National sports bar chain will anchor shopping center on Ninth Street

A long-stalled commercial development in north Corvallis is finally getting off the ground with the announcement of plans to build a Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar.

The 6,000-square-foot restaurant will be the public face of CCC Plaza, a 9-acre development in the 1800 block of Northwest Ninth Street next to the main branch of OSU Federal Credit Union.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Buffalo Wild Wings operates more than 800 locations in about 40 states. The restaurants specialize in Buffalo-style chicken wings with a variety of dipping sauces and dry rubs, plus ribs, chicken, burgers, salads and appetizers. They feature full bars with a wide selection of beers and lots of big-screen TVs showing sporting events.

“We expect to open in Corvallis by December of this year,” said Joe Janaszek, chief marketing officer for franchisee World Wide Wings LLC.

The Vancouver, Wash.-based company owns four Buffalo Wild Wings locations in Southern California, eight in the Portland metro area and opened a store in Salem on May 21. The fast-growing franchisee hopes to open a Springfield store next year and is also considering locations in Bend, Medford and Clackamas.

Janaszek said the Corvallis market was a natural opportunity for the company.

“There’s no place down there like Buffalo Wild Wings,” he said. “I think the people in the area will really love it.”

The Corvallis location will have 36 beers on tap, a full patio and seating for 300 people, Janaszek said.

The signing of Buffalo Wild Wings represents the first movement at the CCC Plaza site after years of inactivity. Work ground to a halt in 2008 after the pouring of a concrete foundation for a single structure at the rear of the L-shaped property. The building, intended to house a 35,000-square-foot Wilco Farm Store, was never finished, and nothing but grass sprouted on the lot.

California developer Craig Clark bought the property in 2003 with plans to build a 90,000-square-foot shopping center, but the project was plagued by leasing difficulties and financing problems.

Last year the property was purchased out of foreclosure by Kleege Enterprises, a San Diego real estate development and management firm focused mainly on rental housing, self-storage facilities and assisted living centers.

No other leases have been announced for the center so far.

Contact reporter Bennett Hall at bennett.hall@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9529.

Special Projects Editor, Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald

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