Monday, March 24, 2008

A Union of Chick-Fil-A and Cumberland Presbyterian

How can Chick-Fil-A open a restaurant on Union without demolishing the Cumberland Presbyterian building?

Build Next to Cumberland Presbyterian.

The old Catherine's shop to the east of Cumberland is part of the deal, as I understand it. There is nothing on that lot but a small commercial building and parking lot. Going straight back from that lot, away from Union, is a parking lot that (I believe) is part of the Cumberland Presbyterian property.

Chick-Fil-A could build on the Catherine's lot and Cumberland Presbyterian parking lot.

They would have lots of parking in the rear (or front if they wanted to move the building further back).

Most, most, most importantly*, they would still have lots of room for drive-thru traffic on the lot.

With exits to both Rembert (around the still standing Cumberland Presbyterian) and Union.

You don't have to look any further down Union than Taco Bell

or even closer, Starbucks,

for examples of thin lot, successful restaurant.

What about the Cumberland Presbyterian? It can't stay empty. Chick-Fil-A would still buy it, because they would need the exit to Rembert. But they could let needy church congregations use it for their ministries and possibly church services. It was, after all, built for that.

I've laid out the models here and you can play with them in Google Earth. Note that I modeled and scaled the Chick-Fil-A after the restaurant at 4916 Poplar (which I have included in the Google Earth file).

* Why most importantly? Because in my many years of living in Midtown, I've never seen a fast food restaurant on Union with a full parking lot (e.g., the Taco Bell parking lot above). Jammed drive-thru, but not parking lot. Starbucks is an exception only if you consider it a fast food experience.

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Blogger nathan said...

to be correct, starbucks does not own that back section of the parking lot. it belongs to the adjacent property (cosmic closet) owner.the starbucks lot only includes everything back to the drive through.

3:36 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

i bet they want the corner lot for easier access. any updates on advocacy efforts?

what is happening with that lot beside starbucks? i see construction...

9:03 AM  
Blogger Ganja Blue said...

Ok, so lets start up a petition and start circulating it among the numerous churches in Memphis. Chik-fil-a has long supported the faith community. Its pretty needless to state the influence of that community in Memphis. If churches and religious groups want to hold on to their heritage in Memphis, I couldn't fathom Chick-fil-a ignoring them.

When I visit Chick-fil-a (nugget munchies) I see half a dozen people I grew up at church with. I'll start spreading the word. I'm fairly well connected to two of the largest churches in the city.

9:14 AM  
Blogger nathan said...

the lot next to *$ was purchased by tmobile (i believe).

4:57 PM  

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