Walmart Broke Ground on their Newest Supercenter coming to Cascade Road - Did You Know?

On Monday morning Walmart officials broke ground on their newest Supercenter to be built off of Cascade Road.

Walmart has just announced their newest Supercenter's location off of Cascade Road.  On Monday, about 25 people gathered to conduct the official groundbreaking of the site, which is directly across from the Cascade Home Depot.

The store will be a Supercenter, which means it will have everything from groceries to electronics, pharmacy and a bank within it.  The new construction of this store comes on the heals of another Walmart Supercenter that is almost finished being built on Martin Luther King Dr., in Vine City.  Community members in the Vine City area have generally welcomed the new store, and have a special interest in the new jobs it may provide.  On the other hand, this Cascade store seems to have its fair share of opponents.

Mrs. Watkins, who works for Fulton County and is also a resident, has been trying to fight against the building of the Walmart Supercenter off of Cascade, because of its size.  She said that she would prefer to see, "a smaller more community based Walmart, instead of the Supercenter."  While interviewing her, another resident made the comment that many people were unaware that this store was "even coming into the community."

The fact is, that Walmart is here now and that they think the new store will bring roughly 300 jobs.  The other fact is that some residents will be unhappy and feel like they were never told that this development was coming to the community.  This community has most recently been actively fighting the influx of Family Dollar stores, and I am sure as more people hear about this new Walmart store we may see a similar fight occur.

