What Should Go in the Old Wal-Mart Building, Across From the Post Office?

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What would you like to see move into the old Wal-Mart building on Douglas Blvd., across the street from the main post office?

FREE BROWN February 15, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Julie Camp February 15, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I like Trader Joes, but their stores don't carry a very big selection. I'd rather see a farmers market with fresh veggies, fruits, meats, cheeses and flowers. I hate driving to Decatur to get my fresh fix.
Jessica February 15, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I agree with you Ms. Camp, a farmers market would be fantastic. I work in Decatur and just went for the first time today to their market, I think Douglasville could really benefit from one.
James Bell February 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I suggested a few years ago to convert it to a school. I helped to remodel a retail space for DeKalb Co. for use as a school. It saved taxpayers millions and provide a much needed school in the area. Of course Douglas County can come up with 101 reason why it can't be utilized. Cobb has used existing retail space as government annex buildings. At this point the Big Box is just that a big box. Few retailers see Douglas as a viable place to invest. Do you really think there is a demand for a framers market in Douglas?
Julie Camp February 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I've seen what locals put in the carts at the grocery store, I don't think D'ville could support a large farmer's market. But, one can dream.
Lisa Cooper February 15, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I think utilizing the space as government annex space is one of the better choices with educational options as a second choice. I remember when Little Giant Farmer's Market came out here a few years ago. Their Riverdale location was very popular, but they didn't last long here....and they were in half the space. Personally, I think one area Douglas County is lacking in is more choice regarding private schools. I'd like to see a highly rigorous non-denominational K-12 school. Hmmm....I hold a teaching certificate, a masters in curriculum and.....Who's in? LOL
m riley February 15, 2012 at 09:19 PM
douglas county needs a new animal shelter with more visiability would this not be a great location
Ernie Hendrix February 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM
What I think should is that Wal-Mart should go back in there. The "new" store has created a traffic nightmare and opening a second store in their old space would alleviate a lot of the traffic problems and would bring in more businesses to the other empty areas in that desolate and almost deserted shopping center. Whenever I think of all the money Douglas County and Douglasville put into making that empty big box space happen, it breaks my heart. As an alternative, tear it down and build apartments there.
Lisa Cooper February 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM
i like the animal shelter idea.....:) Eddie, I'm not a huge fan of Walmart. Most of that has to do with the move, but i doubt they would open a store so close to an existing location. Please go by the location and drive by the store fronts. There are several viable businesses there....Highlands College, Davis-Clay Salon come to mind. It would be nice if the entire center could be filled. Heck it would be nice if all the empty boxes could be filled across the county, wouldn't it? Eddie you mentioned the county and city spent money to make the empty box space happen. Can you elaborate that point? What did you mean?
Lisa Cooper February 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Ernie.....I apologize. I incorrectly referred to you as Eddie. :(
LeeR February 16, 2012 at 01:28 PM
That property switched owner's back in 2006 to COTTAGE GROVE PARTNERS, LLC out of New Haven, CT. I was told years back that WalMart renewed the lease on the vacant space every contract period to keep a big box retail store from moving in. I don't know if that is still the case, but we sure have not seen anything other than a weekend flea market occupy the store since WalMart moved out.
Sarah Whitlow February 17, 2012 at 09:22 AM
I also agree that a new, NO KILL, animal shelter should go here. The county has gotten much larger than it use to be & so has the number of animals. The one we have now is FAR to small & has too many animals, that they kill too many of to make room to accommodate for all the ones coming in. I personally think that is a PUURRfect idea! lol!
LeeR February 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Come up with the $27,000 per month rent payment and you can have that NO KILL animal shelter.
Christina Cullen February 18, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I work in that center. I have heard rumors that a bowling alley was going to go in there. Just rumors, though.
Anthony Castle February 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM
A Fry's Electronics would be nice.
Chelsea February 28, 2012 at 03:37 PM
How about an all in one hang out place. Like a place for adults can hang out watch games, drink, what not. Then a place for teens and for little ones. There isnt many places in Douglasville to chill anymore. The mall is too strict on weekends for teens now that they can either hang in the food court or movies. Only other places are the bowling alley and skating rink but only then are they open rarely or it just gets old. Or everything is run down like Skate park/miniature golf by Deerlick.I'm always having to drive to Atlanta to do something exciting! I think Dville could invest in a great hangout gathering. Maybe a place where Adults and teens can dance - like a club - have an arcade -Rockwall Climbing- Indoor Go Cart - blow up bouncing machines for little ones and what not. A friendly place where the entire family is invited. Where if the parents want to watch a game chill in the bar zone (21 and up) and have there kids (21 and under) chill somewhere else while being at the same place. All in one activity center. Club! Bar! Arcade! Bouncy Jumpers! Arts & Craft center -rockwall climbing. Ect! There reallly isn't a place to go and it is causing kids to be on the street and then it just seems like they are looking for trouble. I see it all the time. Then there is the fact adults want to go out but then worry about where there kids are going to go or who is going to babysit them. We need a family center, a place that is fun for everyone with a variety of things to do. Fun! Fun!
