Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mcdonald's to "enhance" a busy intersection?

The Fresno Bee this weekend provided an update on the endless pursuit to build yet another McDonald's in Clovis.

Map showing new McDonald', in context with three other nearby McDonald's franchises. (yes, A and C are two different locations).



It was over a year ago that I posted about the initial application, and how terrible the design was for a busy intersection.

Aside from being surrounded on all sides by cars, the new store will front Clovis with quite a beautiful facade.


The delay in construction was caused by a private dispute among the tenants of the shopping center, and contracts related to chicken sales. The city had no issues with the design.

According to the Bee, the city could not wait for the dispute to end so that the new building could go up.
City officials said they would not bend rules on the lot size, but they also were eager to enhance a busy intersection with new construction and landscaping on now-vacant dirt.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/05/02/3906806/chicken-fight-over-mcdonalds-can.html?sp=/99/217/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy
While I'm no fan of dirt lots, I think my definition of "enhance" exists on another dimension to that of the city's.

It's a shame that the Clovis Way of Life continues to mean ugly strip development at every corner.

You'd think they'd learn from the mistakes Fresno made, but alas....

2 comments:

  1. Run a map of Starbucks with drive-thrus and you will see a similar proximity pattern.

    For example, in north Clovis there are Starbucks with drive-thrus at Herndon/Willow, Willow/Nees, Clovis/Herndon, Clovis/Fowler, and Temperance/Alluvial. That doesn't include the others on Shaw and other locations in Clovis.

    For a company that was supposed to be a "Third Place" away from home and work they have instead focused on the grab and go crowd in Clovis with some locations only 1 mile apart.

    Of course the epitome of a bad Starbucks drive-thru plan has to be across from the SaveMart Center on Shaw in Fresno. Traffic often backs up in the parking lot forcing other cars to wait to pull into spaces to patronize the rest of the center.

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    1. Whats interesting is that there was a starbucks at Armstrong and Shaw that closed. I think it didnt have a drive-thru.

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