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Group to Protest Walmart Friday

Good Growth DeKalb claims only 5 percent of the local community favors the construction of a large Supercenter retail store in Suburban Plaza.

Leaders of say the group will gather at at the intersection of Medlock Road, North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to protest the forthcoming .

This will be the last of three summer rallies Good Growth DeKalb has conducted. GGD says the Walmart will create traffic problems for the neighborhood, clog already busy streets and is overall a bad fit for the area.

A message from GGD said,

 

In July, Good Growth DeKalb met with Selig Enterprises and presented 3,056 petition signatures.  In the last 8 months, Good Growth DeKalb has done extensive neighborhood canvassing and found that 75% of residents are opposed to Walmart and only 5% are in favor, with the remainder neutral or undecided.  Approximately 500 yard signs opposing the development dot the surrounding neighborhoods.

Here are previous stories about the proposed Walmart Supercenter and Suburban Plaza.

 

Deanne August 12, 2012 at 01:22 PM
N.G. You’re certainly the “face” of the new Patch. AOL’s switch to a “go low to get eyeballs” strategy* makes GGD and Patch the perfect partners. How Ralph and regional editor Anna Verela can justify to themselves letting personal attacks stand, I do not get. This ugliness says more about y’all than me. Folks can assess the signs situation for themselves. 500 signs are either out there or they aren’t. You’ve done a very good job of raising their curiosity. Dave Jones of Intown Ace said he’s told every customer who’s gotten on him about why he’s not fighting Walmart that he’s not against Selig or Walmart doing what they have a legal right to do at Suburban Plaza. He also said he’s told GGD several times now that Ace is not putting up a sign or giving them a donation. (If you aren’t aware of this, maybe you’re not in as tight with GGD as you’ve been thinking you are.) Ace believes in supporting local community groups, and because they’ve viewed GGD as a community group, they agreed to sell the signs. GGD was allowed to put a small notice on the community bulletin board saying that signs are available for sale at the checkout. There’s no promo for the signs in the store. When I asked Dave if they’d had any customers mentioning buying a replacement for a stolen sign, he said, “No, and there’s been very few sales.” (Dave won’t mind my comment. He offered up that Selig's welcome to share what he told me.)
Deanne August 12, 2012 at 01:25 PM
* Please be aware that Patch recently updated its Acceptable Use policy to allow for lowered standards. Editors no long have to enforce their policy or even monitor their sites: http://decatur.patch.com/terms
Deanne August 12, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Good Growth Dekalb leadership- Rather than urging your supporters to comment on blogs, why not just give an accounting of your group’s efforts? Provide the supporting info to back up all your claims, update the public on the outcome of your bribes inquiries, and share your game plan for how you’re going to attempt to stop Walmart.
Ralph Ellis August 12, 2012 at 02:56 PM
N.G. -- Your comment goes over the line and is too personal. I am deleting it. Ralph Ellis
Jethro August 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Signs? I see more Stop Walmart signs in Oakhurst than in Medlock!

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