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A Hooters is coming to AmeriPlex at the Port in Portage.
The restaurant chain, which has locations in Schererville and Merrillville, is known for its scantily clad female servers and chicken wings. A plan to bring a Hooters to the business park in Portage dates back to at least 2006, but construction only recently began.
Schererville based commercial real estate firm Latitude Commercial sold the property where the Hooters is under construction to a local investor for $3.3 million.
“The property comes with a long term lease that was signed at closing and is backed by a very reputable company,” Latitude Commercial Senior Vice President Brett McDermott said. “It is a strong investment for the buyer given the price point and the length of the lease.”
South Bend based Holladay Construction Group is building a $2.2 million stand alone sit down restaurant and sports bar at 1665 Olmsted Drive in the AmeriPlex complex, which already includes dining options like El Salto, LongHorn Steakhouse, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Subway, DQ Grill and Chill, and the Islamorada Fish Co. at Bass Pro Shops.
The mixed used business park on Ind. 249 between Interstate 94 and the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor in Portage also is home to many large industrial employers like MonoSol, Fronius and Graycor.
Atlanta based Hooters of America LLC will own the new 5,600 square foot eatery, which is expected to be finished by January. It will be south of the Country Inn and Suites hotel on the southwest side of the park.
Hooters operates more than 430 restaurants worldwide.
The first vacancies Gordmans and Firehouse Subs have opened up in Schererville’s Shops on Main shopping center since construction began in 2013.
But two more waves of construction are planned at the new shopping center at Indianapolis Boulevard and Main Street, which is home to Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack, Pier 1 Imports and Tomato Bar.
Retail developer and manager Regency Centers said the 254,107 square foot retail hub at the border of Schererville and Highland has eight vacancies totaling 76,851 square feet of available retail space, including 18,472 square feet that has not been built.
There’s also land available for outlot construction along Main Street directly across from the Target at the four way intersection that leads into the neighboring Highland Grove shopping center just north of Shops on Main. Any development there potentially could be larger than the largest anchor store at Shops on Main, the now vacant 50,134 square foot former Gordmans big box store, according to Regency Centers.
Regency Centers also is looking to build out another phase between the original back row of stores that includes Ross Dress for Less, DSW and Home Goods, and the new section to the south that include Nordstrom Rack, Talbots and Bentley’s Pet Stuff.
The future development will include four storefronts, ranging in size from 3,436 square feet to 7,475 square feet. Other spaces also are available for lease in the new section and the strip mall along Indianapolis Boulevard.
Rosati’s Pizza, known for its thin crust and deep dish Chicago style pizzas, will soon open a second location in Schererville.
The Warrenville, Illinois based chain, the second largest restaurant chain in the Chicago area after Portillo’s, has a sit down family style pizzeria that seats 100 at5504 Lincoln Highway in Schererville. It plans to add a second, smaller Schererville location atShoppes on the Boulevard on Indianapolis Boulevard, near the borders of Highland and Munster.
The new shopping center is currently under construction just south of Steak Shake. Rosati’s will lease space in the new development, which also will include aMcAlister’s Deli and aBuonaBeef.
“We are excited for Rosati’s to join the already strong lineup of tenants within the development,” Latitude Commercial Senior Vice President Brett McDermott said. “This leaves us with about 4,000 square feet remaining in which we are in talks with a few potential tenants on.”
The new Rosati’s leasing space next to theMcAlister’s will focus mainly on takeout and delivery, according to a Latitude Commercial press release. Customers will be able to order pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads and appetizers like garlic bread and fried ravioli. 30 in Schererville focuses more on the dining in experience and offers beer and wine.
Rosati’s, which has been “keeping it real since 1964,” also has Northwest Indiana locations in St. John, Munster and Valparaiso.
A new resale shop in Hammond’s Hessville neighborhood sells is selling furniture, general merchandise, collectibles and other sundries.
Danny Schuster, his girlfriend Julie Poremba, and their mothers Aleene Minard and Diana Keller, started 219 Resale Shop at6647 Kennedy Ave. to find new life for used items. It had long been Poremba’s dream to open a resale shop.
“We have a lot of experience in resale, in garage sales and antique shows,” she said. “Plus I’ve done merchandising for Pier One. It’s coming together quite nicely.”
The store carries a wide inventory that includes kitchen ware, men’s clothing and collectibles, including windup toys and miniatures cars still in the box, mostly acquired from estate sales and storage sales. Items frequently change, and 219 Resale is currently stocking a lot of Christmas decorations.
“There’s a lot to rummage around,” she said. “It’s well done and well put together. There’s a lot of merchandise that’s pleasing to the key. We try to be over the top with customer service and roam around to help customers. We want people to leave the store happy and come back.”
They thought the Hessville neighborhood could use a good thrift store.
“Some stores go to upper scale neighborhoods where they know they can make money,” Poremba said. “We want something for the residents. I came from Hessville, originally.”
The store has however proven to be a destination for those who like treasure hunting at resale shops.