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Popular restaurant chain moving from South Whitehall to Lower Macungie

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Outback Steakhouse will relocate this South Whitehall Township location in the Village West Shopping Center to its new home at 800 North Krocks Road.
Outback Steakhouse will relocate this South Whitehall Township location in the Village West Shopping Center to its new home at 800 North Krocks Road. - (Photo / )

Though it may have been a mainstay in the Allentown area for many years, Outback Steakhouse will soon move to the massive Hamilton Crossings shopping center in Lower Macungie Township.

The company said it will relocate the South Whitehall Township location in the Village West Shopping Center to its new home at 800 North Krocks Road.

The new restaurant will bring 45 new jobs, raising the staff to 110, said Elizabeth Watts, spokeswoman for Bloomin’ Brands, parent company of Outback Steakhouse, in a statement. The 6,497-square foot restaurant will be able to seat 240 guests.

The new location opens at 11 a.m. on Nov. 15.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Hamilton Crossings, she said. On opening day, Outback will conduct a give-back event to show its support for the Trexlertown community by donating a portion of its sales to the Angel 34 Foundation, Watts said. The foundation is a national organization that raises funds for childhood cancer, with a local headquarters in Nazareth.

The $140-million open-air Hamilton Crossings shopping center opened in 2016.

Outback’s previous location at 3100 West Tilghman St. will close Nov. 12.

“We are in discussions with several restaurants and retailers for this second-generation restaurant space with visibility from the center’s main entrance and the intersection of Tilghman Street and North Cedar Crest Boulevard, with 19,500 vehicles daily,” said Kristen Moore, spokeswoman for Brixmor Property Group Inc. of New York, the firm that leases the space. “Research data shows a demand for restaurants with $11 million spent annually on dining, 14 percent higher than the U.S. average, within a one-mile radius of the center.”

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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