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M Jackson October 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM
We fight valiantly against this store and the county commissioners denied permits and tried to lower the square footage. Walmart retaliated with multiple lawsuits and eventually the GA Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal. So they are coming, but it was not easy for them. I didn't want more traffic on Cascade Rd! It will hurt the other businesses as people try to avoid that already horrible intersection.
Reggie Spencer October 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Wow!! The traffic in that area is already very bad. It will now become a train wreck. A Supercenter??? Really
Marc Richardson (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I agree the traffic at that intersection is already bad, along with the traffic trying to get on and off the 285 exit. The group mentioned that Walmart has agreed to pay for $1M worth of improvements which should address the traffic concerns, but I do not know the specific plans.
James Reese October 16, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Believe me it wasn't for the lack of trying. Fulton County did all it could. I just hope the other businesses don't leave because of this. Greenbriar would have been a better location.
tamyetta October 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Traffic is crazy on Camp Creek but that doesn't stop me from going. Think JOBS people, and maybe these young men will go to work instead of kicking down doors up and down Cascade.
Marc Richardson (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Yes the jobs argument is strong. There could be as many as 300 jobs in that store alone. That is significant.
Reggie Spencer October 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Yes jobs are important! But it is called Camp Creek "Expressway" .Also people that are kicking down doors are not looking for jobs.
jwatjr October 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Upset about a Walmart Supercenter?? Are you SERIOUS??? If Walmart had been approved first, Family Dollar would never have come!! So we fought Walmart and in the process let FD come in???? That's forest for the trees. In the words of Denzel Washington in Training Day - it's CHESS not checkers. That's (Walmart Supercenter) the kind of development we WANT in an area off of a major interchange!!! What we DON'T want is Family Dollar. In fact - that can work AGAINST FD!!! Having Home Depot, Walmart, Publix, Kroger anchors in our neighborhood HELPS the values of our homes in our neightborhood!! Now it will certainly be competitive with the other stores - but these are the kind of shopping choices that good neighborhoods need. Are they complaining about traffic in Atlantic Station? These kinds of stores also make the area a strong regional draw and a more desirable place to live because the amenities are CLOSE by and you don't have to drive forever to find them. You don't even have to drive on the street to get to any of them, because of the easements. Family Dollar is our problem - NOT WALMART.
Marvin October 16, 2012 at 06:35 PM
People.. pick your battles. I'd welcome Walmart anyday over Family Dollar. At least Walmart will not lower property values and attract crime as Family Dollar has.
COCStrong October 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
This will ultimately be a "wait and see" moment, but the reason that I was against the Wal-Mart is because of the potential to wreck our fragile commercial district and accelerate the influx of second- and third-tier retailers. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find an area within Metro Atlanta where, within the span of a 1/2 mile, sit a Publix, Kroger and Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart's strategy is to undercut and dominate the competition, not to be a good citizen, so you can probably kiss one, or both, of those anchors good-bye within the next 2-5 years. And what will replace those anchors? Probably more of the same that we've seen in the last few years...wig shops, chicken wing joints, barber shops, nail salons...NOT the kind or quality of stores that Atlantic Station has as one commenter stated. I'm hoping the future of Cascade Road does not look like Memorial Drive or Old National Highway, but to say a Wal-Mart is what we want...hmmm...how many Wal-Marts are in Buckhead again?
Harvey Davis October 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Background on the Cascade Super WalMart http://www.sandtown.org/walmart_update.htm
James Reese October 17, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Harvey can you fix the text to match the page on the Walmart update site? Is there a more detailed update available including the litigation?
Marc Richardson (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Message from Henry Randolph <hankran@aol.com>: In regards to the Walmart on Cascade Road: Walmart is displaying a closed system of procurement and not making business opportunities available to the community. There contractor was selected from a closed bidders list, and the subs are pre-selected subs of those contractors. No advertisement of opportunity. This pattern may become displayed in other areas of concern and merit making other selections in the community when we conduct our shopping (eg using Publix and Greenbriar shops instead of Walmart). It is further insulting to have a Karen Brewer Edwards of Walmart and even our own Commission Chair represent misrepresent the fact. My suggestion is to promote a purchasing boycott and awareness of Walmart in the community. The pattern of conduct is no different than that of Romney, the Koch Brothers in the systematic exclusion of diversity when it would be ever so easy to get inclusion.
Carla MuyDulce H October 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
COCStrong is 100% on point. Don't think about the 300 LOW-WAGE jobs. Think QUALITY GROWTH. Think about the type of residents this area seeks to attract and retain and the amenities that they want. Think about the neighborhoods that have most vehemently opposed this establishment in their neighborhoods and the reasons why. Publix and Home Depot will be out of there within a couple of years of this store opening. Streets littered with trash and shopping carts. Traffic unbearable. For the person who says that they tolerate Camp Creek - traffic issues are moving people to walkable, urban designed neighborhoods PERIOD. When I lived in midtown and Atlantic Station Target threatened to close due to low sales, we made it a point to keep that establishment there. I just moved in the last month and live within a mile of this coming Walmart. I live in an established subdivision. Homeowners are wondering how this flew under the radar and worry that this will be a negative tipping point. We planned to buy in the area before our lease is up in a year and NOPE, not now. There are too many vibrant areas in the city and too many discussions of smart growth in the region for this area to be moving backwards. You shall see...
