New LaFollette McDonalds

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proofpositive

Knoxville, TN

#1 Aug 24, 2012
Found this on WLAF's Website. Since the first post is beginning to get way off topic, here is some more information:

http://1450wlaf.com/
proofpositive

Knoxville, TN

#2 Aug 24, 2012
If the link somehow goes down, here is all the information on it:

Mickey D's is coming to La Follette

The city has approved everything on its end. The landowners have done their part. Now it’s up to McDonald’s corporate officials to decide if the lot on East Central Avenue at the corner of First Street next to the Big Creek Bridge is where they want to build a McDonald’s Restaurant. Nick Thompson grew up in business in downtown La Follette where he and his family owned stores on North Tennessee, East Central, and Indiana Avenues and would love to see Mickey D’s come to town. He owns the Central Avenue portion of the land while Glenn Shelby, who owns the next lot on First Street behind Central, is also a part of the negotiating since McDonald’s will also need Shelby’s space to make it all work. Thompson tells WLAF that downtown needs a boost and McDonald’s will be a boost. He says the prospects are real good for the golden arches to hang its shingle in the heart of town across from Wender Furniture. However, he cautions that anything can happen once corporate becomes involved. Thompson explains that a 4,000 square foot building that will stretch all the way to the creek is in the plans with a retaining wall at Big Creek. This very month, McDonald’s is building a restaurant in Bristol, Connecticut, as the first step in a revitalization project for Bristol’s downtown area. He adds that once everything is approved, they’ll start construction in La Follette within 90-days. Thompson’s rough guesstimate for an opening date for McDonald’s is likely sometime in the spring of 2013.(UPDATED WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012, 6:00 AM)
Jesus was right

Covington, GA

#3 Aug 24, 2012
This would change downtown completely. I hope it happens.

“what's your major malfunction?”

Since: Aug 12

San Diego, California

#4 Aug 25, 2012
proofpositive wrote:
If the link somehow goes down, here is all the information on it:

Mickey D's is coming to La Follette

The city has approved everything on its end. The landowners have done their part. Now itÂ’s up to McDonaldÂ’s corporate officials to decide if the lot on East Central Avenue at the corner of First Street next to the Big Creek Bridge is where they want to build a McDonaldÂ’s Restaurant. Nick Thompson grew up in business in downtown La Follette where he and his family owned stores on North Tennessee, East Central, and Indiana Avenues and would love to see Mickey DÂ’s come to town. He owns the Central Avenue portion of the land while Glenn Shelby, who owns the next lot on First Street behind Central, is also a part of the negotiating since McDonaldÂ’s will also need ShelbyÂ’s space to make it all work. Thompson tells WLAF that downtown needs a boost and McDonaldÂ’s will be a boost. He says the prospects are real good for the golden arches to hang its shingle in the heart of town across from Wender Furniture. However, he cautions that anything can happen once corporate becomes involved. Thompson explains that a 4,000 square foot building that will stretch all the way to the creek is in the plans with a retaining wall at Big Creek. This very month, McDonaldÂ’s is building a restaurant in Bristol, Connecticut, as the first step in a revitalization project for BristolÂ’s downtown area. He adds that once everything is approved, theyÂ’ll start construction in La Follette within 90-days. ThompsonÂ’s rough guesstimate for an opening date for McDonaldÂ’s is likely sometime in the spring of 2013.(UPDATED WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012, 6:00 AM)
what's everyone's guess that if McDonald opens a second one that more restaurants will start looking at our area?
yippee

Bellevue, WA

#5 Aug 25, 2012
need something to shake up this town besides drugs..come on taco bell

“what's your major malfunction?”

Since: Aug 12

San Diego, California

#6 Aug 25, 2012
yippee wrote:
need something to shake up this town besides drugs..come on taco bell
i think something different that can drag people over to our side of town. Maybe a jack in the box. Apparently, when I was at the jellico 4th of July festival, a restaurant called sweet peas, serving vegetarian deli, is opening, something unique like that would be cool. Firehouse subs even?
Not smart

La Follette, TN

#7 Aug 25, 2012
How much is the citizens of Campbell County and especially Lafollette paying McDonalds to come into town? They don't do this unless we pay them to. As soon as Lowes 5 year contract is over there will be another empty building like kmart and ingles bldg. sitting empty. Lowes will be moving on. Besides it is not smart to have two Mcdonalds in less than 3 miles of each other. Don't make any business sense for Mcdonalds it is business suscide.
aint no way

Bellevue, WA

#8 Aug 25, 2012
figures everything here comes & goes..only thing that stays is drug infested roaches
proofpositive

Knoxville, TN

#9 Aug 25, 2012
Actually, the McDonald's in Jacksboro was, at one time,(don't know if it still is or not), John Faris' 2nd busiest restaurant in his company. And that was out of all the Knoxville stores he owns. Still haven't heard if this is going to be a Faris owned franchise store or if it's going to be a corporate owned store.

On another note, had no idea that Lowe's was going out of business? First I've heard of it. Thought that their business was fair enough up here. In fact, from what I was told, Lowe's put a hurt on a portion of Walmart's Hardware and Garden business.

Kmart building has been tied up in a dispute for several years now, from my understanding. That's why nothing has been done with that building. At least the old Ingles building has had some work done to it and looks attractive enough to land some smaller shops.

I do agree that if McDonald's builds a business in downtown LaFollette, it would be an attraction for other businesses and other shops/stores would follow.

