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Chico Business Owners Appeal Plan for Subway Drive-thru

A plan to move the Subway on Nord from the Safeway shopping center across the street to the old Star Liquors building will go before council, after surrounding business worry that there's just no room for a drive-thru.

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 3:31 AM
Updated: Jul 24, 2018 10:12 AM

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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