Our friend, Caleb, from WhatNowAtlanta.com has reported that Family Dollar is spending roughly $750k to build a new store at 2324 Cascade Rd.
The report states that this is part of a larger expansion that Family Dollar is completing throughout the country, after seeing large profits the past year.
But, do residents want or think we need a Family Dollar in the middle of Cascade Road, near Benjamin E. Mays? There is already one near West End Mall, and some believe these stores bring crime with them.
One of our Cascade Patch readers sent me a personal email in opposition to another Family Dollar, instead she would rather see a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's...
I do not think we need another dollar store. Count them. We have about eight within a ten mile radius. Our neighborhood can and will support other businesses i.e. Whole Food, Fresh Market, Trader Joe's, etc. Let's rally for something else in our community.
I tend to agree with this reader. Every week, I do a article on vacant businesses and ask the question , and what I have seen as I travel every corner of Southwest Atlanta is that there are a lack of new, progressive, health conscience "chain" stores in our area. Yes, there are a number of small healthy and progressive stores, but no Whole Foods or Trader Joe's that seem to thrive in other communities and become flagship destinations within those communities.
On the pro side of the debate of having Family Dollar come in and build a new location is that hopefully the community will see a direct economic impact. Supposedly nearly a million dollars is being used to build this from scratch and of course there will be some jobs involved.
What side of the debate are you on? Do we need or want another Family Dollar on Cascade Rd.?