Walmart Hopes To Start Suburban Plaza Demolition in '13

A garden center is included in the updated site plan for the store.

Walmart and Selig Enterprises hope to demolish part of Suburban Plaza shopping center in the first half of 2013.

That's some of the updated information posted recently on the website of the Medlock Area Neighorhood Association (MANA).

The posting includes the latest site design for the Walmart Supercenter to be built at Suburban Plaza, the aging shopping center located just outside the Decatur city limits at Church Street, North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard.

Part of the shopping center would be torn down to make room for the Super Walmart. The rest of the shopping center would be renovated.

Other highlights of the posting:

  • The new design includes a garden center. It's unclear if Walmart plans to have a full garden center or just wants to sell some gardening supplies.
  • Walmart and will apply for applications to begin site work in coming weeks.
  • Selig is negotiating with several national retailers and local businesses who want to locate at Surburban Plaza.
  • Selig told Same preliminary contracts with Walmart have been signed.

The information was provided by Theresa Same, MANA zoning chairwoman. She's privy to the development documents because she and the MANA leadership have decided it's best idea to work with the developers.

Other area residents vehemently oppose the coming of Walmart, saying the big box retailer is a bad fit for the neighborhood and will cause problems with traffic and congestion.

Opposition to the Walmart has grown steadily in recent months. Opponents marched into downtown Decatur one Saturday and , the main organization fighting Walmat, plans to put protesters on the street near the shopping center during rush hour this Friday.

For a full look at the updated information, go to the MANA website.

Do you think the construction of Walmart is inevitable? If yes, what changes would you like to see to the plan?

Darrall Loggins June 11, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I left Decatur 10 years ago for a job in another state. I just moved back to the area and was amazed at the demise of Decatur (East Side). Outside of the downtown area, the town has lost many major businesses (Car dealerships, WinnDixie, and some areas look like a ghost town. Looks to me you should be thankful for Walmart coming in unless you are hell bent on living in the past and hate progress. Decatur needs the tax revenue generated from Walmart. And the ones who hate it so bad will be shopping there when it opens.
Steve June 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Unless and until it annexes the property, Decatur will get no tax revenue from anything at Suburban Plaza, because it's in DeKalb County, not in the city limits.
David D June 11, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Slim, if you were as smart as you think you are, you'd know that the Decatur mayor is elected by the City Commissioners, not the residents of Decatur. Maybe you should check facts. There isn't direct public participation in selecting the mayor. Maybe you could try a history course about Decatur government. It is very tragic that you felt the need to post personal attacks. By the way, I don't think many neighborhoods in the South will tolerate public incivility without calling out the offender.
Bert December 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I know I'm late responding on this, but I am so tired of Decatur residents trying to be so politically correct. I can't believe people are actually defending Walmart. The only reason Walmart is taking over Suburban Plaza, in my opinion, is because they are the only company with the money and legal team to do so. I don't know who Dianne is, but apparently she is ecstatic with joy and looks forward to buying flannel shirts made in China. People move to Decatur because of it's uniqueness and urban charm. Walmart does not fit any of those values. I have been living here going on 16 years. Is it really necessary to put a Walmart within a few miles of the Belvedere location? Why not just go to that location if you like Walmart? It doesn't make sense. There has been a surplus of traffic and car accidents since the Belvedere location has opened. You would think you were driving on Peachtree Road in Buckhead when traveling down Columbia and Memorial drive - and those roads have more lanes. At the Belvedere Walmart, they have 3-4 cash register lanes (out of over a dozen) opened during peak times. They also converted the express lanes into "self-checkout" which defeats the purpose as many customers aren't technically inclined. The pharmacy has 4-6 staff behind the counter with only one register opened - the wait time can be a half hour. I don't care if I sound harsh or insensitive with forum etiquette, but take it like an adult as this is life.
Bert December 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM
As long as suburbanites keep moving in-town to Decatur, they will bring their suburban values, like Walmart, Golden Corral and tanning salons.


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