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Buffalo Wild Wings coming to New Lenox

Published: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 10:55 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 10:58 p.m. CST

NEW LENOX – Buffalo Wild Wings may come to New Lenox by the beginning of next year.

Owners of the restaurant chain plan to occupy a roughly 6,000-square-foot building at Nelson Plaza near Nelson Road in New Lenox, said Nancy Hoehn, the village’s economic development director.

The space was used by a movie video store that closed several years ago, she said

“We’re really excited they’re coming to us. … We just think they’re going to be a great addition to that center,” she said. “It’s an older center that has seen some issues and went through foreclosures. We’re very encouraged. It will bring a lot of traffic to the center and be a benefit for all the businesses in the area.”

The restaurant, which was founded in 1982 in Ohio, has about 1,000 locations nationwide, according to its Web site. Buffalo Wild Wings has Will County locations in Shorewood, Romeoville, Plainfield, Frankfort and Bolingbrook. 

The owner of the New Lenox location will be Brad Fralich, Hoehn said. 

New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann said the proposed restaurant would need liquor license approval from the Village Board and approvals from the village Planning Commission. Nevertheless, he is looking forward to their arrival.

“We are really excited to see not only new development but redevelopment here in New Lenox,” he said. “And to provide another quality eating establishment for residents. That’s what we want.”

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