Old Navy. Olive Garden. Red Lobster. Target. The word on the street is that these businesses are coming to Warsaw. If they are, they sure haven’t contacted Jeremy Skinner, Warsaw’s city planner.
“A site planner for Logan’s Roadhouse inquired about 6 months ago,” said Skinner, “but no permits have been applied for, and that was the last we heard from them.”
Before any work is done, requests and permits must go through the city planning office. While no national chain of restaurants or retailers have applied or inquired about setting up shop in Warsaw, two locally owned restaurants are expected in the near future. The Maple Leaf Grill was recently purchased by Arrow Um, the owner of O’s Computers, and the Redwood restaurant recently applied for a liquor license. Redwood is rumored to be opening where Wings Etc. was previously located near Walmart.
“I haven’t heard from either business as far as remodeling permits go,” said Skinner. “If a business plans on building a new location, a construction permit must be obtained by us. However, if they open in a location already zoned as commercial, they need to apply for a remodeling permit.”
Most businesses opening in an already standing building apply for remodeling. The only other permits required by the city planner would be for a change of use for the building or signage.
The same story holds true for the rest of Kosciusko County. According to the County Area Planning Commission, no new requests or permits are pending.