By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – A franchise owner for Buffalo Wild Wings plans to open his Tupelo location in January.
Reached at his office on Monday, Rick Story said, “We have targeted an opening date. The permit is ready to be picked up. … we’re looking to open Jan. 22, a Sunday.”
Construction should begin in the next few weeks, he said.
A Nashville-area builder and developer, Story in April signed a letter of intent on property between Wendy’s and Lenny’s Sub Shop. Construction plans for the restaurant in the Tupelo Commons development were submitted last month.
The scheduled opening is two weeks before Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Story said the timing is ideal with the Super Bowl and NCAA basketball on fans’ minds.
Founded in 1981, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill amp& Bar has more than 750 franchised and company-owned restaurants in 45 states.
The plans for the Tupelo location feature a nearly 3,000-square-foot restaurant with 264 seats, plus a patio with 48 additional seats.
Story’s company, Story Construction, has built restaurants in 43 states. He owns BWW franchise rights in Florence, Ala., where he opened a location in March. Another restaurant is planned for Decatur, Ala.