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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  • Stephonz

    Carmel were so lucky to snap up that location for this project. I was eyeing the same kind of carwash project around that Lakewood location.. danng it. Bravo to them. Awesome site and project

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  • I put in a call to the property owners today, what88dog, and I’ll let you know if I find anything out. Thanks.

  • what88dog

    I haven’t seen any construction so far. Is there an update on what will be located there?

  • JW64

    I’m sure the property was available for your project, why didn’t you buy/lease it and revitalize it yourself?

  • JW64

    Predictable Lakewooder is predictable.

  • YES! Let’s tear down a building and add a carwash and fastfood chain… can we get some adaptive re-use going on somewhere!?!?

  • Another good question I can’t answer, Los_Politco. We’ve requested the area traffic studies from the City, but for some reason, they aren’t eager to provide them. We’re still working to obtain them, though.

  • Los_Politico

    Does this mean we can still get a traffic circle at Gaston/Garland/East Grand?

  • I can’t answer that question positively, but based on my interviews, this is the same Chick-fil-A that originally was planned for that site. From what I understand, the new location at 9111 Garland offers more land and better access (due to the stoplight) than the Gaston-Garland location did, so Chick-fil-A choose to pursue this location instead.

  • web

    Shocking the Carboretum passed on adding to their empire. Shame though that revitalizing this corridor consists of yet another car wash and fast food.

  • mdmost

    What happened with the Chickfila at Gaston and Grand?