KETTERING — A Dayton-area restaurant chain isn’t buying the Kettering site it wanted, but it is still looking to expand in the city.
TJ Chumps co-owner Jim Dunn told the Dayton Daily News another party’s offer was accepted to purchase land in the Kettering Triangle Center between Stroop Road, Wilmington Pike and Woodman Drive.
But Dunn said his Kettering liquor license application has been approved and the sports bar with locations in Englewood, Fairborn, Huber Heights and Miamisburg is still shopping for a location in Montgomery County’s most populated suburb.
“Geographical it fits our needs,” Dunn said, noting the locations in the other suburbs surrounding Dayton. “And Kettering is the largest suburb of Dayton and we don’t have anything there.”
Dunn said the liquor licenses TJ Chumps has can be used in many areas of Kettering. He said the business is looking for about 2 acres or more to build a fifth site similar to the restaurant in Huber Heights.
It would likely provide about 40 to 50 jobs, he said.
Last week the Kettering Planning Commission recommended splitting more than 9 acres in the Kettering Triangle Center.
The lot split was requested by McDougall-Marsh Land Surveyors of Miamisburg. It wants to divide 9.2 acres at 1942-1950 E. Stroop, land now owned by SWG Kettering LLC, which has an Atlanta address, according to the city and county records.
If approved by Kettering City Council, the land would be split “into four new parcels of varying size,” City Planner David Roller said.
The lots would range in size from 0.87 to 4.88 acres, Kettering records show.