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McDonald's Moving to Downtown Maplewood?

If the Golden Arches sought to move to Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road, would you be a supporter?

Ward 3 Councilman Shawn Faulkingham raised some residents' concerns on Facebook when he posted the following note to his Facebook page:

"McDonald's has been mulling around the space next to the new CVS. I am vehemently opposed to a McDonald's in Maplewood. I believe I have enough support on the Council to squash it. If you have any thoughts, please share."

The note drew plenty of responses from people who agreed with Faulkingham. A few others responded on Patch's Facebook page too.

He also described why he opposes the move, stating that Maplewood is a "healthy, walkable and sustainable community" that has "enough restaurants that sell CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operations) foods."

In a follow-up call with Patch, Faulkingham said McDonald's hasn't officially contacted the city, but said the popular fast food chain has talked to nearby residents about the possible move.

"They even have drawings," said Faulkingham, who represents the ward encompassing that area.

The location currently houses Auto Plaza Ford, though it was redevelopment.

But there's still enough space to fit a McDonald's behind the pharmacy, Faulkingham said.

Right now, that corner is zoned for pharmacy usage, so any new development would require city council approval.

That's encouraging for Faulkingham, he said, because he would try to rally residents and council members against having a fast food chain at the corner.

What do you think? Would you support or oppose a McDonald's at that corner? Please vote in our poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Pat Maloney (Wilken) January 26, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I did not realize QT was trying to move to this corner too. Why?? What will happen to Shell?? Why doesn't QT stay where they are now?? I also wanted to note, that I have seen the kids crossing there in the morning and afternoon. Unfortunately, they do NOT go to the stop light, and they just cross in the middle of the street......either stopping the traffic, or almost getting hit by cars. Now I am sure some of them do go to the traffic light, but a lot of them cause hazards to the traffic too.
TP January 27, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Shell would be sitting right across the road from a QT which I'm sure won't be helpful to them. Sure, there are kids - adn adults - that do not cross at the lights, but I have personally seen one kid get hit hard enough to knock his knees out from under him (although luckily his trumpet case took the brunt of the impact) and he ended up on the hood of the car. He was in the cross walk, crossing with the light AND the crossing guard was standing right there. It mostly happens in the farthest West lane of Big Bend, where drivers are trying to make a right hand turn thru the red light to get on Manchester headed West and aren't looking at what is going on right in front of them because they are more worried about getting in front of any cars coming down Manchester. Adding a McDonald's in this area would increase the number of distracted drivers as they are trying to salt their fries or balance their coffee and drive past the folks rushing in to pick up a prescription at CVS and gass up at QT. Adding a QT would also add beer trucks making deliveries into the mix. And I shudder to think about the congestion (and people trying to race thru to avoid getting caught, when tons of drivers are trying to drive into and out of QT. Traffic gets blocked on Big Bend and Flora where they are now and only one busy road (Big Bend) is involved. Add Manchester to the equation and it's insanity.
Shawn Faulkingham January 27, 2012 at 05:52 PM
That McDonald's is located in the Deer Creek Center; however, that is actually Webster Groves.
Doug Smith January 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM
McDonalds ranks right up there with the cigarette companies in that lack of moral conscious. They par-fry in lard, then finish with vegetable oil at the store, then tout their goodness. Folks, it ain't food, Hello!!!.
Heidi Barks January 30, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Are they going to make it easier for cars to turn into the parking lots so it does not back traffic up for people wanting to visit these businesses? I think they are starting at the end and in the next 5 – 10 years they will eventually work there way down to Sutton. I hope this doesnt happen but you know that everyone has a hard time fighting city hall.They probably would need something small so there isnt alot of traffic

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