What Should Go Here? Liquidation Outlet Store

The now-empty building stands at one of the gateways to Avondale Estates.

This one-story building greets people as they drive into Avondale Estates from Decatur.

The former store stands on East College Avenue, just down from Sams Crossing, and used to brim with all manner of stuff -- mattresses, toys, furniture and kitchen equipment.

The business closed not long ago. The property was in unincorporated DeKalb County until July 1, .

What would you like to see in this buiding or on this spot? Keep in mind this is a gateway to Avondale Estates.

About this column: Every week or so, we'll post a picture of a vacant store or lot in Decatur and Avondale Estates. You can tell us what you think should replace the empty space. Know of an empty building we should highlight? E-mail ralph.ellis@patch.com.

michael August 07, 2012 at 11:21 AM
I think this is a cool looking building and would love to see a resturant/bar go in there
Jim Bobber August 07, 2012 at 12:31 PM
in-n-out burger
ten August 07, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Doc Cheys
Jonathan Belcher August 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Maybe a nice spot however getting in and out of this property and others near Sams is close to impossible at certain times of the day.
Gina Hill August 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
That liquidation center was the bane of my existence since I drove by it multiple times a day. I'm so glad it's gone. However, every time I breathe a sigh of relief when an ugly business leaves this area, it seems something even uglier takes its place! The building is a cool one. I agree that a restaurant, such as Doc Chey's (mentioned above), would be great!
bulldogger August 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Tear it down, it's been an eyesore for years and years. That whole corner should be re-developed into a park......Avondale Estates city leaders have gotta do something to beautify the city or else it's just gonna wither away and die. I mean, why would you go to AE proper for anything the way it is now?
Penny Williams August 07, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Who owns the building?
Ralph Ellis August 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Penny, Joe Gargiulo owns the building.
clm1950 August 07, 2012 at 02:14 PM
It's not exactly empty. The former tenants left a lot refuse when they moved out and now someone broke out one of the side glass panels. I agree, the traffic on that corner can be bad at times but the Mexican Restaurant seems to be doing OK with it. I think a park would be nice. I remember reading abou the annexation that one of the things AE leaders wanted to do was eliminate blight. This building would be a good place to start.
Michael Goettee August 07, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Under all of the ugly signage and neglect, is a nice example of mid-century modern architecture (aka "'50s moderne" as some called it). I think something like a modern lighting store would work well there with all of the display window space. Wouldn't mind a Doc Chey's either. But I'd hope the next owner respects the architecture. It's far enough away from the Tudor buildings to stand on its own with a different style.
Mike Easterwood August 07, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Amnesia.... or you do not drive the rest of College Avenue. The discussion means little, because Avondale cannot look after what it already had within the city limits. I hope you do not close your eyes when you drive the other mile that already had the magnificent supervision of Avondale.
Lisa Brown August 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
YES!!! (although I recently decided that I prefer Five Guys over In-N-Out, but having a California staple in GA would make me happy!!)
FM Fats August 07, 2012 at 06:36 PM
It would make a great outpost for the county tax commissioner.
Phototrekker August 07, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Yes, the building is a great example of mid-century modern design. It would make a great restaurant, but I would much rather see an independently owned place come in as opposed to a chain like Doc Cheys. I agree with Michael - please respect the architecture. So glad the liquidation place is out.
Keith August 08, 2012 at 03:01 PM
A breakfast joint, something akin to sweet melissa's
Avon Dale August 08, 2012 at 08:52 PM
How about a Chik-Fil-A? ;-D http://keep-avondale-estaes-lame.org
Keith August 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM
so lame you can't even spell estates right.
Avon Dale August 09, 2012 at 03:08 PM
oops, thanks for pointing out the typo http://keep-avondale-estates-lame.org
Keith August 10, 2012 at 02:40 AM
You're welcome, hoping now AE can continue on a lame path.
Sarah October 04, 2012 at 07:28 PM
For all the restaurants we have in the Decatur area, there is only one sandwich shop. I'd love to see a cute little deli spruce the place up. You know, put some flowers outside - maybe a patio! I hate having to go to a chain sandwich place when we have so much around here.


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