Long Island might get its first crack at Wingstop’s chicken wings in the spring, but the Dallas-based chain isn’t talking.
A planned Wingstop franchise will be among four businesses — the first confirmed tenants — headed to New Village Plaza, a shopping center under construction in the 1700 block of Middle Country Road in Centereach, said Jason Sobel, an agent who works in the Jericho office of Ripco Real Estate Corp.
Manhattan-headquartered Ripco is overseeing leasing on behalf of the shopping center’s owner, MVC Properties LLC in Bayside.
Three other planned tenants are fast-food eatery Arby’s, meal prep and delivery business Swole House, and Middle Country Wines & Liquors, Sobel said.
Middle Country Wines & Liquors is awaiting a liquor license from the New York State Liquor Authority, the agency said.
New Village Plaza, which replaced “an old shopping center with illegal cars stored on the back of the property,” will have 75,013 square feet of space spread across three buildings when it’s finished, Brookhaven Town spokesman Kevin Molloy said.
The project is being built in two phases, the second of which should be done by the end of 2019, Sobel said. The site plan for the project shows building spaces for 22 tenants, but some of the spaces could be combined.
“We have a lot of interest from strong national and local retailers. And we believe it’s going to be a great addition to the community,” Sobel said.
Arby’s and Wingstop are expected to open on the property by April 1, Sobel said.
Wingstop Inc. operated and franchised 1,188 aviation-themed restaurants in seven countries, 90 percent of which were in North America, as of June 30, according to the publicly traded company’s latest earnings report. It has 11 locations in New York State, though none is on Long Island.
The company, founded in 1994, did not return calls or emails for comment about the 1,500-square-foot location planned for New Village Plaza. Wingstop is listed as one of the incoming tenants on a sign at the shopping center and on the Ripco website marketing the property, so the cat is out of the bag anyway.
In August, I wrote about Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc., which is owned by Atlanta-based Inspire Brands Inc., and its plans to take over the metropolitan area, one roast beef sandwich at a time.
A Roslyn Heights-based Arby’s franchisee, Long Island Roast Beef Group LLC, will operate a 2,500-square-foot drive-thru in New Village Plaza, said Barry Lubman, managing partner.
The location is one of four planned Long Island Arby’s that are under construction or in advanced stages of development through franchise deals, Greg Vojnovic, chief development officer at Inspire Brands, told me in August. The others are in Farmingdale, Freeport and Hempstead.
There are nearly 3,300 Arby’s locations in the United States, including five on Long Island.
Swole House is a locally based operation slated to open in six to eight weeks in a 1,750-square-foot space at the shopping center.
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