HR October 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM
“Reportedly, today over 90 percent of the products Wal-Mart sells are manufactured in foreign facilities,” Hood explains. “If the products Wal-Mart buys are not purchased directly from foreign sources, they are purchased from the many American companies that were forced to begin manufacturing their products in foreign countries, in order to compete in today’s market. “Wal-Mart successfully eliminated our country’s previously successful tier of “mom and pop” retailers. It was this group that almost solely sold products made in America, and in turn supported America’s manufacturing industry. But “mom and pop” operations are things of the past,” Hood adds, “and, Wal-Mart, having destroyed this economy-boosting segment of America, has since moved on, setting its sights on America’s manufacturers, demanding that they price their goods competitively in sweat shops of foreign lands.” “The bottom line result is that this out-of-work segment continues to feed at Wal-Mart’s trough of ‘everyday low prices’ — and in doing so, is supporting Wal-Mart’s circle of life. In reality, all of America should ‘watch out for Wal-Mart’s falling prices,’ because as each one falls, it is because a toll has been taken on an American or an American-made product,” Hood concludes. Wal-Mart’s EGOnomics—Always—The Greed Behind the Smiley Face is a powerful reminder for readers that “rolled-back prices” do not come without an enormous cost.
HR October 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM
American-Made Products Rapidly Disappearing from Marketplace; Chief Reason Attributed to America’s Leading Retailer The escalating decrease of American-made products available to consumers in US retail stores is at epidemic proportions, author Charles Hood attributes the real root of the problem to one source—retail goliath Wal-Mart. “There seems to be a reluctance to point fingers in any direction about the major reason products made in America AND American jobs are disappearing,” says Hood. “But fingers need to be pointed, and they need to be pointed at Wal-Mart for its total disregard for America and the sale of American-made products”
sbcollins October 24, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Born and raised in Cascade. College educated person with college degree and I still couldn't afford to live in Cascade. Also, tired of driving across town , like Douglasville and lenox area for Walmart and upscale mall options. I want the Walmart, we just have to deal with the traffic. People we always complain about Walmart, but I'm pretty sure we will all shop there....
JT M November 04, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Will there be a permanent exit on Fairburn RD as well? I do not think Fairburn can handle the extra traffic.
HR November 04, 2012 at 10:40 PM
The Fairburn exit problems pale in comparison to the deadly condition that will be exacerbated as we try to reach the Cascade exit. The absence of a designated exit lane on I-285 will increase the potential of creating a death trap as we try to maneuver the already hectic convergence from I-20 to I-285 in time to reach the Cascade exit. Wal-Mart and the County is to be placed on notice of their culpability and potential liability from not mitigating this hazard.
Deonte' November 10, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Yay for WalMart! I remember when no big box retailers wanted to build in Southwest Atlanta.
Channing Mason November 16, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Walmart used a low bid selection from various local contractors that have experience building Walmarts. The contractor selected is located on South Atlanta Road and has been in business since 1953.
Mara Emeka November 30, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I don't know about you guys, but the new development is soothing to my ears. The nearest WalMart was off of 20W. I hated driving that far. I agree with everyone's post about WalMart being a better choice than Family Dollar. For goodness sakes, we have like 5 of them in the area. That's just too much. How many do we need? I would also like to see in the near future, some nice quality Hotels. What do you guys think?
Ageorge December 30, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Absolutely agree. And unfortunately, the jobs that Wal-Mart creates aren't ideal. I guess better than nothing, but nonetheless, it is interesting that Buckhead fought and won against Wal-Mart setting up shop. How were they successful and we weren't?
In my community January 11, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Bring it on!!!! Everybody wants to put the southwest community down with the " I dont want!", but you will take your asses out to another community and bombard their streets with your traffic. Shut up, or move the hell out their where you go shop, and let us, in southwest Atlanta, experience a new age era of shopping, down the street from our homes especially when the children in the community have science projects, and can walk to walmart, rather than wait for someone to transport them to Thornton Rd. or further. Let's be for real, it's not all about what "YOU" want. Your getting old,sit down and move out of the way and allow change. If it doesn't work, then you protest, and complain.
Petee January 27, 2013 at 03:51 AM
I agree with "In my community". Because all those who disagree with having Walmart on Cascade, will be bursting down the doors to get in, once it get here. They will not want to go half way cross Ga. to go to another store. So everybody jchill out!
Sandra E Sweeting October 27, 2013 at 07:27 PM
This is like a catch 22 type situation! It's progress in terms of convenience, however there are hefty prices to pay and being paid for the luxury of convenience. With that being said-my motto is to: pay for what you get and by the same token you are supposed to get what you pay for! Meaning just this, we don't want those exuberant prices and inferior merchandise. It's the subtle things that I'm paying attention to just yesterday when I went into the store on Cascade for the first time. The vegan and vegetarian section was not properly stock and had a very slim selection. They're certainly not concerned with the health-consciousness of this particular community and I noticed the prices will necessitate selective shopping. I saw very few,if any, rolled backed prices or bargains through-out the entire store. Was that not supposed to be their rational before extinguishing the mom and pops and backbone of the American-made industry and market? I strongly suggest that we stay and become even more shrewd as educated consumers and don't sleep this retail giants and stay actively alert and aware! Sands Sweets Scents on Cascade


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