New Fountain City restaurant brings traffic concerns

New Fountain City restaurant brings traffic concerns for residents

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A new Chick-Fil-A restaurant is being constructed at the location of the old Nixon's Deli at the intersection of Broadway and Rennoc Road. A new Chick-Fil-A restaurant is being constructed at the location of the old Nixon's Deli at the intersection of Broadway and Rennoc Road.
"I'm hoping that a lot of the traffic stays on Broadway where it is now and doesn't use our street as a cut-through," Steve Muffler said. "I'm hoping that a lot of the traffic stays on Broadway where it is now and doesn't use our street as a cut-through," Steve Muffler said.
"I'm sure it will bring some increase in traffic," said Pedro Lopez. "I'm sure it will bring some increase in traffic," said Pedro Lopez.
"I'm really excited about it, I think it's just going to be awesome," said Katie Odem. "I'm really excited about it, I think it's just going to be awesome," said Katie Odem.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

FOUNTAIN CITY (WATE) - Construction is finally underway for a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Fountain City.

For months rumors spread the popular chicken restaurant would move into the location of the old Nixon's Deli at the intersection of Broadway and Rennoc Road.

Now those rumors have given way to excitement and some concerns over what it will mean for traffic.

"I'm sure it will bring some increase in traffic," said Pedro Lopez, who lives next door to the incoming business.

On an average night, Broadway is bustling with cars going in and out of the numerous restaurants and new Kroger store.

"I'm hoping that a lot of the traffic stays on Broadway where it is now and doesn't use our street as a cut-through," Steve Muffler said.

Muffler and Lopez live in the historic Gibbs neighborhood. They were far more concerned when the new Kroger was built and hope the measures implemented with that business will keep any possible Chick-Fil-A out as well.

"The city of Knoxville worked with us, put a nice monument at the end of our street. They put a nice boulevard as a traffic calming device so people couldn't cut through onto our street from Kroger and vice versa," Muffler explained.

Other than the possible traffic, residents are welcoming the addition to the neighborhood.

"I'm really excited about it, I think it's just going to be awesome," said Katie Odem, another Gibbs resident.

Bulldozers are on site and construction is underway at the old Fountain Village. The sign is all that remains and residents are happy to see it go.

"I'm glad to see an older blighted property be replaced by a vibrant restaurant," Muffler said.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of summer.

Marshall Wilkins owns other Chick-Fil-As in the city and he says they have received an immense amount of positive feedback about the incoming restaurant.

He said the Fountain City location has been welcomed by the community and says the traffic in that area will be good for business. He was unaware of any plans to deal with possible traffic congestion. 

Residents agree, believing the new business will be good for the Fountain City community.

"I think it will bring a lot more people here," Odem said.

"I think it's good for the community in general," Lopez agreed.  "I think Broadway has been kind of neglected over the years and has fallen behind a little bit so its always good to see a new business come in

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