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Anti-Walmart Group to Hold Meeting in North Decatur Tuesday

A group of residents who have opposed Walmart as part of the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza will meet at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

Residents against the construction of a new Walmart inside a newly redeveloped Suburban Plaza in North Decatur haven't finished voicing their opposition.

A group of them plans to meet tomorrow under the banner, "Good Growth DeKalb: Suburban Plaza," at , according to an email sent to residents in the Decatur Heights neighborhood. The meeting begins at 7pm at the church at 611 Medlock Rd.

The group has also been organizing on a Facebook group called Tell Selig: NO WM in Decatur.

Here's a rundown of North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch's ongoing coverage of the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza:

Lucy Mauterer January 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
If people who vote in this poll would send this page to friends and neighbors, more could have a voice in what to do with this property. I personally would prefer to see a Target come in. That would attract much better businesses to surround it. I don't like Walmart and seldom shop there.
Wally January 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
This community blocked Costco from going to the south dekalb mall when the plans proposed using land in the flood zone near the nature preserve. I like Costco. I was not for the plan. Costco went else where. No other anchor type stores are interested right now in the area. Many on the neighborhood do not like Wal-Mart. If you do not like Wal-mart vote with your dollars but the Wal-Mart will be built. The good news is that the rest of the eye sore shopping center will be redeveloped too. This project is not just a face lift it is a major redevelopment. I like what comes with the Wal-Mart.
bobindecatur January 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Suburban Plaza is an eye-sore and needs to be redeveloped. If the owners of that property want to work with Walmart, that is their right.
Crash January 18, 2012 at 02:00 AM
What I hear is that it will be an "Urban Walmart" strictly groceries.
Carol Bulmer January 18, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Wally, Costco pulled out due to economic conditions. The community's concern with Costco was that the original plan for parking would have caused damage to the nature preserve. That was all worked out but the economy tanked and that was the end of the story. Most neighbors wanted the Costco, but didn't want to sacrifice the nature preserve for it.
Cheryl January 22, 2012 at 04:26 PM
It is planned to be a Wal Mart SuperCenter. Wal Mart is aggressively expanding into urban areas because the suburbs have been hit hard by the economic downturn. Witness the empty WM sites around suburban Atlanta, like the one in Stone Mountain at the end of hwy 78's limited access. They are targeting smaller chains like Family Dollar, which fits more neatly into urban neighborhoods. it seems that private property rights trump all other rights in this country. Yes, Selig has the right to do whatever they want--making millions and millions of dollars with no regard for the public good. We, the citizens....er, CONSUMERS....have the right to shop, or not. I don't know about you, but I want the right to clean air, safe streets, a walkable community, green space and quality of life. That isn't going to come from Wal Mart or any other big box development.
Cheryl January 22, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Just to be clear, I am not at all anti-business. I have been a small business person, so I understand what its like to have a store in a place like SP. Wal Mart will kill off numerous small businesses, like they do everywhere they go. Note that SP is pretty much full of tenants--small businesses, smaller chain stores, a good eclectic mix. All of that will go away, along with some beloved stores like the Ace Hardware. Of course, Selig and WM are giving their assurances that they won't have a garden shop, so Ace won't be hurt. That is such a lie. Again, if you have ever owned a small business, you know that every dime counts and they will definitely lose sales. Once a shopper is inside the gaping maw of Wal Mart (or any big box), it takes so much time and energy to shop there, he/she will avoid making other stops and try to get everything in one stop. That's how sales decline for the smaller local shops.
Staci January 23, 2012 at 02:05 AM
It will be a gigantic Walmart Supercenter: Our Supercenters were developed in 1988 to meet the growing demand for convenient, one-stop family shopping featuring our famous Every Day Low Prices. We save you time and money by combining a full grocery and our general merchandise under one roof. There are 3,016 Supercenters nationwide, and most are open 24 hours. Supercenters average 185,000 square feet and employ about 350 or more associates. Supercenter groceries feature: Bakery goods, Meat and dairy products, Fresh produce, Dry goods and staples, Beverages, Deli foods, Frozen foods, Canned and packaged goods, Condiments and spices, Household supplies Most Supercenters also have many specialty shops such as: Vision center, Tire & Lube Express, Brand-name restaurants, Portrait studio and one-hour photo center, Pharmacy http://walmartstores.com/AboutUs/7606.aspx
Staci January 23, 2012 at 02:09 AM
ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY, COWORKERS AND FRIENDS TO JOIN YOU: Make a donation: http://tinyurl.com/nowalmart-paypal Sign the petition: http://tinyurl.com/nowalmartindecatur Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoWMinDecatur Join the Yahoo group: decaturwalmart-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Spread the word: Print flyers, pledge forms and more and go door to door or office to office to let people know . Some are attached and I'll post more soon to the Yahoo groups page for you to download and use when talking about our opposition to this harmful development.

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