Atlanta residents oppose Family Dollar stores in neighborhood - CBS46 News

Atlanta residents oppose Family Dollar stores in neighborhood

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Several homeowners in northwest Atlanta are fired up about the development of multiple Family Dollar stores in their neighborhood.

Cheryl Shaw lives a mile away from what will soon be two Family Dollar stores and she'll be the first to tell you that's not a good deal.

"They are a target for crime," Shaw said.

Shaw said a Family Dollar store at Bolton Road and Marietta Boulevard was the target of an armed robbery four months ago and she just learned another Family Dollar is going to be built a mile and a half up the road at Bolton Road and James Jackson Parkway.

"We've really worked long and hard to encourage locally-owned businesses to come into this area and businesses we think are going to add value to the community and unfortunately, Family Dollar we don't view as being one of those businesses," Shaw said.

It's an opinion shared by many in this community. Residents believe the discount retailer is more concerned about the dollar than they are the family.

"I don't know why it was targeted in this neighborhood. No one here shops at Family Dollar so it doesn't make sense to us that there would actually be two Family Dollar stores within a mile and a half of each other," homeowner Stephen Paul said.

If that's not enough, there are approximately five Family Dollar stores in the surrounding area, according to Atlanta council member Felicia Moore.

"Well it's not necessarily opposition on my part of Family Dollar; it's the proliferation of Family Dollar. We don't need to see them at every major intersection in our community," Moore said.

"We're going to try to do everything in our power as a community to stop this development," Shaw said.

CBS Atlanta News spoke with a local representative for Family Dollar and they said they will be listening to feedback from the community and they want to be good community partner. Also, council member Felicia Moore will be meeting with a Family Dollar representative in the next couple of weeks.

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