January 22, 2014 10:47:52 AM
William Browning - [email protected]
Buffalo Wild Wings officials say construction on a Columbus location could start as early as next week.
Jeff Ousley, director of operations for franchises in Oxford and Starkville, confirmed Tuesday that the restaurant will open a location on Hwy. 45 North. It is slated to be up and running by "the first week of May," Ousley said.
The restaurant is going into the south corner location at Jackson Square once occupied by Goose Hollow Furniture. It is a space of roughly 5,700 square feet.
The primary owners of the business are Larry Tabor and Roger Smith. They also own Buffalo Wild Wings in Starkville and Oxford.
In October, Ousley explained why they chose Columbus as a place to open another franchise, saying the presence of Mississippi University for Women and Columbus Air Force Base, as well as the high amount of traffic that travels Hwy. 45 North, makes it an ideal location.
Ousley said officials are working this week on getting construction permits from the city of Columbus.
The restaurant will employ roughly 120 people, Ousley said.
Buffalo Wild Wings, according to its corporate website, is known for "wings, beer and sports." The first one opened in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio. There are more than 900 across the country today.
William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.