Janice Goad February 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM
ABSOLUTELY!!! I've been preaching that to deaf ears for months. It wouldn't have to ALL be used at one time, but it certainly would give space for quarantine areas, visiting rooms, et cetera. There's an outdoor exercise area already there in the old garden center. When I offered the suggestion at a Town Hall Meeting, the commissioner blew me off with the comment that the requirements for such a facility would be different than those for a retail space. The real reason nobody will even CONSIDER it? The county owns property out in the middle of nowhere and changing their focus just doesn't work for them. Putting the animal shelter in such a space has been done in other cities and worked wonderfully well. Our commissioners need to take off their blinders and look past what they thought was a good idea years ago and envision what should be happening NOW!!!
Janice Goad February 28, 2012 at 04:36 PM
You have the perfect mindset for a politician. Have you thought of running for office?
Constance Trea February 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
How about another theatre showing older pix that have been out of the main theaters for awhile? They have a great one on Chattanooga off Gun Barrel Rd.
Carrie Hutchins February 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I like that idea, what you are saying reminds me alot of Stars and Strikes in Dallas and that place is always hoppin on the weekends!
Helen Chambers February 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM
More educational would be good. The center is zoned for Retail therefore, a TJ Max, Burlington Coat Factory, a nice furniture store/outlet of high end goods. Thought should also be on the K-Mart space that will close soon. The Hwy 5 area has been treated as second class since the opening of the Mall and Chapel Hill , but if "you build it, they will come". There is a need for quality retail in this area. Adult Entrainment would not be a choice for this large space, remembering there is a church across the street. We certainly don't want anything that would require additional police protection!
Helen Chambers February 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM
That is an excelent idea!!
Helen Chambers February 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Chelsea, while your ideas are good and there certainly is a need for a place for teens to gather, this has been tried before, creating a major problem with enforcement officers. One failed because of a stabbing. Certainly not a good idea to have one area for adults who might be drinking and having teens or preteens in an adjoing area. We have entirely too many teenagers getting into trouble without the help of the City aprroving such a use. I'm sure we will see they type of facility you and others have mentioned, however these should be stand alone facilities and not backed up by residental, churches and retail properties as this one is. Can you imagine the "hoppin" going on in your back yard?
Fred February 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I think that the the Stewart Parkway area qualifies as a "built it, they came, then they left" situation. We certainly do not need anything else built along that road before the existing space is utilized.
Helen Chambers February 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM
OH MY Fred, I didn't mean to build anything else. I meant to build this space with quality retail and others would follow. Sorry for the confusion.
Helen Chambers February 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM
There is absolutely too much retail space standing empty and the main reason the City and County should STOP all approval of new spaces being built until these are filled..Douglas Blvd and Stewart Parkway are great examples as well as the downtown area...They should count the square footage available before approving any new construction.
Lindsay Millett February 29, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I think a farmer's market NEEDS to be in Douglasville. Isn't there a bill trying to be passed about not allowing junk food to be purchased with food stamps? I support that, definitely, and I think a farmer's market would offer a wider selection to people who would not normally give it the time of day, especially because the rest of us have been driving out of town to get their market fix. However, my vote would have to go to the animal shelter that m riley suggested. Animals are my kryptonite.
Janice Goad February 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
There's buzz about building a new shelter. I've heard the figure of $1.4 million mentioned. SURELY this existing building could be retrofitted for less than that amount and in a shorter period of time, plus be in a place that people can SEE it. Of course that would leave a parcel of land out in the middle of nowhere owned by the county. I was told at the Town Hall Meeting that the feasibility of converting this space into a shelter would be investigated. That was the commissioner's polite way of telling me to go fly a kite. Somebody mentioned $27,000 a month rent for the space (don't know the accuracy of that statement), but I think the county should own the facility. Bottom line, NOBODY will know anything until it's investigated. I'm not ready yet to hold my breath while I wait for that, however. Once the good ol' boys decide on a plan of action, reason doesn't enter into it.
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