As of Tuesday, Sept. 27, the former Arbyâ€™s at 4740 Showcase at Perkins and I-240 is officially Memphisâ€™ first drive-thru Lennyâ€™s. There model comes after the sub sandwich shopsâ€™ drive-thru locations in both Arkansas and Mississippi.
The idea came about when franchisee James Kelly, who currently has 10 locations in the Memphis area, noticed a loyal following paired with decreasing traffic at his Mall of Memphis store. He calls that the â€œpeople sideâ€ of the equation.
â€œWe wanted to reinvest in this (Showcase) location for our customersâ€™ sake, to make it more convenient and a better environment to give them the deli-fresh experience,â€ Kelly said.
Then thereâ€™s the â€œbusiness side,â€ where it made sense to snatch up the second-generation drive-thru space while investing in the area.