Those hungry for Buffalo Wild Wings’ signature chicken wings won’t have to travel all the way to Kingsport to get their fix any longer.
The company plans to expand its reach in the Tri-Cities by opening a location in Johnson City, expected to be open by August, according to True Line Construction Company owner K.D. Moore.
The 6,200 square-foot grill and bar will be located in Hamilton Place off State of Franklin Road across from Which Wich and Jason’s Deli.
Moore, who also owns KBM Commercial Properties, which developed the Hamilton Place area, said ground will broken on the location Monday.
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 company is headquartered in Minneapolis.
Currently, there are more than 825 locations across the United States and Canada.
Buffalo Wild Wings’ arrival at Hamilton Place marks the first retail property to be built at the location since it was completed in 2009, Moore said.
Moore hopes this is the first of many retailers that make their home at Hamilton Place as the economy continues to bounce back.
“I think you’re going to see a lot of different things happening out here,” he said. About half of the spaces at Hamilton Place are occupied, and Moore said his company has commitments to increase that to about 75 percent within the near future — not counting additions like Buffalo Wild Wings.
“We have other tenants that have extreme interest in it that will boost that even further, so we feel like this year is going to be the year that Hamilton Place will finally reach its potential.”
In addition to the construction of Buffalo Wild Wings, work continues on the road leading into Hamilton Place coming from State of Franklin Road.
The road was constructed by the developers of Hamilton Place at a cost of about $1.1 million.
On Wednesday, workers finished striping the road. The Johnson City Power Board will be installing street lights. This cost is being shared by the city and the JCPB, according to Public Works Director Phil Pindzola.
When traffic volume demands it, the city will build a right out, or a partial interchange leading out to State of Franklin.