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Chick-fil-A, Carmel Car Wash planning stores on Garland Road

Chick-fil-A logoFirst, it was Casa Linda Plaza. Next, it was on the southwest corner of Gaston and Garland. Then, there was talk about a restaurant in both places.

Finally, it looks as if Chick-fil-A has decided to build its new neighborhood restaurant on the site of the former Legal Directories Publishing building, 9111 Garland Road and Oldgate, nestled next to a Sonic Drive-In and Mid-South Bank, on the other side of a strip shopping center from Barbec’s, and across the street from Richardson Bike Mart.

The Chick-fil-A deal is still being hammered out, so as with any real estate deal, there’s always a chance the deal dies before being completed; at the earliest, we’ll see a new restaurant there in late 2016.

Carmel Car Wash logoCarmel Car Wash, however, appears locked into the property since the site plan is being approved and permitted by the city right now.

The Garland Road Carmel Car Wash — same owner as the one at 6140 E. Mockingbird Lane, as well as  11 other locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — will have a single tunnel to wash cars (the Mockingbird location has two shorter tunnels), an inside waiting area (the Mockingbird store doesn’t have one) and about three times the number of exterior parking spaces for additional washing, vacuuming and detailing.

As for the Chick-fil-A, what this Garland Road site offers that the other two alternatives we’re written about don’t have is additional land and an immediately adjacent stop light to improve traffic flow and ingress-egress.

Another neighborhood real estate tidbit: The Dallas Arboretum at one point hoped to purchase the Legal Directories property, but wound up passing on the deal.

As for what’s happening with Chick-fil-A’s earlier targets — Casa Linda Plaza’s southeast corner and the Gaston-Garland corner — we haven’t heard, but we’ll let you know when we do.

We’re working to contact the car wash owner and Chick-fil-a for a site plan and elevations. We’ll pass them along when we receive them.

The former Legal Directories Publishing building will be torn down soon to make way for a Carmel Car Wash. Chick-fil-A is negotiating to build a restaurant on a portion of the site, too.

The former Legal Directories Publishing building will be torn down soon to make way for a Carmel Car Wash. Chick-fil-A is negotiating to build a restaurant on a portion of the site, too.

MidSouth Bank is directly south of the new Carmel Car Wash and possible Chick-fil-A restaurant on Garland Road at Oldgate.

MidSouth Bank is directly south of the new Carmel Car Wash and possible Chick-fil-A restaurant on Garland Road at Oldgate.


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Rick Wamre
RICK WAMRE is president of Advocate Media. He also writes a monthly column and blogs about neighborhood issues. Email him at rwamre@advocatemag.com.