You have said, much more eloquently, what I have been trying to say, Dave.
I am a citizen of Decatur. I have every right to participate in this discussion. Sorry you can't keep up.
What would you propose Suburban Plaza instead? It is not like there has been a bidding war for the site. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's passed on this site long ago. Suburban Plaza is dying the same slow death that the Avondale Mall suffered. I have lived close to the Avondale Mall site for nearly 20 years. Trust me when I say that you don't want an empty, rat-infested building sitting at that intersection.
Ha! You are referring to a Wal-Mart owned company in Big Lots. Family Dollar!? The one in Oakhurst is a ghetto mart with very little quality product on the shelf. Why would you defend another corporate retailer anyway? I thought you were all defending "the little guy". As for N. Dekalb Mall - again - Ha! It is not within Decatur's city limits. Suburban Plaza is currently a blighted center. Why is no one objecting to the huge expansion at YDFM? They wiil be destroying current green space and the big winner is - the wholesale side. The Suburban Plaza will at least be repurposed. This will be an upgrade to the current facility. Everyone seems to get the warm and fuzzies about YDFM as a local, quality retailer that might be impacted. I will make a couple of points about their ownership.
- They will not take merchandise back under any conditions.
- The owner would not even let himself be photographed for the soft-soap piece that the Loaf did several months ago. Shame on you CL.
As for blowing my cover. Ha! No cover here. I am a longtime Decatur resident who has nothing to hide and knows his own mind. I support all sorts of local businesses taverns, restaurants, independent retailers on the square, the Oakhurst Dry Cleaners, Kavarna, Hop and Shop, Ale Yeah!, and the Oakhurst Market to name a few. Anyone who wants to dress me down in person is welcome to look for me at the Trackside, Emory, or volunteering for events with the City of Decatur. I will cheerfully debate the issue with you. I am engaged with regards to this issue and I believe there is room for both Wal-Mart and independent retailers and merchants. Thanks to all of you for kicking this soap box my way.
Wah! Wah! Wah! What businesses are going to close? This is all a bunch of rhetoric with no basis in reality. Where else in Decatur are you going to buy underwear, seasonal items, small appliances, and durable goods? Is there some artisan underwear shop that I am unaware of? We need big-box retail plus think of all of the tax dollars that were going to Gwinnett and elsewhere in the county via Scott Blvd that will be captured by our tax base. I am sick of this argument. I am not buying what you are selling.
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