Family Dollar Store coming to Cascade. Do we Need Another Family Dollar in SW Atlanta?

Family Dollar spending $750k to build its newest store on Cascade Rd.

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.?

Tamyetta Fuller June 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM
On Cascade and Fairburn? Yes that would be a repeat offense, there are Family Dollar type stores down the block on Campbellton. While I don't think Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are logical because of the demographics, I would like to see something appeassing to the "high rent" district of Cascade, maybe a local food market like on Auburn Avenue, with patio restaurants and awnings with some foot traffic. I can see it know Cascade Market, where people come from all over to get a taste of just picked strawberries and not the kind that go bad as soon as you get them home.
Bobby Flournoy June 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM
IF they kept the other stores in the area clean, then maybe. But when you look at the condition of those stores, especially the outside of the building, parking lot), they do not help improve the area.
Tina Culpepper June 26, 2012 at 02:13 PM
No, we do not need another family dollar. I say let's rally together and send them a loud and clear message!!!! NO FAMILY DOLLAR!
jwatjr June 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM
This is bigger than Family Dollar. It's about the survival of the other stores. FD will take business from Walgreens, Publix, etc - and even the convenience stores at the gas stations. Do we want to risk Walgreens for FD? I don't think so. I don't know enough just yet about Atlanta zoning laws and process, but I'm sure that FDs plans and designs would have to be approved at a public hearing meeting. This is where the community can show up en masse and express opposition. If in fact it still goes through, then the recourse is not to shop there. As for Whole Foods -if the community doesn't have a median income of 95K - which I don't think it does - you won't see either one. But I'm not sure what the median is in a 5 mile radius.
Charles Lawrence June 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
IF the people do not want Family Dollar I think its real simple --- Dont shop there !! These Companies respond to how they can profit. If they can not profit they will not be there for long. If Family Dollar stays on Cascade for a LONG TIME WE WILL KNOW THAT THEY CAME UP WITH A GREAT IDEA !!!
Glen McDaniel June 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
We do not need another Family Dollar in the area. I do like a variety- both for choice of merchandise as well as to cater to different economic classes. But I can recall seeing FD stoes on Greenbriar/Headland, Campbellton, MLK and Cascade Rd. If and when someone in the area needs that type of merchandise, a FD is already close by. Enough already. I love Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and a few other type of establishments that we have to travel to Midtown, Buckhead or wherever to patronize. . But as Charles says, if FD does appear, do not support it and it will wither and die as other businesses have.
Bobby Flournoy July 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I was just notified there is a meeting tonight July 2nd, 7:00 at Providence. Not sure if anyone can make it at the last minute, but if you can, it may help!
Todd Smith July 14, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Todd Smith July 14, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I say "No Family Dollar" like said before on prervious comments there are already enough of them within a 5 miles radius. I definitely will not be supporting the new one.. Can we get something else in our neighborhoods beside chicken wings joints. How about a nice Italian or mexican restaurant or tapas bar.I am not even going to ask for a Trader Joes or Whole Foods because that is a totally different in depth discussion, but in short to get a Trader Joes Cascade is going to have to become more culturally and income diverse to compete with other up and coming neighborhoods in the 21 century.
Daniel Johnson July 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Trader Joes would thrive very well because people from all over the region would come. The challenge would be to convince the owners. If that is improbable I would like to see something like a KUMON learning center. It's a much needed service that won't attract crime. The owners may be more apt to try this as there is little merchandise.
jwatjr July 15, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Trader Joes is unlikely as previously mentioned. They are looking for high median incomes and density. While we have the density, we don't have the income. When you consider regional draw - the 30331 zip code has a median income of about 36K. 30344 (Camp Creek) is 32K; 30311 28K and 30314 19K. Compare with where the Trader Joes are: 30328 has a median income of 67K. 30305 has a median income of 65K. Both are essentially TWICE the median income of the zip codes in our area. Now there is one in Sandy Springs - and their median income is LOWER than 30331 at 32K - but if I'm not mistaken that is on the border of Roswell - and you already know that the median income up there is high. Not familiar with Kumon - I will have to look it up. I'm assuming that they are "for profit" so even though they will not pay sales tax, they WILL pay property tax - although I'm not sure you want to sacrifice sales tax OR property tax on a PLUS corner like Fairburn and Cascade, right off the expressway. Did anyone go to the meeting on 7/1 that was referenced earlier in this thread?
Maldorora Tzara August 13, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I just called Councilman C.T. Martin's office (District 10) and they confirmed he is having a public meeting on this at 630 tomorrow, August 14, at the Adamsville Rec Center. The family dollar at Benjamin E. Mays and Cascade has already put up the brick veneer. It is oversized for the neighboring businesses of Cascade Heights Village and that very crowded intersection will not support the traffic it may bring! We already have CVS, several mom & pop convenience stores...and a Family Dollar on Cascade Ave in addition to the large grocery stores/drugstores by 285. Why is this needed?
Sadie Dennard August 25, 2012 at 03:06 PM
The Family Dollar retail chain will have a short stay in our community if we choose not to shop at Family Dollar stores.
Charles Lawrence August 25, 2012 at 03:41 PM
THATS THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION SADIE !!! There will be a few but historically when we shop at businesses in general we put no thought into who we empower.....and then as was stated earlier or in another forum certain income populations shop where they can because of economics and with that in mind Family Dollar may be on to something that is very diffucult to stop.


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