Asheboro community members are rallying around a popular local restaurant that’s had a rough couple of months.
RASHEEDA KABBA: Yeah, so on Monday, he actually got here, and he drove up only to find that this parking lot was blocked off. This is located right behind his restaurant. He was utilizing it, just as you said, for curbside pickup, which he really needs right now because of COVID-19. And today, after they went to social media last night, they actually had a meeting today with the city manager, the Asheboro mayor, and Magnolia 23, as well as other business owners who utilize this same parking lot.
Take a look at this. So Don [? Simmons ?] owns Magnolia 23. He tells us that he was called-- nobody was actually called or met with him about having to tell his customers that they could not use this parking lot. They've been using this parking lot since they opened up, but more so since the pandemic hit. It's been helping them keep business afloat with curbside services. Asheboro mayor David Smith tells Fox 8 it was all a misunderstanding between Magnolia 23 and [? Schwartz ?] Property Management, who owns this property right here. But they had to tell all their employees to go home on short notice, about 15 of them.
- We're the one business that was not really notified of their plans. Other businesses [INAUDIBLE] businesses across the street were notified, but we were not.
- And the guy works like crazy. He makes sure his customers, everybody that comes in here, he makes the rounds. He makes sure the food's OK. The guy does good work.
- They can clearly walk over and communicate with us. They can reach us on Facebook. So I think that's a cop-out.
RASHEEDA KABBA: Now, the mayor tells me the reason why it's blocked off is because the company who owns this property, the construction is going to take about three weeks. They're hoping to actually expand more parking. We're not sure if that parking is going to be able to be utilized by the nearby businesses, as well, but we do know that it's going to be blocked off for three weeks. Magnolia 23 says that they've been working with property management, and that they plan to speak to them about some of the ways that they can kind of resolve these issues. I also reached out to [? Schwartz ?] Property Management. I was not able to get a hold of them. But as I said, they were able to speak to Magnolia 23 to try to find a solution to this issue. Reporting live from Asheboro, Rasheeda Kabba, Fox 8 News.