Buffalo Wild Wings eyes Tupelo

By Carlie Kollath and Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Buffalo Wild Wings is officially looking at opening a restaurant in Tupelo.
Rick Story, a Nashville builder and developer, has signed a letter of intent for property off North Gloster Street in the Tupelo Commons development.
“We’re looking at property near the Malco,” Story confirmed. “If nothing gets derailed, I plan to open one in Tupelo.”
V.M. Cleveland, owner of Cleveland Properties and chairman of the Tupelo Furniture Market, owns the property.
A letter of intent does not guarantee that the business will be developed nor does it guarantee a land sale. It’s a legal document that holds the land for the prospective business and gives the developer three to four months to work with the city to see if plans can be approved.
Cleveland said Story’s team is surveying the land and is doing its due diligence to see if it meets permit requirements from the city.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar is a national restaurant chain known for its wings, beer and sports. Along with the Tupelo location, Story also owns the franchise rights to BWW in Florence, Ala., which opened in March.
Story’s company, Story Construction, has built restaurants in 43 states. He said his first restaurant was the BWW in Florence and his second will be in Tupelo. A third is planned for Decatur, Ala., he said.
A BWW also is under construction in Starkville. It is owned by Larry Tabor.