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Walmart Hopes To Demolish Part of Suburban Plaza In 1st Half of 2013

A garden center is included in the updated site plan for the store.

Walmart and Selig Enterprises hope to demolish part of Suburban Plaza shopping center in the first half of 2013.

That's some of the updated information posted recently on the website of the Medlock Area Neighorhood Association (MANA).

The posting includes the latest site design for the Walmart Supercenter to be built at Suburban Plaza, the aging shopping center located at Church Street, North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard.

Part of the shopping center would be torn down to make room for the Super Walmart. The rest of the shopping center would be renovated.

Other highlights of the posting:

  • The new design includes a garden center. It's unclear if Walmart plans to have a full garden center or just wants to sell some gardening supplies.
  • Walmart and will apply for applications to begin site work in coming weeks.
  • Selig is negotiating with several national retailers and local businesses who want to locate at Surburban Plaza.
  • Selig told Same preliminary contracts with Walmart have been signed.

The information was provided by Theresa Same, MANA zoning chairwoman. She's privy to the development documents because she and the MANA leadership have decided it's best idea to work with the developers.

Other area residents vehemently oppose the coming of Walmart, saying the big box retailer is a bad fit for the neighborhood and will cause problems with traffic and congestion.

Opposition to the Walmart has grown steadily in recent months. Opponents marched into downtown Decatur one Saturday and , the main organization fighting Walmat, plans to put protesters on the street near the shopping center during rush hour this Friday.

For a full look at the updated information, go to the MANA website.

Do you think the construction of Walmart is inevitable? If yes, what changes would you like to see to the plan?

mark June 04, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Excellent, that entire shopping center needs to be demolished.
Sally June 04, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Excellent! Tear it down. Why wait until 2013.
Terry Smith June 04, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I'd much prefer Walmart be demolished, and wiped off the face of the earth. Take Selig along with them, too.
Crash June 04, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I hope the Intown Hardware store can stock items that won't be available at Walmart.
Z Johnson June 04, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I think the about-face on the garden center should sound a clear warning that Walmart does not feel much respect regarding the input and concerns of the area's residents or businesses. This is Walmart, after all.
J. Ellis June 04, 2012 at 01:54 PM
SP has been dead for 20 years, it's about time! Tear it down!
J. Ellis June 04, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I have spoken to Dave and Tony at Ace and they are very confident that their business will continue to thrive even with a WalMart. Really, how can anyone even compare the two different business plans?
Henry Batten June 04, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Kudos to the neighborhood groups who have decided to work with the developers and not against them. This way you will have "some" say in what happens. That said, I remember this is Walmart, after all.
Susan Torbush June 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Revitalize this with more upscale shops eateries etc walmart will cause problems eventually after they outgrow proprosed store it will be one of thousands of abandoned big box properties a ugly unwanted void. There is history here and it will better serve area to resist fast money of walmart and do some responsible planning and develoment

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