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Board approves site plan for new Starbucks, Mattress Firm

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After rejecting plans for a Starbucks and Mattress Firm earlier this year, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved the final site plan for the two businesses on a 1.19-acre lot between Perkins Restaurant and the AT&T Store on Poplar Ave.
Board members cited parking, traffic and safety concerns as reasons for rejecting the initial site plan in April.
Since then, the site layout has been modified to add parking spaces and improve traffic circulation.
“This is a much, much better plan,” said Mark Underwood, a local developer working with site developers. “This was a cumbersome process. However, it is a much better plan that everyone can be proud of.”
The building set to house both businesses has been moved north on the lot to allow for more parking and additional visibility to Perkins Restaurant. Nine parking spaces have also been added and the handicap spaces will be more centrally located. The lot currently has 84 parking spaces.
The businesses are estimated to generate 1,756 vehicle trips a day.
“We feel that this is a perfect co-marriage for the lot,” said Underwood, referring to the fact that Starbucks will create more traffic than Mattress Firm.
Alderman Billy Patton, who’s Patton Computers business is located in the same shopping center, previously recused himself from voting on the site plan.
“I was negatively biased against the proposed site plan as a business owner,” said Patton, who abstained again from voting. “Now I believe they do have a better plan. They have addressed a lot of our concerns.”
With the addition of the 6,326-square-foot building, the shopping center is now at capacity.
In related news:
Board members appointed James Lawrimore to the town’s Beer Board. He will replace Kyle Armstrong, who is relocating for job reasons. Four residents applied for the position. Lawrimore is a retired construction and development consultant.

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