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What Would You Like to See in Suburban Plaza?

Walmart said they're not committed to opening a new store in the shopping center despite several reports to the contrary.

Fore more than a week, rumors have been swirling that Walmart may be coming to Suburban Plaza shopping center in North Decatur. Tomorrow's News Today, a well-respected Atlanta real estate blog, reported June 13 Walmart's already gassing up its backhoe and could have the store open by 2013, attributing its information to unnamed sources.

Another blog, What Now Atlanta?, then called Selig Enterprises, the shopping center's developer. Selig told them there were no solidified plans, and a Walmart representative told the blog Selig had approached them and Walmart is interested but remains committed to nothing.

North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch made some calls too. We couldn't get in touch with Selig, but Glen Wilkins, a Walmart spokesman, also confirmed the international retailer is interested in many potential Atlanta-area sites, including Suburban Plaza.

We're going to continue following this, but what would you guys like to see in Suburban Plaza? (I'm expecting a profusion of "Trader Joe's" responses.)

Tom Doolittle June 21, 2011 at 06:42 PM
On "old folks"-- It may not be a product fit issue--could be the willingness to spend. Not all old folks are alike and that would require the company to go deeper into the data than they normally do. We face the same issue in the Northlake Core. BTW--where is the nearest Joes? Could be the saturation model doesn't allow two stores within.... Anyway--don't change the bowling alley whatever you do. Where is the nearest hardware store? Be real--the "new normal" won't be about discretionary spending, unless you're in the Top 98%--everyone else's income will slide.
Linda June 21, 2011 at 07:33 PM
What a disappointing response from TJ's. That IGA is so close to I-85. Not only would locals shop there, they'd probably pull Gwinnettians in for stops on their way home from work.
Sean M June 22, 2011 at 04:19 AM
YES! Trader Joes and a Costco would be nice in the area. Speaking of old people, how old is old? Who is doing their marketing anyway? I am a tired of driving to those places from here. We've got enough Walmarts IMHO.
prettyflower June 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Like everyone else, I would love a Trader Joe's. Whole Foods would be nice, too, but here in North Decatur we're already pretty convenient to the WF on Briarcliff/LaVista. I know everyone says Suburban is horrible and an eyesore, but I really think it is pretty functional, if empty in places. I would rather hold out for something that's a good fit for the neighborhood rather than just throw something in there so it won't be ugly anymore.
Lee-Ann June 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM
I like Suburban Plaza the way it is. I use the thrift store, love the Indian clothing store and the consignment store, and have shopped in both on many occasions. I also shop at Big Lots from time to time. And the Hancock's is the only fabric store nearby, I've shopped there a lot. Sure, the facade is ugly and the goods for sale are lower-priced and not fancy, but so what? I find it a useful mix of things I want and need.

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