Council OKs Agreement to Bring Wal-Mart to Winters Chapel

New Wal-Mart Market-style store will open at 5025 Winters Chapel Road


Plans for a Wal-Mart Market on Winters Chapel Road moved forward Monday night, after the Dunwoody city council struck an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett County.

Walmart Markets, a smaller grocery-centered store than the typical Walmart, is looking to open a store at 5025 Winters Chapel Rd. The majority of the store building would be located in Gwinnett County, while parking, the right of ways and a sliver of the building would be in Dunwoody.

The agreement hands over oversight of permitting, zoning and other issues related to the development to the county.

The city had concerns about the traffic impact.

"The mayor met with Wal-Mart. they stated that they would provide us $30,000 to do the pedestrian improvements and whaterver else we want that is associated with that," said City Attorney Brian Anderson.

The company was waiting on Dunwoody's approval to move forward.

Councilman Doug Thompson urged the council to move forward.

"We shouldn't hold it up," he said.

Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch agreed, adding that it would be good for the local economy.

"I think it will stimulate development across the street," she said.

Gwinnett began working with the developer on the project last fall. The county received the development case for the project on Oct. 4.

The store would be about 63,823 square feet of retail space with 302 parking spaces.

There are about 167 Walmart Markets across the country. In the Atlanta area, a Market was opened in Snellville and there are plans to open one in Marietta.

Alex H February 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Is there a link available to the full site plan? I'm curious about some of the details.
Heyward February 16, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I think this will be great for the new city of Peachtree Corners and for Dunwoody. Walmart most likely will attract other businesses and help the area in it economic development.
glenn smith February 17, 2012 at 01:14 PM
it will make traffic a nightmare. it is hard enough trying to get on winter chapel road now. no wal-mart. i did not vote for the city. just more gov. on top gov. telling us how we have to live.
DunwoodyWorkingMan February 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Based on your comment Glen, I am comfortable with you not voting at all...ever.
Adrienne Duncan February 17, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Glen-- So you are saying an empty shopping center is preferable to Walmart? Because that's your only other option. Traffic tends to be really light in blighted areas. Blight is better than anticipated traffic? Are you opposing this because bringing in that tenant is a bad idea or do you just opposed everything city council does because you didn't want them there in the first place?
Max February 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Mayor Davis characterized the Walmart Neighborhood Market as a 'gamechanger,' and he could not be more accurate. The absence of any Nationally branded stores in an area signifies that the underlying demographics will not support those activities. This investment is a significant vote of confidence that this area of Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners offers stability and a market area is underserved by a quality conscious grocer. http://walmartstores.com/aboutus/7606.aspx "Walmart Neighborhood Markets offer a quick and convenient shopping experience for customers who need groceries, pharmaceuticals, and general merchandise all at our famous Every Day Low Prices. First opened in 1998, there are now 167 Walmart Neighborhood Markets, each employing about 95 associates. A typical store is about 42,000 square feet. Walmart Neighborhood Markets feature a wide variety of products, including: Fresh produce Meat and Dairy products Frozen foods Dry goods and staples Health and beauty aids Stationery and paper goods Drive-through pharmacy Deli foods Bakery items Canned and packaged goods Condiments and spices Pet supplies Household supplies One-hour photo center"
Franky Powders August 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Traffic will suck but that area is really ghetto. It will help the area in a big way!


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