A Walmart in Peachtree Corners?

Shopping center could get a much needed boost with a Walmart Grocery Store.

By Phil Sadd

As a 20-year resident of the Lockridge Forest subdivision, I have strong interests in the possible move of a Walmart grocery store into the shopping center located at the intersection of Winters Chapel and Peeler Roads in District One of Peachtree Corners.  

I wanted to get the city of Dunwoody’s view on this project, so I attended the Dunwoody City Council meeting on Monday, February 13.

The City of Dunwoody is involved in the Walmart project because the shopping center is located in both Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. The building, except a very small portion of it, is located in Gwinnett County. 

A significant portion of the parking lot, and the right of ways, are located in DeKalb County. This Walmart location will not be a traditional Walmart Superstore that stays open 24 hours. Instead, this will be a Walmart neighborhood market, which is a smaller, grocery-focused store.

During the Dunwoody Council meeting, I presented a three-minute public comment to the Mayor and City Council. As part of my comments, I expressed  the level of interest that our neighbors have in this shopping center. 

The anchor store has been vacant for over a year providing an eyesore to this area of Peachtree Corners. The previous tenant (a grocery store) closed its doors and boarded up its windows without proper notice to its customers. The community needs a long-term tenant that will help provide jobs to local residents and economic stability to the area.

As part of Dunwoody’s meeting, the Mayor and City Council discussed and voted on the approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Dunwoody and Gwinnett County. 

The agreement passed unanimously giving Gwinnett County the responsibility for permits, zoning and code enforcement. Gwinnett County will also receive the tax revenue. One of Dunwoody’s concerns was the potential increase in traffic on that section of Winters Chapel Road. Walmart agreed to provide Dunwoody with funds to be used for conducting a traffic study, pedestrian improvements or similar activities.     

A view from one of the Dunwoody City Council members was that the area could use a boost, and that Walmart could invigorate the shopping center. Mayor Davis commented that this is a “game changer” for the area. An attorney representing Walmart was also at the meeting and shared with me that this agreement was the last major hurdle to work through. The plans are not final yet, however Walmart’s construction could begin as early as May. 

I look forward to future projects that help improve District One of Peachtree Corners and the possibility of representing the Peachtree Corners City Council as we work with the Dunwoody City Council on initiatives that involve both our cities.

Click here for additional information on Walmart's plans which were published on Dunwoody Patch.

Editor's note: Phil Sadd is a candidate running for the Peachtree Corners Post 1 city council seat. The opinions expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Peachtree Corners-Berkeley Lake Patch.

Phil Sadd February 17, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Hi Robin, This Walmart will be much smaller than a traditional Walmart SuperCenter. If you're familiar with the Winters Chapel Shopping Center, the new Walmart will be just slightly bigger than the previous tenant that occupied that location. It will be a grocery focused store, so hopefully it will have a good vibe/feel to it.
Robert J. Nebel February 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
It seems that a traffic study will show that there will be a slight traffic increase with Dunwoody and PC residents alike going out of their way to this outlet for great deals. However, a WM food-mart will benefit those who have limited transportation options in the immediate area. As far as this type of complex expanding, it could build up, but not out at this point -- since there is property immediately behind the shopping center.
Bob February 17, 2012 at 02:31 PM
These markets typically offer prices higher than your traditional Wal-Mart Super Center and are generally about the same price as your traditional grocery store. I think I will just keep shopping at Publix.
Robert J. Nebel February 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
@Bob Good point-if WM adopts that boutique strategy, then it would only attract the foodies who frequent places like Fresh Market. In any scenario, I would expect to see more SUVs, minivans and Hummers in the vicinity of this outlet.
LK February 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Anything that would bring life to this shopping center without being an eyesore would be wonderful! There's nothing like a boarded-up store to make the surrounding property appear worthless.


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