12/14: Wal-Mart welcomed with open arms

Moderated by Rick Badie

Wal-Mart was greeted with open arms when it chose to build a store in a dated strip mall off Jimmy Carter Boulevard in the Norcross area. It is believed the company’s presence will spark development in the corridor.

The executive director of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District shares the CID’s vision.

And residents lay out the welcome mat for the retail giant.

6 comments Add your comment

Amereazanisha

December 14th, 2011
10:25 pm

This is the old Greens Corners property. Years ago it was a nice commercial area with a theater and a great restaurant, now a very, very distressed transitional neighborhood. This is ballsy, even for WalMart. Sure hope they know what they’re doin.

senorita

December 14th, 2011
5:41 pm

“Leaders need to be more informed about unbiased scientific studies regarding the negative impact of Walmart on the community and the middle class.”

And that would be a good idea if that particular area had any “middle class” people left. But that neighborhood is filled with folks working unskilled/uneducated jobs who have arrived here from Latin America within the last 15 years – not exactly middle class. They’d better take whatever jobs and shopping opportunities they can get.

thu than

December 14th, 2011
3:55 pm

this one is at the crossing of jimmy carter & rockbridge rd. very close to the one on lawrenceville hwy in koger center (probably 4 to 5 miles).

thuja

December 14th, 2011
1:32 pm

Everybody is down on Wal-Mart, but they provide goods at prices the common man can afford, and offer jobs to those whom others will not employ. I think Wal-Mart is great.

Nikki

December 14th, 2011
10:18 am

Leaders need to be more informed about unbiased scientific studies regarding the negative impact of Walmart on the community and the middle class.

ACC14-SEC14 Booster

December 13th, 2011
11:33 pm

“Leaders expect redevelopment to curb crime, and that revitalization starts with Wal-Mart, the first notable economic boost in years. The Kmart building will be torn down early next year to make room for the new Wal-Mart store and parking lot. The clubs will no longer exist, but they already appeared to be shuttered when I visited the area Monday.”

NO! Don’t tell me that they’ve closed my seedy hole-in-the-wall nightclubs where people frequently get stabbed and shot and that they’re going to tear down my long abandoned, decaying and blighted K-Mart!

How DARE they!