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Family Dollar to Open Mid-Summer

The store will move into the shopping center where the Oakhurst Church is located.

A Family Dollar store will open in mid-summer in a retail space being renovated in Oakhurst, a spokesman for the retail chain said.

The store will operate out of the small shopping center at 630 East Lake Drive, where the Big H store used to be.

now occupies the middle section of the building. The other end of the building, where Mulligan's Restaurant and Sports Bar used to be, is empty.

The Oakhurst store will be part of a companywide expansion, Family Dollar spokesman Josh Braverman said Friday.

Family Dollar will open about 500 new stores this year, with several  in the Atlanta area. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company has about 7,200 stores in 45 states.

Family Dollar picked Decatur because it looked like a good market, Braverman said.

"Our model is to put stores where people live," he said.

Family Dollar stores typically employ eight to 10 people, Braverman said. The Oakhurst location will be about 7,700 square feet in size.

Family Dollar stores sell food, clothing and assorted household products. Though not everything costs a dollar, the price point is never very high.

Braverman said Family Dollar stores typically open on a Thursday with kind of a grand opening on the following Saturday.

Will you shop at Family Dollar? Is this a good fit for the neighborhood?

Ralph Ellis May 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Will you shop at Family Dollar? Is this a good fit for the neighborhood?
Laura Martin May 21, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I will not shop at a Family Dollar located in Oakhurst, and have my doubts about this store fitting in that neighborhood.
Deanne May 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
An Oakhurst friend and I walked up there yesterday to check out the progress. She's looking forward to it coming in. Family Dollar's a super handy store to have nearby. (I'll end up making an occasional run to it once the Suburban Plaza store closes.) Ralph- Did Mr. Braverman say anything about the groceries section? We're wondering if new stores have a bigger fridge/freezer section than the one at Suburban Plaza does. Also, will it be an EBT friendly location? That'd be a good thing for some of her neighbors.
Ms. May 21, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Fit what? The image people want to convey, or the economic reality? I think we tend to think of Oakhurst in terms of the hipper areas, and 250k "starter" houses (now). But there are MANY lower income households in the surrounding areas that people forget are there too, that I'm sure will appreciate having this as a new option, or even just cost conscious families/people who will be happy to have something with variety. Oakhurst isn't going to stop being hip because this moves in.
Melissa Spalding May 22, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I think that Family Dollar is NOT what Oakhurst needed. It would have made much more sense to have a small, neighborhood grocery in that spot. I am certain that the landlord did not take that into consideration...everyone knows we need a grocery store on the south side of the tracks. I totally agree with Laura Martin!
Ralph Ellis May 22, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Melissa, what kind of grocery store would you like to see?
Melissa Spalding May 22, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Places like WalMart, Dollar Store and Decatur Diner are not what Decatur is all about. Thanks goodness that dreadful spot on the corner of Church and E Ponce has closed their doors. It was atrocious! I do not know how the City of Decatur allowed them to paint that horrendous fake blue marble...come on Decatur, get with the program. Everyone knows that Decatur has extremely ridiculous codes on building and/or renovating houses. Why is it that Decatur businesses do not have to follow a code as far of as appearances.
Scott Tewell May 22, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Oakhurst Market?
Steve May 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
" I do not know how the City of Decatur allowed them to paint that horrendous fake blue marble" The City has no control over what color anybody paints anything. Even the Historic Preservation ordinance specifically excludes color.
Maureen May 22, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I will shop there! It will be convenient and helpful for those of us who cannot afford half a million dollar homes. It's disappointing to read the disparaging comments. Everyone in Oakhurst doesn't fit one image or profile.
Stephanie Taylor May 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I live a few blocks from the old Big H and I will shop at Family Dollar when there is something there I need. I'm guessing some of my elderly neighbors, that I see dragging bags off Marta from stores outside of the city, will also appreciate the new option. There are a lot of negative comments flowing about corporate businesses (Walmart, Family Dollar, Ruby Tuesday) and it is sad and paints a less than flattering picture of our residents. I have relayed topics/comments from Decatur Metro in discussions with neighbors, co-workers and employees at Decatur businesses and rarely does anybody know about Decatur Metro. That makes me wonder if the regular commentors on that blog are a true representation of our community. The bottom line is if you don't like a particular business for whatever reason, don't shop or eat there and it will fail and go away. There have been many seemingly beloved Indie businesses in Decatur that have suffered that same fate. I still miss Dragonfly, Domestic Instincts, Kaleidoscope, etc. but the ultimate purpose of a business is to make money. If a certain business is so tacky or cheap to you that is causes you personal turmoil, open a business in your community that you want to see there. I heard a lady outside Kavana this past weekend that was so upset about Family Dollar that she was in tears and stated Oakhurst was now "ruined". I found it to be a little dramatic, shook my head and walked on by.
Q123 May 23, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I live in a Clairemont neighborhood and I shop at the Family Dollar at Suburban Plaza. I am so shocked by all the trash talk and stereotypes, folks. Really, this is Decatur. Can't we all just get along? This is why I stopped reading Decatur Metro... just couldn't take it. Makes me sad.
Rebecca June 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Family Dollar is not a match for Oakhurst and I'm shocked that anyone would ever say it is. There are so many Family Dollars on Memorial Dr, it's not even funny. You could put a million things there. A small grocery store would be great, such as Earth Fare. But that just isn't going to happen. To tell you the truth, an indoor interactive playground/ children's event space would be perfect here.
mattyland July 28, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I always wanted to open a hardware store there. I think an old timey hardware store with a lunch counter in the back would be great. Plus, it would be handy to have a hardware store in that spot. Id call it "Big H" hardware and people would come from miles around to get the personal service that a big box store cant provide and eat my delicious locally sourced organically grown breakfast and lunch specials.

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