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Crosstown Inn gives way to fast-food hotspot

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Published:   |   Updated: July 30, 2014 at 11:35 PM

The corner of Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway was once home to the Crosstown Inn motel that catered to a distinctly discount-seeking customer. Now, after a rezoning, the corner is fast turning into a lunch spot, ringed with the biggest national brand fast-food restaurants.

Construction is now underway for a Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Smoothie King and Jersey Mike’s, not to mention a couple national retailers like Verizon.

Only a few merchant slots remain to be taken, according to a flier for the property circulated by the commercial real estate firm Hybridge. That includes space for a bank and two remaining spots for retailers with 1,400 square feet each and one with 1,000 square feet.

“We anticipate most of the locations will be open in the October/November timeframe, if not soonafter,” said Whit Taylor, the Hybridge leasing agent for the site.

The corner previously had a 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station, but the present site map does not call for a traditional street-facing gas station. Instead, the property layout calls for a doughnut-shaped ring with retailers on the outside and shared parking in the middle.

The Chick-fil-A will have a dual drive-thru setup where the line begins inside the complex’s parking lot, with two lanes for customers to order, and then merging into a single lane for payment and pickup. The as-yet-unnamed bank will also have a drive-thru lane on the interior of the site.

“We’re in discussion with a few different banks,” Taylor said. “We’re also exploring other tenants for that space, but not another food user. There’s already enough food options there.”

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