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A piece of land just sold right beside Hiro Japanese Steakhouse. Just curious as to what is going to be built there.

Judy Royal

Wilmington’s getting a new Buffalo Wild Wings, but it’s replacing an existing location of the popular chicken chain.

Construction is set to begin in two weeks on a 2.8-acre site at 206 Old Eastwood Road next to Hiro Japanese Steakhouse. The freestanding restaurant is scheduled to open in mid-August, following the closing of the restaurant at 29 Van Campen Boulevard.

“It’s going to be a nice, pretty building with more parking, better access and just a lot of little things we thought would be beneficial to us,” said Larry Alderson, owner of Carolina Wings Management, the franchisee for both Wilmington Buffalo Wild Wings locations as well as two in the Myrtle Beach area. “We’ll get the traffic to and from the beach and Market Street, and it’s still close to UNCW.”

The new location’s design is a prototype the Buffalo Wild Wings franchise is using nationwide, similar to the restaurant in the Carolina Forest area of Myrtle Beach, Alderson said. It will be slightly larger than the Van Campen Boulevard space, which is located within a shopping center, and will have a 700-square-foot patio, a feature that smokers will appreciate now that they can no longer light up inside, he added.

It will have double the amount of parking as the current location, Alderson said. Patrons there often have to park at Walmart or Cracker Barrel.

Alderson’s Wild Creek LLC purchased the land in December for $1 million, according to tax records.

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