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Good Growth DeKalb Ends Fight Over Decatur Walmart

The members of Good Growth DeKalb have ended their legal fight to block a Decatur Walmart Supercenter.

The members of Good Growth DeKalb have ended their legal fight to block a Decatur Walmart Supercenter. Credit: Good Growth DeKalb website
The members of Good Growth DeKalb have ended their legal fight to block a Decatur Walmart Supercenter. Credit: Good Growth DeKalb website

A group opposed to a planned Decatur Walmart Supercenter has ended its two-year fight to prevent the nation’s largest retailer from opening.

The DeKalb County residents who formed Good Growth DeKalb have ended their legal battle against the planned 149,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Scott Boulevard, Medlock Road and North Decatur Road, reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

“Faced with increasingly limited legal options, we accepted an invitation to meet with Selig Enterprises, owner of Suburban Plaza, on April 17,” the group said in a statement on its website. “This was a difficult decision and a difficult process and, while we continue to believe a Walmart is wholly unsuited to this location, our legal battle is now over.”

The group’s concerns included traffic congestion, lower area property values, harm to local small business owners, erosion of middle-class jobs for the community, and a net job loss in the region.

But the group said that in exchange for ending its legal fight, it received concessions, including funding for a sidewalk on Medlock Road.

“In exchange for agreeing not to pursue further legal action against DeKalb County over the granting of the Walmart building permit, we were able to obtain some relief for the individual plaintiffs whose homes are adjacent to the plaza,” Good Growth DeKalb told the Business Chronicle.

“We also negotiated gains for the community, including a commitment from Selig to contribute a significant amount of money for a sidewalk along Medlock Road between North Decatur Road and Church Street. In addition, Selig Enterprises will arrange a meeting between Good Growth DeKalb and Walmart to discuss issues of importance to the community.”

Walmart welcomed the end of the legal wrangling.

“Our new store means greater choice and more affordable grocery options for our customers, plus approximately 300 new jobs and a boost to the local economy,” Bill Wertz, spokesperson for Walmart, said in a statement to the Business Chronicle. “We greatly appreciate the support we have received from so many throughout the planning and approval process.”

 

David D May 02, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Well, "negotiating" sometimes is a word when someone has 'lost face'. GGD may be "negotiating" for sidewalks in the community, but it is NOT negotiating on behalf of the community. The Medlock neighborhood association, along with other community leaders, have been working with the developer all along without the high drama .
OnceWasAnnie May 03, 2014 at 07:58 AM
I've noticed that far too many well-off and yuppie types (of all races, incidentally) were the biggest protesters of a Decatur Walmart. As someone who is disabled and doesn't get a whole lot of money from Social Security, I shop at Walmart all the time and welcome another store nearer to my home in Oakhurst. I've had neighbors try to enlist me in their shrill denouncing of Walmart but these folks have a higher level of income than I and frankly, I've had to tell a few of them off! Don't like Walmart? Well, this is still a free country. Go shop at Whole Foods and feel superior about your over-priced organic milk and quadruple-washed organic alfalfa sprouts but leave me to shop where I want!
Staci Dixon May 07, 2014 at 12:18 AM
Interesting comment, full of stereotypes. Walmart is going full-on into the organic market, announcing just last month a major new initiative intended to revitalize the company's waning grocery sales. I can assure you that almost all of the people protesting the Walmart at Suburban Plaza are middle class, working class or on a fixed income just like you! As you can imagine, Walmart doesn't target the "well-off" -- it goes for people living in low- to middle-income areas. You must travel 3.2 miles from the center of Oakhurst to the Avondale Walmart and it will be 3.1 miles from the center of Oakhurst to the Decatur Walmart. Does that .1 mile justify the impacts the Supercenter will have on the environment, traffic and other quality of life issues? The people protesting the store don't believe it does.
David D May 07, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Look, everyone. Nobody is going to change his or her mind about GGD - favorable or unfavorable. It's over. PERIOD.

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