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IHOP is Coming to New Lenox

New Lenox Town Center will soon be home to six news businesses.

The International House of Pancakes in opening a restaurant in New Lenox.
The International House of Pancakes in opening a restaurant in New Lenox.

The New Lenox Town Center development, which is anchored by Walmart, is filling out with six new businesses in the outlots that front Route 30.

Mayor Tim Baldermann said the International House of Pancakes, IHOP, Restaurant is scheduled to be built on property being developed by McVickers Development. The 450,000 square feet square feet of retail space, New Lenox Town Center, was launched in 2009 with Walmart as the anchor. In November 2011 Aldi opened its doors on the west side of the property. Additional space is currently occupied by Culvers and White Castle restaurants, which face Route 30. Also Goodwill, Chase Bank and Discount Tires occupy parcels along Route 30.

Along with IHop, comes a Pizza Hut carry-out, Verizon Wireless, Jersey Mike's Subs, the Bedding Experts and Great Clips.  Baldermann said the existing Pizza Hut Restaurant, 338 W. Maple St., will be vacated as soon as the carry out facility opens later this year.

"We're excited to have them," he said. Businesses are attracted to New Lenox due to its access to major highways, including Interstate 355 and Interstate 80.  In general, the Lincoln-Way communities continue to draw attention for businesses.  

Plans for the Menards store, which also expressed interest in the New Lenox Town Center, have yet to materialize.

