Anti-Walmart Group Marches Through Decatur

Good Growth DeKalb opposes construction of the big box store at Suburban Plaza.

About 60 people marched from Suburban Plaza to downtown Decatur Saturday morning to show their opposition to a proposed Walmart.

The march was organized by , a citizens group that formed after shopping center that include construction of a Super Walmart.

, located just outside the Decatur city limits in unincorporated DeKalb County.

The marchers, including a handful of musicians and somebody dressed as a gorilla, went down Church Street, spent about 15 minutes at the Marta plaza near the Decatur Square and headed west on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Selig Enterprises has obtained all the necessary governmental permits for the project, but who are investigating the possibility of filing a lawsuit.

Deanne March 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Typo fix: http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2012-02-10/editorial-athens-moving-toward-constructive-talk-walmart (also, click commenter name on bar, not count)
David D March 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM
First: The Huffington Post article was not particularly flattering about the Athens groups. Second: The Wal-Mart movie was filmed 7 years ago. China has become a behemouth during those 7 years. It's hard to shop anywhere that China or other less costly producers haven't captured American jobs. American producers weren't competitive and a whole strata of American people couldn't afford to buy more expensive items made in America. What does that say about the GGD assertion that those people can go to the Memorial Drive store instead? Third: The GGD bloggers keep talking about putting other Big Box stores at Suburban Plaza - witness the wistful talk of Trader Joes or Whole Foods. That is so pretentious. Fourth: The people who WILL BE employed at the revamped Suburban Plaza (Wal-Mart and new businesses) will no doubt be grateful for the paychecks. They are not likely to get better pay, health insurance or union representation from Mom and Pop businesses. They don't need GGD patronizing intrusions into their lives and jobs, they need work and probably resent implications that they will bring crime with them. Fifth: The GGD group would have a position of integrity if it had organized a couple years ago and worked with the developer before Wal-Mart expressed interest. But it didn't and now looks like a bunch of malcontents.
Ms. March 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Victoria- Pretend for a moment that Selig lowers rents, and still can't find tenants, should he just give space away for free, or at a loss? What shops can you guarantee them, if they do? If you had tenants lined up for these spaces if only they could afford them, why are you just now mentioning this, after all the ink has dried? Btw, you may or may not know, but Target gives to candidates that actively work to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry.
Thomas Paine March 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
VIctoria: Citing statistics from the ultra-liberal ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE or worse, the HUFFINGTON POST hardly adds credibility to your argument. The EP is widely known to march in "lock step" with so-called "progressive" groups and organized labor, and its president, Lawrence Mishel, is a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Meanwhile, the Huffington Post is a hotbed of godless, radical communism, and has no place in this discussion. If Occupy Athens (who?) is written up in the Huffington Post, then what in the world does that have ANYTHING to do with Suburban Plaza and our fight to save Mattress Outlet and the Last Chance Thrift Store?? Next you guys will be suggesting an OCCUPY SUBURBAN movement, with makeshift tents pitched behind the bowling alley. "When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon." - Thomas Paine, 1776
Steve March 15, 2012 at 03:19 PM
"The way that the City of Decatur did 15 years ago. " The City of Decatur does not and did not set rental rates.


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