Developer Mark Lambert tried his darndest to get an Asian restaurant into his latest Shops at BlueStone building.

But that’s not happening.

“I’m bummed,” he said. “It’s not for lack of trying.”

He did convince AT&T to open up a cellphone store in one of the three spots. A dental office will open in the other spot to round out the offerings of restaurants and services at BlueStone. They include a coffeehouse, sandwich shop, Mexican restaurant, frozen-yogurt shop, nail salon, barbershop, waxing service, optical store and two credit unions.

“These two tenants are very excited to be here,” Lambert said of AT&T and the dentist. “We agreed each would take the remaining space, and it made sense.”

The spaces await buildout and finishing work by the tenants.

“We will see them by late fall,” Lambert said.

This third building in the line of retailers along Woodland Avenue that make up the Shops at BlueStone was completed this summer. Pizza Hut Wing Street snapped up the most visible spot, at the corner of Woodland Avenue and Clover Street. It is shooting for a Sept. 15 opening.

But why BlueStone?

“It’s close to campus, BlueStone is a new development, and we figured it’s an up-and- coming area,” said Doug Prickett, director of franchise operations for the Texas-based company that owns the new BlueStone Pizza Hut.

It will be the first Pizza Hut in the area with the chain’s Wing Street format, serving pasta, chicken wings and beer along with pizza.

Bolstered by a job fair at the site last week, the business plans to hire 25-30 employees.

The franchise’s other Duluth Pizza Hut, in West Duluth, has been closed for remodeling. It will reopen in about a month, also with the Wing Street format, Prickett said.

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