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What Should Go Here?

Checkers at North Druid Hills Road and Lawrenceville Highway pulled up anchors and left recently. In your humble opinion, dear readers, what should replace it?

I don't know precisely when, but recently pulled up stakes and bounced from their foothold at the intersection of North Druid Hills Road and Lawrenceville Highway. It's a corner for which I have an odd appreciation. The station convenience store across the street is open 24 hours. (It's also gets robbed at gunpoint, occasionally, but what are you gonna do.) Plus, that station always has the cheapest gas in the area. If you don't believe me, check it. Pretty consistently the cheapest.

So, now that Checkers is gone, what would you like to see replace it? Fast food buildings never stay vacant for more than 72 hours it seems, so make your suggestions quickly. And before you suggest Chick-fil-A, remember there's . (That said, the idea of two neighboring Chick-fil-As intrigues... )

So, what are your suggestions? Get them in quick. Tell us in the comments section below.

K.C.S. February 24, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Pollo Tropical!
Jonathan Cribbs February 24, 2012 at 01:19 AM
And before anyone suggest Zaxby's, know that they're already coming to the area. Type Zaxby's into the search field, and a link to a story should come up.
Stephanie February 24, 2012 at 01:44 AM
A Krispy Kreme Donuts Place
K.C.S. February 24, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I like this idea too. A lot!
Scott B February 24, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I drove by sometime in November and noticed it gone and reported to Eli who wrote up this cool piece on Checkers: http://www.tonetoatl.com/2011/12/closure-here-opening-there-checkers.html
prettyflower February 24, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I want a Wal-Mart. There, and on every corner.
Dennis February 24, 2012 at 03:32 AM
A pickup station for ICE to accomidate those who were detained as 'illegal' and are being returned back to S.A.
Tom Doolittle February 24, 2012 at 03:54 AM
If you look at all of the properties that have changed hands at that intersection and the amount of underutilized real estate, it begs questions about general trends in business (local vs national, fast food, walking vs driving, real estate valuations, etc) and economic development. Togerther with North DeKalb Mall, the entire intersection is ripe for a redevelopment plan by DeKalb County. In total, the land area approaches that of the GM Doraville plant. You also have similar planning efforts which include mass transit from Toco Hills to Buford Highway on North Druid Hils Road. Then of course, you have the proposed LCI attempted at Suburban Plaza (a future rail stop). My guess is any fast food, etc that goes in here will be short-lived and individual properties will give way to more comprehensive (and connected) development.
Jonathan Cribbs February 24, 2012 at 03:59 AM
An unlikely suggestion, Dennis. Based on the article's subject and the content of your comment, I think you may have what some call a preoccupation there, buddy.
Jonathan Cribbs February 24, 2012 at 04:05 AM
And you didn't think to email your loyal, backyard reporter? The one, the only Jonathan Cribbs? Don't you know who I am, sir! Ah well. That fellow is a fine business reporter. I will give you that.
donna powell February 24, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I had heard that a Golden Corral was being built in the corner of the parking lot (mall parking lot) right next to where the Checkers was located.
Elizabeth Carrillo February 24, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Krispy Creme or Starbuck's
K.C.S. February 24, 2012 at 05:32 PM
yikes!
Emma Harger February 24, 2012 at 07:45 PM
That Chik-fil-a basically killed the one inside North DeKalb Mall, though, so putting another Chik-fil-a right next to it would be like dividing by zero or something. I say a Dunkin' Donuts with a drive-through. The closest Dunkies is at North Druid Hills and Lavista and it doesn't have a drive-through at all. It seems like an underserved area.
Emma Harger February 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Donna, you're right. I wrote about this back in June and then later they fixed the signage problem, so I believe it's all systems go... http://northdruidhills.patch.com/articles/golden-corral-plans-meet-zoning-delay
K Walker July 25, 2012 at 03:58 AM
What about drive thru Pizza by the slice?!
K Walker July 25, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I own a NY pizza spot (and yes it's really NY pizza) and I would love to open a pizza drive thru concept here....I've been scouting it for a while now....what do u all think?

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