SOUTHINGTON — A Cheshire Coffee location planned for a West Street plaza earlier this year will not open.
Developer Mark Lovley said owners of the coffee shop decided against moving forward with the location about six months ago after learning a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen would be built as a standalone restaurant in the parking lot.
Cheshire Coffee owner Jason Wagoner confirmed he pulled out of plans for the location due to construction of the fast food restaurant.
“Everything in Southington is put on hold for now, until we sort it all out,” he said.
Lovley said the commercial plaza, which was completed four months ago, has space for seven businesses, but currently has just two tenants in addition to the Popeyes.
Wagoner said construction of the Popeyes reduced available parking space.
“We drove up there to check and we realized that there’s no parking spaces,” Wagoner said.
According to Lovley, there are more than 100 spaces for the plaza, which he considered to be a sufficient amount.
Wagoner said because the restaurant was built, a number of parking spaces meant for the tenants of the plaza were not available. He said customers would not park in the other parking spots, which he said are farther away, to get a cup of coffee.
“When we originally signed the agreement, that was our parking space,” Wagoner said.
Lovley, however, said he always intended to have a building in that area of the plaza. “There was always something planned to go there, but we didn’t know what use it was going to be at the time,” Lovley said.
Wagoner said there’s a possibility that a Cheshire Coffee store will open in another location in Southington, though he does not expect that anytime soon.