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Last updated: Thu. Feb. 07, 2013 - 09:03 am EDT

Scotty's Brewhouse, Jared's jewelry and clinic coming to town

Will replace Hooters, Richards Restaurant and a Mike's car wash

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What do two former restaurants and a car wash have in common with a jewelry store, a walk-in clinic and an upscale pub?

The first three would be replaced by the last three, if city planners approve.

According to proposals filed with the Allen County Department of Planning, the Mike's Car Wash at Glenbrook Square – a long-time fixture on the parking lot that received an $800,000 upgrade in 1999 – would be replaced by a Jared's jewelry store.

The nearby location of the former Hooters restaurant at 920 Coliseum Blvd. E., which was vacant and destroyed by a fire Jan. 7, is slated to become the site of a Physicians Immediate Care Clinic.

And the former Richards Restaurant at West Jefferson and Getz Road near Westland Mall, which closed last July, will be the site of Fort Wayne's first Scotty's Brewhouse.

The Indianapolis-based Scotty's, which began in Muncie in 1996 and now operates nine restaurants in Indiana, had planned to open a Fort Wayne store several years ago in the Harrison Square protect downtown.

Delays in that project caused the company to reconsider, “but Fort Wayne never left our radar,” founder and CEO Scott Wise told The News-Sentinel last August. At that time, Wise said a location in northwest Fort Wayne was also being considered.

The local Scotty's will have as many as 125 employees and will be 7,500 square feet, at a cost of $3 million.

It should be open no later than this fall.

Jared's, “The Galleria of Jewelry,” is based in Akron, Ohio, and is planning a $1.1 million, 6,057-square-foot store – slightly smaller than the car wash it would replace. Mike's is now based in Indianapolis but was founded in Fort Wayne in 1948 and operates 42 car washes in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

Physicians Immediate Care is a Midwest-based company providing urgent care and occupational health services with about 20 locations in three states.

According to its Web site, no appointments are required and most clinics are open seven days a week, up to 12 hours a day, to treat non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. Clinics are staffed by a doctor or physician assistant under the supervision of a doctor.

The 4,500-square-foot clinic is expected to cost at least $500,000. The company had planned to renovate the former Hooters site but will be forced to build a new clinic instead after a spark caused by removal of restaurant equipment caused the fire last month.

kleininger@news-sentinel.com


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