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Ain’t ‘lovin’ it’: McDonald’s reneges on downtown site plans

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LAFOLLETTE—Downtown LaFollette won’t be getting a McDonald’s restaurant anytime soon. LaFollette Planning Commission Chairman Stan Foust said the deal fell through on Tuesday. 

“I hate that we lost it. We did everything in our power to make it work,” said Foust.

Property owner Bill Claiborne had been negotiating with McDonald’s over a lot at the corner of Central Avenue and 13th Street. Part of that property was under a current lease agreement to provide additional parking for the adjacent Riggs Pharmacy. 

“The hang up was contested property overlapping into Riggs parking,” said Claiborne.

Foust estimated the leased lot would accommodate 28 vehicles if fully occupied.