The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is expected to open in December, and five other shops, including Jersey Mike's Subs, Great Clips, Verizon Wireless, Pizza Hut carry-out and the Bedding Experts are making progress as well.
IHOP is well underway, said Nancy Hoehn, village economic development director. It's expected to open in December. Already the framework on the tall signature tower is visible from Route 30.
Hoehn said she anticipates the other projects currently underway in the New Lenox Town Center to be open by the spring.
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The new businesses are part of the New Lenox Town Center development, which is anchored by Walmart. The 450,000 square feet square feet of retail space was launched in 2009. 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 Tire occupy parcels along Route 30.
Hoehn said she recently returned from a convention in Las Vegas where she marketed the attributes of New Lenox to numerous major retail chains. The village has the right environment for growth, and she planted seeds for development while at the convention.
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