Proposed Five Points Chick-Fil-A now has no drive-thru

08.3.2010 by André Natta · → 2 Comments

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CIMG0005UPDATE: Joseph Baker, president of I Believe in Birmingham, has posted a statement on the organization’s Facebook page this evening.

Applause erupted this afternoon during a subcommittee meeting of Birmingham’s Design Review Committee as representatives from Chick-Fil-A informed committee members and others gathered that the proposed Five Points South location would not include a drive-through.

The fast-food chain plans to present a conceptual proposal to the full committee during next Wednesday morning’s regularly scheduled meeting. That proposal will incorporate points and suggestions made by the subcommittee today.

Chick-Fil-A also announced that they planned to use and modify the existing building on the site – a former Ruby Tuesday’s location – as well as incorporate a playground and outdoor seating. Reusing the existing structure would also allow them to move forward with the project quickly.

The number of parking spaces would be reduced from 90 to 74. There was also a question about if there would be a change in operating hours as a result of the prominent location; they said that none was planned.

Photo: Chick-Fil-A presents to Design Review Committee subcommittee. acnatta/Flickr

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Chad
Chad

I'm with you Alienshards..... on top of what you said.... I'm sure the "playground" will be one of those plastic mulitcolored generic things that all the fast food restaraunts put in front of their buildings..... I think chick fil a should just abandon this idea...... its NOT A GOOD FIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alienshards
Alienshards

I'm still not entirely happy:1. Chick-fil-a doesn't open on Sunday. Sunday is already pretty barren in Five Points, another restaurant could help that. 2. They're reusing the old building. I don't like the old building. It wasn't on the street, so it doesn't really promote the street. 3. They're not a night time destination. Really, they're not a destination at all. Five Points needs more destination dining- Reasons for people to come into town. The only people who might go there very often would be UAB students-- But they have a chick-fil-a express on campus, so that hurts that business a bit. Can you imagine the motorcyle club meeting at Chick-Fil-A weekly? Overall, I don't think it matters much about losing the drive-thru. I think Chick-fil-a put up a fight about it to draw attention from addressing the real problem-- They were never a good fit to begin with. But we just focus on the drive thru, and now we think we've won, but we'll have a very out of place restaurant in a few months.