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Wasn’t there a drive-thru at previous location of pharmacy?


QUESTION: Didn’t the building on the fourth outparcel at Oak Manor Market shopping center along North First Street in Mebane have a drive-thru, for the space originally occupied by Warren’s Drug Store?

ANSWER: Yes; however, the special use permit that allowed for the construction of the shopping center stipulated that any restaurants constructed on the outparcels would be “restaurants with no ‘drive-thru’ windows,” according to a letter that the city sent in January 2003, informing Barnett Properties LLC that the special use permit – with eight conditions – had been approved.

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The former drive-thru can be seen on the back side of what is now the Children’s Garden Montessori School at Oak Manor Market shopping center.

“The drive-through condition of the special use permit specified restaurants,” city officials emphasized to The Alamance News Wednesday. “No other businesses were prohibited from having a drive-through.”

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Mebane’s city council voted 3-2 Monday night to deny a special use permit that would allow the construction of a McDonald’s with a drive thru at the Oak Manor Market shopping center (see related story, this edition).

Warren’s Drug Store had a drive-up window at Oak Manor Market shopping center for patrons to pick up their prescriptions without having to come inside the pharmacy; it has since moved to a new location along South Fifth Street in Mebane.

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