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Rande Arnott June 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Really Mayor??? Isn't it bad enough that our society suffers with obesity? Let's get some HEALTHY places to eat in New Lenox!!
JaB June 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Really Rande??? If you're concerned about healthy eating why would you consider patronizing any restaurant? If you want a "healthy food" restaurant stay home and learn to cook or learn how to write a business plan, get a SBA loan and open one yourself! If you want to criticize the Mayor, why not ask what steps he is taking to insure the present Pizza Hut building does not stay empty after the new location opens. This will be the 2nd Pizza Hut abandoned store in town! (For those of you that are newbies in town, the building occupied by Burrito Loco was the original New Lenox Pizza Hut).
Chris June 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Now we have an IHOP, Cash for Gold and Goodwill all within walking distance of each other! All Mayor Baldermann needs to now is get a Currency Exchange, liquor store, Dollar Store and Popeyes to complete this fine upscale shopping experience!
alski June 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Good Lord. Some people are just never happy with anything. Maybe N.L needs to open a Ditka's? Then you can enjoy the "Crispy Tuna Avocado Roll" appetizer for a mere $12.00 Follow that up with the "Hawaiian Bigeye Tuna" A family of four each ordering that delicious entree will only set you back $124.00 Wake up this is New Lenox and not Chicago's Gold Coast. Be glad businesses are showing an interest in setting up shop in our town. You don't like the restaurant don't eat there. If you feel your standards are above that of New Lenox then move to Frankfort where you'll pay four times the property tax and still have water running from your faucets that smells and tastes the same as what you can pump by hand at Pilcher Park.
Chris June 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM
alski, I'm sorry for thinking we could do better. I guess I'll get back to my plate full of IHOP's famous jelly donut pancakes and be quiet.
gary June 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I LOVE POPEYES WISH THEY WOULD COME A MUCH BETTER THAN OVER RATED AND EXPENSIVE KFC.THE DOLLAR STORES HAVE GOOD VALUE THE ONE IN LOCKPORT ALWAYS HAS EXPENSIVE CARS IN PARKING LOT. YOU MUST BE A SNOB CHRIS
Chris June 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Gary, I do agree Popeye's is much better than KFC. As for your other comment, I'm don't think I'm a snob. I try to buy as much Chinese and Bangla Desh made clothing and housewares as possible like any good American and then blame the government when there are not enough good paying domestic manufacturing jobs.
Lynne June 19, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Really, how many Verizon stores can one town use? This will make 3. And of course we need another hair salon like we need a hole in the head. How about attracting some real stores? Get some decent retail shopping. Why couldn't we have a plaza like Brookside Plaza in Tinley? They are still getting more stores. TJ Maxx and Ross is opening stores there besides all the other stores they already have. Or would that be too tacky for Chris?
Chris June 19, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Lynne, I enjoy TJ Maxx and Ross. I find Macy's tacky and have never forgiven them for replacing Marshall Fields.
alski June 19, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Lynne please define "Real Stores"? Also there were other businesses that had plans of opening then changed their minds. Mayor Baldermann is not the reason the economy is where it's at today. To Chris....."try to find clothing anywhere that isn't made in Viet Nam, Bangladesh, Korea, India, Or Pakistan". Stores have no problem selling this merchandise until one day a factory collapses and hundreds of kids making pennies a day are killed or injured. Then store officials are all aghast!!! We had no idea the conditions were like this. Child labor!! You must be joking!! OH PLEEEEEZ.....How else do you think that shirt is being made so stores can purchase them for a dollar and some change.
alski June 19, 2013 at 02:42 PM
But seriously...I would like to know what is a "Real Store" I don't think you can sell Sak's on the idea of opening a major store on the corner of Rt.30 and Cedar.
Lynne June 19, 2013 at 04:49 PM
First of all alski, there is nothing on the corner of Rte6 and Cedar and at the rate we are going there will never be. Also if Saks wouldn't open there, then how come we were SUPPOSED to get an upscale mall here with expensive stores? course they changed their minds like everyone else who planned to come here! Oh and if the economy is to blame for stores not coming here alski, then how come they are putting new stores in Tinley? If it was the economy they wouldn't be putting stores anywhere! When I bought my house 17 years ago I also looked at Plainfield. At the time Plainfield had nothing along Rte. 59 it was all open fields, same in Shorewood. Now they have al the shopping and are making tax dollars off them. Unlike this town that still has basically nothing and we all end up taking our tax dollars elsewhere. Smart move New Lenox.
Linda Colby June 19, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I am not sure why neighboring towns get Kohl's and Penney's and we get Walmart. Sure doesn't seem like a low income community with the taxes we pay.
Rande Arnott June 19, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Wow actually Ditkas would be a great addition to New Lenox!! At least give us a choice to have a nice dinner besides IHOP, White Castle or Pizza Hut?? Hey maybe Cicis Pizza will take up shop at the old Pizza Hut location??!!
Bill Miller June 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM
I was hoping we would get moo and oink
SSP June 21, 2013 at 09:54 AM
The trends in what's called "fast casual" should be considered options for New Lenox because these restaurants have been doing better than traditional fast food places and also outperform family-style sit-down places. An example is Moe's Southwest Grill. Panera and Chipotle would also fall into this category but they are already in the Mokena/Frankfort area. IHOP is trying to stay afloat in this declining segment, they are doing a decent job of it. But I do agree that we should consider not what our current demographic composition will attract, but where we want to be as a town. Simply, let's not bring in a lot of riff-raff and can we class it up a bit, Mr. Mayor?
Lynne June 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM
really SSP Class it up? I'm sorry maybe you forget where you live, this isn't Barrington or Kennelworth. Yes ,we do have some here with money, but many of the people who live here are blue collar, teachers, fireman cops, they are looking for affordable places to take thier families to eat. What this town needs is a mixture. Yes some nice "classy" restaurants would be nice but so are chain restaurants. We SHOULD consider what the current demographic is, they are the ones using the restaurants and stores and spending the money. Sorry SSP it appears I am the riff raff you speak of!
Robert Pry July 03, 2013 at 02:34 PM
If this is electronic "news" Can a reporter please contact Menards and find out what their plans are?
Marg August 07, 2013 at 10:05 AM
I agree Lynne...getting something like Brookside Plaza would be great. I'm sick of driving all the way out to Tinley for Ulta, Old Navy, Hallmark, etc...
NL4LIFE November 04, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Once Portillos moved to town then we just put ourselves on the map yo. Other legit businesses will eventually follow. Hopefully all of these businesses will help lower our taxes.
NL4LIFE November 04, 2013 at 08:36 AM
I will admit that I never go to IHOP, T. J. Maxx, Goodwill or Culvers. Culvers services blows. I am very happy Jersey Mike's Subs is coming soon.

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