Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Chick-fil-A/Cumberland Pres. update

Memphis Heritage sent out an update today about the Cumberland Presbyterian building. You might remember that the property is currently slated for a Chick-fil-A.

"On Wednesday May 7 several local architects, on behalf of MHI, toured the Cumberland property to see what possibilities existed for the adaptive reuse of the building as a CFA restaurant. The next day these same architects met with Chick-fil-A's architect, construction specialist and VP's of Real Estate and Construction who flew in from Atlanta to review the findings.

It was a productive meeting. While both groups agreed that using the entire building is virtually impossible for CFA's needs, Chick-fil-A has agreed to review the plans that were discussed on May 8 and get back with MHI within the next several weeks regarding the possibility of some sort of compromise."

I'll be interested in seeing how this plays out. The church has already purchased other property off Germantown Road for its needs, so it's out of the picture. Chick-fil-A seems to be a responsible company; while the whole "closed on Sunday" sometimes bothers me as a hungry consumer, I respect its commitment to values over financial gain. And that fact that company reps are even meeting with members of the community is a good sign.

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