Is anti-Walmart sentiment to blame for the recent denial of a zoning request to build a mixed-use development off Piedmont Road in the Lindbergh area of Atlanta?
The full board of Neighborhood Planning Unit B voted 19-3-1 Tuesday night to deny the latest in a series of zoning requests to build a mixed-use development that would include a “big box” Walmart store.
The Sembler Co.'s plan to build a commercial center at Lindbergh, Morosgo and Adina Drive and Piedmont Road has been ongoing for a year to no avail.
People in communities around Atlanta certainly seem to have a love/hate relationship with Walmart.
Some residents of the Decatur area have been vocal in their opposition to construction of a Super Walmart at Suburban Plaza, just outside the city limits. But construction appears to be proceeding there, and developers expect to start demolition of old buildings at the shopping center early next year.
A recent poll conducted by Patch asked readers, "Do you shop at Walmart?"
Out of the 315 people polled at the writing of this article, 30-percent said they never shop at Walmart and have no plans to. By comparison, 31-percent said they regularly shop at Walmart — an almost even split. However, those voting against Walmart seem much more passionate in their comments than those in favor of the retail giant.