Community members fight over Chick-Fil-A location - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Community members fight over Chick-Fil-A location

The building owned by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church has been on the corner of Union and Rembert for more than 50 years.

Many want to keep it from coming down.

"Chick-Fil-A is certainly welcome to locate, if they could find a way to use that building, we would love to see that," Sam Goff of the Midtown Development Corporation said.

Memphis Heritage organized a meeting to discuss it's campaign to convince Chick-Fil-A from bringing in the wrecking ball.

"We may not be able to save the building, but we want a dialogue about it. We feel like the Midtown community is owed that," June West of Memphis Heritage said.

A meeting with Chick-Fil-A leaders was requested.

Perry Ragsdale is a Senior V-P.

In an e-mail response, he wrote, "We are currently in the negotiation and inspection period, so it would not be appropriate for us to meet with you at this time," Ragsdale said.

Part of the group's pitch is pointing out how other restaurants have re-used old buildings. Like the Holiday Ham just down the street from the church building.

So far, there are no picket signs or protests planned. But it could come to that in order to keep the building from coming down.

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