, a point guard for the Detroit Pistons and a 16-year veteran of the National Basketball Association. The deal marks Billups' first foray into the restaurant industry.
Billups is clearly starting to look towards his post-playing career. He spoke this summer about wanting to get involved in the management side of basketball when he's done playing, which may have played a part in him ending his career in Detroit where he can get such an opportunity.
It's also smart to go in with someone who's already succesful in Bridgeman, who can help guide him through the investment.
Now that the serious part is over, please imagine Billups in tight pants and a red Wendy's polo, driving from location to location to check on his investment.
In closing, that Spicy Chicken Sandwich combo is awesome.