- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Two Jonesboro couples have bought a vacant lot near a historic district to prevent a convenience store from setting up shop there.

The site near historic Downtown Jonesboro is zoned for commercial use, but Robert and Mary Kay Jones and Brian and Angie Dickson said they didn’t believe the store would fit in with the rest of the area.

“We express our sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all the members of the Jonesboro community who made their opinion clear that historic Main Street was not the right place for a convenience store,” the couples said in a letter published in The Jonesboro Sun. “…your calls, signs, letters, emails and personal comments certainly made the difference.”

The newspaper reported Friday (https://bit.ly/1xu5c1S ) that a purchase price wasn’t available. The couples formed Preserve Main Street LLC to buy the land but Robert Jones wouldn’t say who other investors may have been.

“We paid what we believed was a fair price and the seller believed was a fair price,” Robert Jones said.

The Kum & Go convenience store chain said moving on was an “appropriate business decision.

“We appreciate the input we received from neighbors and community leaders about this project,” said Niki DePhillips, the chain’s senior vice president of store development.

The site had been the home of a Baptist church. The new owners said there is no definite plan for the site but that they hope any development would fit in with the historic downtown area.

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com


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