COPPERAS COVE — The City Council on Tuesday approved the replatting of a 1.5-acre lot for a proposed CVS Pharmacy, though the Black Meg 43 restaurant currently operates on a portion of the property.
“I love CVS, but we would have to relocate,” the hamburger restaurant’s co-owner, Doreen Vasseur, said in trying to draw the council’s attention to the plat of the proposed subdivision. “We would like to stay here, because we love Copperas Cove.”
Vasseur’s news to the council caused the governing body to hesitate in taking action on the item that would compress several smaller properties to make up the 1.5-acre lot.
Also included in the acreage is Reliable Paint and Body, portions of state right-of-way and right-of-way owned by the Santa Fe Railroad. The lot sits on the corner of Avenue D and U.S. Highway 190.
“It was my understanding that when we started this project Black Meg’s property wouldn’t be included,” said Councilman Jim Schmitz during the meeting.
CVS always had the option to purchase the entire property, said Michael Doggett, a civil engineer from Dallas-based Winkelmann & Associates, which represents the pharmacy chain for the project.
It would be easier for CVS to construct its building by leveling the area, Doggett said.
Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation’s executive director, Polo Enriquez, addressed the council’s concerns about losing the Black Meg 43 restaurant, which was started with a single Copperas Cove location in 2010 but opened locations in Killeen and Belton earlier this year based on its success in the city.
“We were made aware of this last week,” said Enriquez, noting the corporation’s job is to retain businesses as well. “We are going to work starting tomorrow to help them find a location.”
When the city faces large commercial developments of this size and nature, other businesses are going to get affected, said Enriquez after the meeting. That is one of the reasons the EDC works on business retention, to make sure those affected businesses can try to continue to operate.
Councilman Gary Kent and Mayor John Hull both said they didn’t want the burger restaurant to leave the city and hoped the corporation and the Chamber of Commerce would help them relocate to a better and bigger location.
Even though CVS is not the owner of all the properties as of yet, the council approved the replatting of the property to take effect when the pharmacy chain purchases the properties.
The Copperas Cove CVS will be the second location for the nationwide chain in the greater Fort Hood area, with the first being located in Temple.