Backlash against the influx of Family Dollar stores in Southwest Atlanta continues to be a hot subject. Residents from the area are expected to turn out in large numbers Monday evening at a Town Hall meeting to allow their voices to be heard by various city council members.
Last month, Councilman C.T. Martin organized a highly attended 'NO Family Dollar' protest outside of the new construction happening on Benjamin E. Mays. At that time Mr. Martin and other community leaders made the trip north to visit the headquarters of the discount store and get an explanation of their practices. According to Councilman Martin, the corporation met with them, but very little productive came out of their meeting. See the Video
The SW Atlanta community believes that discount retailers such as Family Dollar have a tradition of bringing down the value of neighborhoods, and also say there is evidence that their parking lots turn into havens for crime. Residents also say that there are enough Family Dollar stores in the area, and that the community needs other sorts of businesses other than Family Dollar.
The Atlanta City Council members will hear from residents at Adamsville Recreation Center at 6 p.m., Monday, October 1st.