As for paying for the building, the tax payers wind up paying for everything built in the county, from roads, to schools, to new businesses, so that's beside the point, wouldn't you think?
Cody

United States

#10 Aug 25, 2012
Actually the Kmart building is owned by wenders furniture and is being used as a warehouse. Pizza hut will soon move into one if the spots in the renovated ingles building.
hmm

La Follette, TN

#11 Aug 25, 2012
heard lindsey owned kmart building and used it for furniture storage. hm. can't stand the smell of mc'ds and there's plenty of places that won't allow one within their co/city limits in other states for the rep they have of trashy ppl turning into a hangout instead of 'family' joint so they refuse to take the risk of drawing in that kinda crowd. seein as how it is in laf w/o them here already i can easily well imagine that's what'll happen with it. smh if there's other businesses even thinking about seein what happends with mc'ds before they decide if they will risk it it's a safe bet they already decided its a bad idea but cost nothin to wait an see.
hmm

La Follette, TN

#12 Aug 25, 2012
proofpositive wrote:
Actually, the McDonald's in Jacksboro was, at one time,(don't know if it still is or not), John Faris' 2nd busiest restaurant in his company. And that was out of all the Knoxville stores he owns. Still haven't heard if this is going to be a Faris owned franchise store or if it's going to be a corporate owned store.
On another note, had no idea that Lowe's was going out of business? First I've heard of it. Thought that their business was fair enough up here. In fact, from what I was told, Lowe's put a hurt on a portion of Walmart's Hardware and Garden business.
Kmart building has been tied up in a dispute for several years now, from my understanding. That's why nothing has been done with that building. At least the old Ingles building has had some work done to it and looks attractive enough to land some smaller shops.
I do agree that if McDonald's builds a business in downtown LaFollette, it would be an attraction for other businesses and other shops/stores would follow.
As for paying for the building, the tax payers wind up paying for everything built in the county, from roads, to schools, to new businesses, so that's beside the point, wouldn't you think?
pretty sure WM couldn't care less about whatever Lowe's may have 'took' from em in their hardwares/paints/household/gar den whatever dept as if those depts are a HUGE part of their GLOBAL businesses. ur funny. lol yep that other poster talkin about Lowes will be deciding to shut down and haul outta here at the end of their 5 yr contract sounds about right. without a BUILDING boom - as lowe's is most about construction and renos seems they were hedging their bets that because of deerfield and a little time risking the economy would get better enough to see some res construction pick back up... well.. just wouldn't be surprised at the end of five yrs they decided it just isn't making them enough money to make sense to keep this one open.
proofpositive

Knoxville, TN

#13 Aug 26, 2012
hmm wrote:
<quoted text>
pretty sure WM couldn't care less about whatever Lowe's may have 'took' from em in their hardwares/paints/household/gar den whatever dept as if those depts are a HUGE part of their GLOBAL businesses. ur funny. lol yep that other poster talkin about Lowes will be deciding to shut down and haul outta here at the end of their 5 yr contract sounds about right. without a BUILDING boom - as lowe's is most about construction and renos seems they were hedging their bets that because of deerfield and a little time risking the economy would get better enough to see some res construction pick back up... well.. just wouldn't be surprised at the end of five yrs they decided it just isn't making them enough money to make sense to keep this one open.
Just wondering what it is that makes you such an expert on all the comings and going in Campbell County. Do you have some insider knowledge? A business Degree? Enlighten me, oh Great King of All Knowing, as to how you know all this? It seems to me that you really know no more than I really do about anything. Speculation and Gossip. Lowe's has a similar model to Walmart. They would cut Labor and run the store with less people before they would just shut an entire location down. Lowe's settled here for a reason and if they hadn't of thought that their store would be any once of profitable at all, then they would not have built it to begin with. Ball is in your court now...please reply with something witty Oh Great King of All Knowing!
huh

Knoxville, TN

#14 Aug 26, 2012
hmm wrote:
<quoted text>
pretty sure WM couldn't care less about whatever Lowe's may have 'took' from em in their hardwares/paints/household/gar den whatever dept as if those depts are a HUGE part of their GLOBAL businesses. ur funny. lol yep that other poster talkin about Lowes will be deciding to shut down and haul outta here at the end of their 5 yr contract sounds about right. without a BUILDING boom - as lowe's is most about construction and renos seems they were hedging their bets that because of deerfield and a little time risking the economy would get better enough to see some res construction pick back up... well.. just wouldn't be surprised at the end of five yrs they decided it just isn't making them enough money to make sense to keep this one open.
Say what?? Say it again, this time in english.
Hah

Jacksboro, TN

#15 Sep 25, 2012
I work at the McDonald's in Jacksboro, and there is no discussion about it being a Faris owned store. As far as we know, as crew & managers, it is not going to be owned by John Faris
slypknaughty

United States

#16 Sep 26, 2012
you work at mickey D's? lol mickey D's nutz! everyone that works there is trash.
Hah

Rockwood, TN

#17 Oct 1, 2012
come get some ;-*
Mercyme

La Follette, TN

#18 Oct 1, 2012
Tom Robards owns the k-mart building.
hmm wrote:
heard lindsey owned kmart building and used it for furniture storage. hm. can't stand the smell of mc'ds and there's plenty of places that won't allow one within their co/city limits in other states for the rep they have of trashy ppl turning into a hangout instead of 'family' joint so they refuse to take the risk of drawing in that kinda crowd. seein as how it is in laf w/o them here already i can easily well imagine that's what'll happen with it. smh if there's other businesses even thinking about seein what happends with mc'ds before they decide if they will risk it it's a safe bet they already decided its a bad idea but cost nothin to wait an see.
Big Mc chicken

United States

#19 Oct 6, 2012
I heres there going too punt in to drive turs 1 for food & 1 for pills.

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