Representatives from the upper echelon of the Family Dollar organization flew into Atlanta on Tuesday night to hold a Town Hall Meeting with the NPU-Q and members of the community.
Nearly 25 Family Dollar employees were decked out in their red shirts, showing their strength in numbers, and prepared for a crowd of neighbors who are adamantly fighting against yet another Family Dollar store going on the corner of Kimberly Road and Cascade.
The town hall meeting was organized by NPU-Q and Family Dollar, for the purposes of sharing their vision for the new store in the community and to also hear directly from their potential shoppers.
Whether they knew it or not, the community feels as if they are very familiar with the discount store and the products they offer. The community was not in attendance to hear the "new marketing strategies," but instead they wanted the representatives to hear their reservations and protests against ANY more Family Dollar stores along the Cascade corridor.
The video depicts just a portion of the questions and answers from the town hall meeting. Councilpersons C.T. Martin and Keisha Lance Bottoms along with Fulton County Chairman John Eaves were all in attendance, and all voiced serious concerns about the plans for the new store.
It is important to note that NPU-Q Vice Chairperson, Maynard Franklin has diligently been in discussions with Family Dollar, and shared with the crowd that the corporation has been very open, and has discussed being involved in beautification projects, in hiring local seniors to work in the new store, and other community initiatives.
The general consensus amongst the crowd was that they 1) did not believe the lip-service, or 2) do not think it is enough to welcome an unwanted store.
What is your viewpoint on Family Dollar continuing to buy property in Southwest Atlanta and build stores? Share your opinions with your neighbors on Cascade Patch!