Visions For Vacancies: An Old Blockbuster

At least, that's what we think it was, next door to The Bat & Ball Pub.

Near the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry is this location, which looks to be perhaps an old Blockbuster store. It's in the same shopping center as and .

A freestanding building like this, near such a busy intersection, shouldn't be vacant, but it is.

So what do you think should go here?

Tom S. May 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Well, the tried (and failed) a title pawn. Maybe a smoking paraphernalia store.
John Folgers May 27, 2012 at 02:23 PM
It was a Blockbuster. Heard (not confirmed) they want $9k a month for the spot. Maybe until it gets leased as a whole set up rental stalls for the farmer's market/art vendors.
Booyah May 27, 2012 at 04:23 PM
How about the headquarters for Ashford Neighbors
not one of 60 May 27, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Way too classy. They are more Scavenger hunt plaza types!
plcogan May 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM
It *was* a farmers market once a long time ago (talking 20-25 years). It Is an old building and should be treated with respect. However, 9k ("Heard not confirmed") for rent. That's obscene!
City Yes May 28, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Ms. Mesh (leader of the anti-city group) tried to put a Pawn Shop in there a few years ago, but the neighborhoods rallied and stopped her. It is for reasons like this that she is not in favor of a new city - she does not want to have codes come in and restrict her behavior and may help in cleaning up that eye sore. She would put a strip joint in there if she could. Vote YES!
HamBurger May 28, 2012 at 12:59 AM
City Yes, we got that. You got something more relevant? What worked was the DeKalb County Zoning Department. Continued distortions on your part? As for Ms. Mesh, she is one of several groups that are against the Brookhaven Yes movement. But, you already know that and continue with your distortions. How is that working out for you? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Bill Lowe May 28, 2012 at 05:28 PM
How about the new city hall and administrative offices? It is certainly within the budget of the proposed city and is much less expensive than building from the ground up. New construction is not cheap. Just check out what the new city of Peachtree Corners is going to spend on their small 3 service city for rent....and this is not the high price per square foot Brookhaven area. http://peachtreecorners.patch.com/articles/city-council-works-to-get-city-ready
Tim Darnell (Editor) May 28, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Here's a comment we received from a reader regarding this site: You are correct. The empty building was an old Blockbuster store. Before that, though, it was a farmer's market-type store that sold mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. I think there was also a limited selection of chicken and meats. I would really like to see a place like Oak Grove Market go in there but perhaps with a bigger selection of fresh fruits and vegetables than Oak Grove Market has. If you have never been to Oak Grove Market, you should stop by. Then you will see what I mean. It is in a small strip center at LaVista and Oak Grove, behind The Grove restaurant.
Jeff Parker May 29, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Bat & Ball should take over the space. It's a nice little pub, but could use more square footage. By annexing the Blockbuster it could be almost as big as Dunwoody Tavern.
Chrissy Copple June 01, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Bat & Ball should buy it, knock it down and make a cool outdoor beer garden.
plcogan July 08, 2012 at 03:28 PM
No need to knock down this old building... it's old and a classic - and there is nothing wrong with it. Why do we have this mentality of tearing down building just because no one can decide what to do with it. Good thing that don't do that in Europe. As I mentioned on the 27th of May, it was once a "farmers market" and the idea should be used again. Especially since we had (have?) the Thursday afternoon market/flea market.


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