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Are Chain Stores Choking Our Communities?

Big chain retail locations are a permanent part of metro Atlanta's landscape, but some residents are saying enough is enough. What do you think?


Their names are instantly familiar, their logos immediately recognizable. Some of them represent the world's most famous brand names, while others are well on their way to prosperity and success.

Chain retail stores are as much of the American way of life as hot dogs, baseball and apple pie. And over the past several months, their numbers seem to be growing throughout metro Atlanta.

In Chamblee, a new Zaxby's - which tooks months longer to build than expected because of financing issues - will open on Monday. An old Stone Mountain Dairy Queen has been demolished, and another Zaxby's will soon take its place.

After announcing plans to replace the old Atlanta Diner on North Druid Hills Road, McDonald's now plans a second location on Clairmont Road.

And fast-food chains aren't the only ones proliferating in metro Atlanta lately. Walmart recently broke ground on its newest Supercenter on Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta, directly across from another retail giant, the Cascade Home Depot.

But while a new Family Dollar store is under construction in Lithonia, some southwest Atlanta communties have been actively fighting an influx of Family Dollar stores, and a similar fight against the new Walmart may be brewing.

Walmart is already facing a fierce battle on Decatur's border, as residents have joined together to fight its proposed Suburban Plaza location.

So our Patch question of the week is: Are chain stores choking our communities? Do we need more of these major retail developments, or are too many already dotting our urban landscape?

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Chamblee Zaxby's Will Open Next Week.

From A Big Heap Of Rubble To A Future Zaxby's.

McDonald's Going For Second Clairmont Road Location.

Family Dollar Store Under Construction On Panola Road.

Walmart Broke Ground On New Cascade Road Superstore.

Residents Chant 'No Family Dollar' In Protest Of Fairburn Road Construction.

Good Growth DeKalb Still Looking For Legal Case Against Walmart.

Sally November 09, 2012 at 11:48 PM
They wouldn't exist if the business wasn't there to support them. There are many chain stores that I like. I even wish some of them were in my neighborhood. How about the sainted Trader Joe's that so many on this site have longed for. Is that not a chain store? Of course it it. If you don't like chain stores, don't shop in them. Many of us do.
prettyflower November 11, 2012 at 05:26 AM
This is a really complex topic. I think there are a lot of people out there who want to spend their money wisely but wrestle with the fact that it's sometimes easier and less expensive to shop at a chain. This is a good reminder to me that I want to spend more money at mom and pop stores this holiday season. I am not against chain stores but I am in favor of zoning that protects communities from getting too overbuilt.
Carl Childers November 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Nope.
Lindsay November 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM
If citizens didn't shop at chain stores, they wouldn't exist. Just because the shoppers who do utilize their (usually) lower prices aren't on this thread, doesn't mean there aren't countless numbers of people who patronize them. Chain stores should not be looked down upon, they serve a purpose and meet needs. Chain stores should not be subject to zoning or regulations that any other businesses don't abide by. That being said, I am supporter of small business and try to patronize small businesses whenever possible. We don't need to form new laws to "regulate big business" because as Galvanize said, if one small business does well and opens a new location, they are technically a chain. What we need to do is change the way people in our communities think and educate people about how supporting small, local businesses is positive for their community. There is a place in our country for both small businesses and chains. Everything in moderation, folks. Also, for the people who have been to Europe and favor no chain businesses, please also note that the cost of living in European countries is much higher.
John McGrew November 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Thanks! More domains to add to my client's blacklists!

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