Could KFC Be Coming to Walgreens Plaza?

Tarrytown Planning Board met with a property owner investigating the possibility of turning Dollar Dream into a fast food drive-through.

Dollar Dream has been looking to close for a while now – as Patch discovered from their ad on Craigslist, where the owners admitted almost a year ago that they were eager to spend time with their grandchildren.

Hopefully retirement will come to them soon, but what could follow may surprise you.

The Tarrytown Centre property owner has come before the Planning Board looking to turn this store into a fast food restaurant with a drive-through window.

This would involve some reconfiguring of traffic lanes and parking bays, but apparently no new construction beyond an ordering station and a pick-up window. 

The idea is to make the plaza entrance by Dollar Dream only an exit, with one lane simply to leave as today, and another to drive by an order station and then the pick-up window. 

The board expressed concern about what would happen if the line had more than the planned space for six cars (think Burger King at Elmsford’s Bed, Bath & Beyond complex, which backs up across the light), so the applicant said they would consider a pre-order station holding place.

The property owner said they would bring an application to the Planning Board if the fast-food provider continues to be interested.

This fast-food provider is rumored to be KFC; the property owner as of last fall is Kurtsam Realty.

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Should this complex have another fast food drive-thru? Weigh in in the comments. 

Dean Gallea January 23, 2013 at 01:41 PM
If the plaza entrance from the Wildey/Central intersection becomes an exit, where would the entrance be? Krista, is there a misunderstanding here? The current exit is south of that entrance onto Central. Is the plan simply to split the entrance left and right to provide a lane for ordering?
Krista Madsen (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Wildey/Central would become just a double exit, leaving the existing two-way entrance and exit a few tens of feet south-east up Central Avenue unchanged. This drops an entrance, and one of the things the PB would have to look at is what that does to traffic flow on public streets and on the site.
ANNE BARSCHALL January 23, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Oh, just what we need: more unhealthy fast food. NOT We really need a shoe store.
Krista Madsen (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Sorry, correction to that: (this is confusing!) The Wildey/Central spot is just an entrance now - that entrance would become a double exit, the regular and the drive-through, and entry there would be via the Central Avenue spot only.
Jeanne January 23, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Seriously, that shopping center already has McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts. How much junk food is needed in such a small area? Might as well toss in a Taco Bell for good measure. And a pizzeria. And a Baskin Robbins.
Krista Madsen (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Agree. Chipotle anyone? I wish they'd come knocking.
John Anderson January 23, 2013 at 06:48 PM
What's up with the Hibachi place? KFC failed at the top of Beekman Ave. back in what, the early 80's? Anyone from KFC do a study? KFC is very pricey, even with a coupon. I'd love to see an El Pollo Loco, now that's chicken, slow grilled, not fried.
Krista Madsen (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Osaka Hibachi is open!
Krista Madsen (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Interesting, I didn't realize we used to have a KFC...back when they had name and not just letters...
Denise January 23, 2013 at 08:29 PM
How about a Boston Market????
John Anderson January 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Yeah, they figured they could save money making smaller signs ;)
John Anderson January 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM
What about Open Doors. I mean, they need a truly commercial area to operate efficiently. It's close to the people who use it.
Krista Madsen (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Location great but I'm sure that small storefront isn't big enough for their needs; they say they've outgrown their Beekman space.
Alberta M. Jarane January 24, 2013 at 04:22 PM
No more junk food. Unhealthy in all respects. Especially for the school age children and low income residents of both villages who tend to patronize such places in the highest numbers but who also suffer from its unhealthy side effects in the greatest numbers. I agree with a quality shoe store (purchase new and repair old). Or a fish market. Or a store like Squires in Chappaqua.
Jeanne January 24, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Speaking of which, Alberta, I am new to Tarrytown. I need to find a shoe repair place. Can you recommend one? I don't even know where one exists here. And I agree completely with your posting. Thanks!
John Anderson January 24, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Jeanne, go to a search engine and put "shoe repair 10591" there are few around. Supposed to be one at 6 Main St. Tarrytown.
Krista Madsen (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 06:36 PM
@John and Jeanne, I'm afraid we have none - that Main St. one closed a while back. I go to Ossining on Route 9. 226 N Highland Ave Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 941-9548. Closest I've found - seems we could use one here!
Jeanne January 24, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Wow. Thanks so much. So I have an idea for the space in the Walgreen's center. How about a GREAT ITALIAN DELI. There is none in Tarrytown,
Jeanne January 24, 2013 at 06:44 PM
How about a really great Italian deli??? There is none around here that I know of. Now this is something that Tarrytown really NEEDS.
Nanci January 24, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Italian Deli would be great! Enough with the south american restaurants. How about a good cuban restuarant? Boston market would be great too! Please, no Open door clinics, that's all we need ,NOT!
JIM January 24, 2013 at 07:10 PM
make it a butcher shop! we need a good one around here
Denise January 24, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Yes, like an A&S in Thornwood or Millwood! Great idea!
john slivin January 25, 2013 at 07:18 PM
yum brands really dropped the ball on this one...obviously did not scout area at all....if they did it would be Taco Bell all the way......but seriously this is not good we don't more crap fast food the nation is fat enough........truly amazes me that there the closest Whole Foods is in White Plains.....you would think in Westchester there would be one every other town........no we get KFC......Brutal just Brutal
Suzanne Gordon February 05, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Please, No more junk food, especially in that depressed area. How about a green market, fresh veggies and the like at a discount? That seems to be a better option.
Dean Gallea February 12, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Making that Wildey entrance an exit will be a problem. Exiting traffic will go one of three ways (since Valley is one-way out): 1) Straight onto eastbound Wildey, requiring them to cross a currently active lane no matter what phase the light is on 2) Left and immediately left again onto westbound Wildey, a very awkward turn that will block traffic entering Central. Preventing this will require adding a third phase to the traffic light, which will delay traffic and make this intersection very busy. Remember, this is also a bus route, a truck route, and a major traffic route to and from the train station and the H-bridge. 3) Right onto Central, increasing interference with traffic at the remaining entrance. Traffic wisdom dictates you don't design an exit and an entrance to cross each other. A better solution is to put the ordering and pick-up stations in front of the store. It may be ugly, but it won't be as disruptive for the community.
Dean Gallea February 12, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Great idea! A locavore store, with seasonal produce from Hilltop Hanover and Stone Barns. Farmer's market in the parking lot in the warm weather.


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