Ashvegas reader: Chick-fil-A could be coming to Merrimon Avenue

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Just got this. The planning and zoning meeting mentioned is tonight. Here’s the note from loyal reader M:

There is currently a plan to put in a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant with drive through at the Harris Teeter development on Merrimon. It’s not a done deal yet though. If you are concerned about more fast food in Asheville, excessive traffic on a street that can’t handle it or other issues about the Harris Teeter Phase 2 development then please do attend the meeting this evening at 5 pm at city hall, first floor. If you cannot attend then providing your comments – via e-mail – is the next best thing. Please send them to Julia Fields at [email protected] Julia is a planner with the city and is handling this project.

It is important that the Planning & Zoning Commission hear what we think about this issue. Appropriate development, with proper conditions/restrictions, can be a good thing for our neighborhood. But as many of you know, what a developer often has planned does not sit well with the adjacent neighborhood and can change the face of the general area for many years to come. Our voice can make a difference – so please take the time to attend the meeting or send in your comments!

By the way, Trader Joe’s development will have a side entrance on Chestnut too. And, since left turns out of Trader Joe’s onto Merrimon will be prohibited, many drivers will use the side entrance to turn right onto Chestnut and then turn left onto Merrimon from Chestnut. So when all is said and done…Chestnut will be a very busy street!

The plans for the Harris Teeter Phase 2 project are available through the City of Asheville’s Development Mapper. It is project # 231, and Harris Teeter Phase 1 is project #172.


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Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. dantheman May 17, 2013

    a lady who I go to church with is one of the head honchos over the CFA in Mooresville NC who asked the big dogs and they said there is not going to be a chick fil a on merrimon anytime soon

  2. Emily December 10, 2012

    Living on Merrimon, I will say that I’m not too thrilled. The traffic is already bad enough as is, will be worse with TJs and HT. i just cannot imagine throwing another drive-thru in the mix. Not to mention, Merrimon could easily be an extension of downtown with proper development.. Why ruin our beautiful area with poor development choices that do not foster community?

  3. Gerhard December 10, 2012

    / For dessert here’s a morsel I found on the net! /

    By signing same-sex marriage into law, the Bible-loving Washington State Governor is helping to fulfill the predicted “days of Lot” (Luke 17) – days Jesus said would precede and hurry up His return as Judge – and she is thus making the Bible even more believable! After swelling up with pride, Mt. Rainier will be having a blast that Seaddlepated folks can share in lava-land!

  4. Jason December 6, 2012

    Mmmm. A juicy, salty, crisply fried chicken breast. A soft, sweet, buttered and toasted bun. Two dill pickle chips. Add a side of waffle fries.

    Even with that (disgusting) list of ingredients, I think Chick-Fil-A is a step up from other fast food joints, both in quality of food and quality of service. It’s not something I eat daily or even weekly, but when I want/need hot fast food, they are usually my first choice.

    On a separate note, I also think that if you ask an openly Christian organization their stance on homosexuality or gay marriage, the question is rhetorical. People love controversy.

    1. Eric December 6, 2012

      I hope you aren’t suggesting that all Christian groups are anti-gay marriage and against homosexuality. That’s simply erroneous.

      1. John December 6, 2012

        You’re right. They aren’t. But they should be.

      2. dalo January 23, 2013

        the christians who are for gays read the false version of the bible like the NLT or the NIV

        1. RM January 25, 2013

          Why don’t we just let God sort ’em out. Putting the word hate and Christian in the same sentence is ludicrous.

          Also, wasn’t this about chicken?

          Every discussion in this town constantly has to turn into some BS political statement. People need to get lives.

        2. Big Al May 19, 2013

          Even the vaunted “KJV” is a translation of a translation of a translation, and one that was sanctioned by a king who was a known sodomite, so don’t get all high and mighty with the “correct Bible” thing.

  5. Kelly December 6, 2012

    ugh. another national chain gross chicken fast food place. there’s already a Bojangles on that corner. why on earth do we need that?!

  6. ahyorth December 6, 2012

    By all means go to the meeting and comment. But like a lot of city zoning and development related issues, the city has probably already decided what its going to do. As you put it, Merrimon is already congested and can’t stand more traffic, but for the city that’s not a valid argument against additional development.

  7. Yikes Really December 6, 2012

    So gross what Concerned Citizen posted. That is a lot of chemicals for a sandwich. With your money going toward factory farms, styofoam cups, anti-LGBT legislation, and obesity.

    WLOS covered it last night and it goes to City Council meeting in January

    monosodium glutamate otherwise know as MSG.

  8. Yo December 6, 2012

    Plus your money will go to hatin’ the gays…

    1. dalo January 23, 2013

      and thats a good thing.

  9. Concerned Citizen December 6, 2012

    Ingredients of a Chick Fil A Chicken Sandwich:
    Chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning [salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika], seasoned coater [enriched bleached flour {bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid}, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening {baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate}, spice, soybean oil, color {paprika}], milk wash [water, whole powdered egg and nonfat milk solids], peanut oil [fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added]), bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: liquid yeast, soybean oil, nonfat milk, salt, wheat gluten, soy flour, dough conditioners [may contain one or more of the following: mono- and diglycerides, calcium and sodium stearoyl lactylates, calcium peroxide], soy flour, amylase, yeast nutrients [monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate], calcium propionate added to retard spoilage, soy lecithin, cornstarch, butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color]), pickle (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, lactic acid, calcium chloride, alum, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate [preservatives], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1)

    1. Stacey December 6, 2012

      Did you see the anti-foaming agent in the list?
      How would you like some anti-foam with your chicken?

  10. John December 6, 2012

    I avoid Merrimon at all costs. What a traffic cluster f**k.

    1. ahyorth December 6, 2012

      My thoughts exactly, John

  11. Abraham Lincoln December 5, 2012

    mmmm growth hormones and other garbage

  12. wheyton December 5, 2012

    Old news…also AAA motor center.

  13. jabob December 5, 2012


  14. Murphy December 5, 2012

    Will the Chicken Shack have its’ own entrance/exit directly on to Merrimon …
    not really a good idea in that little stretch, imho.


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