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Board opposes site plan for two retailers

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The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen cited traffic and safety concerns as reasons to scrap final site plans for a Starbucks and Mattress Firm near Perkins Restaurant on Poplar Ave.

Board members voted 4-1 against the plans Monday night, with Alderman Billy Patton, who’s Patton Computers business is located within the lot, recusing himself.

The site plans proposed the construction of a 6,326-square-foot retail building on the north side of Poplar Ave. between the existing Perkins Restaurant and AT&T store.

The Starbucks was slated to include a drive-thru on the west side of the building with access to Poplar Ave.

Parking for the overall site would be reduced by 55 spaces.

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Starbucks currently has a location on the opposite side of the street and is interested in moving locations.

Alderman Tom Allen expressed concern over available parking and increased traffic at the already busy retail lot.

“If you go out there on a Saturday or Sunday,” he noted, “traffic is already stacking up.”

Parking at the retail lot is unified, meaning patrons can park wherever they wish, not strictly near the business they are patronizing.

When asked why Mattress Firm was paired with the Starbucks for the proposed development, Shawn Massey, partner with the Shopping Center Group LLC, said the decision was “very deliberate.”

“The Mattress Firm is a low parking adjacent tenant with Starbucks,” he said. “They only have two or three customers a day. We wanted to bring in a low parking user as an adjacent co-tenant (to Starbucks).”

Robin Moreno, a representative with Perkins Restaurant, said she was worried about the Starbucks drive-thru lane being proposed near to the entrance of the restaurant.

“We are concerned that our employees and guests will have to walk through drive-thru traffic to enter the restaurant,” she said.

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