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Chico, Calif.-- Chico business owners are appealing a plan to build a Subway drive-thru restaurant on Nord Avenue.
Eight different owners all say this would block traffic and get in the way of delivery trucks.
The city of Chico's zoning administrator approved a use permit to relocate the Subway from across the street in the Safeway shopping center in order to build the drive-thru restaurant.
But the new location, in the old Star Liquors building is not exactly desirable according to at least 8 business owners that share the shopping center.
It's not just about an anticipated shortage of customers parking - they're worried that a drive-thru line would block off access that they need for delivery trucks to re-stock their kitchens and shelves.
"We have a wonderful relationship with all of our business neighbors as it stands and we're welcoming these folks as well but the drive-thru doesn't make sense for everybody," said owner of Kona's on Nord, Dave Whyte.
"They can move in, I don't mind. My concern is only the drive-thru, drive-thru would be miserable," said Pawan Pabbi, owner of Star Liquors.
Based on the traffic seen at the Subway restaurants in Paradise and Yuba City, the company expects about 5 to 15 cars an hour.
The drive-thru line would be directed between the subway and the nail salon in a horsehoe, because there's no space to go around the building.
Whyte says this is also a problem because neighbors access this shopping and restaurant mall on foot from the apartments behind it.
There's a gate opening that feeds to the exact spot of the drive-thru turn-around, and he worries this is not safe for pedestrians.
The businesses will bring their concerns to Chico City Council on August 7th.
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