People living in one of Charlotte's older neighborhoods are lining up against the possibility of a new mega-convenience store opening nearby.
Most residents of Wesley Heights, just west of I-77, appear to be against Quik Trip putting a store between Freedom Drive and West Morehead Street, on a lot now occupied by a body and detail shop.
"One thing we do not need is another service station in this area," says Marvin Weissman, who moved to Wesley Heights about 10 years ago.
Neighbors say they don't want the area that is undergoing something of a renaissance after the recession to be overrun with traffic.
"We definitely want retail businesses to come in but we really want to see things that are more pedestrian friendly -- that encourage families to walk to the park," says Shannon Hughes, who is helping lead the fight against the convenience store.
But a spokesman for Quik Trip says it's all to early to say what they will do.
"At this point we're just checking everything to make a determination whether we even want to proceed," says Mike Thornbrugh, who spoke by telephone from the company's headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Thornbrugh says they are expanding into the Charlotte market and have already opened several stores but they want to make sure neighbors understand what they're doing.
"You want to deal with all of the various businesses and neighborhoods to show them what you're trying to do if you go forward," Thornbrugh says.
He says the land would not need a change in zoning to accommodate a convenience store, but that it's too early to even put a timetable on Quik Trip's decision.
He also says some in the neighborhood support the store's plans, and Shannon Hughes says that is true, but that most neighbors are on record opposing it.
"There's never 100 percent agreement on anything, but there seems to be a majority who are leaning against it," Hughes says.