After a little more than six months of construction, Buffalo Wild Wings’ Johnson City location is nearing completion.
The 6,200-square-foot grill and bar, located at 2035 Hamilton Place Drive, is set to serve its first basket of wings Sept. 17.
Assistant General Manager Ashley Ellis said the first 100 customers will get free wings for a year.
The company, headquartered in Minneapolis, announced the Johnson City location in February.
It’s the second Buffalo Wild Wings to open in the Tri-Cities. The restaurant opened its Kingsport location a few years ago.
Ellis said she hopes the company will continue to expand its reach in the area if business does well.
“We’re definitely hoping that is what happens. And if we do well, hopefully we’ll keep expanding,” she said.
About 170 people will be hired at the new location, according to Ellis, and the restaurant is still accepting applications.
Buffalo Wild Wings was founded in 1982, and the first restaurant was opened a year later near the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
The restaurant’s arrival at Hamilton Place marks the first retail property to be built at the location since it was completed in 2009.
K.D. Moore, owner of KBM Commercial Properties, which developed the Hamilton Place area, said the restaurant’s location in the shopping center will hopefully lead to more developments in the coming months.
Part of the development’s future success is tied to a new road that leads into Hamilton Place from North State of Franklin Road. That work was completed earlier this year by Moore’s companies at a cost of about $1.1 million.
“That corridor needed some relief because you only have that one signal light entrance, and now this will enable us and that whole corridor through there to really start developing ... and make it a whole lot more attractive for other people to have some interest,” he said.