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Neighbors oppose new grocery store in Cobb County

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Tempers flared at a meeting Wednesday night about a proposed grocery store. Neighbors say they don’t want it. 

About 100 people showed up to the Cobb County Senior Center for a community meeting, the vast majority opposing the new store in Marietta.  A new German grocery store chain, Lidl, wants to build 10 locations in Cobb County.

Currently there is a movie theater at Gordy Parkway and Shallowford Road. It would have to be knocked down to make way for the new store.

More than 1,500 people have signed an online petition saying they don’t want that to happen. 

“We are very loyal to the property that is there now,” Pamela Griffiths told CBS46. Griffiths lives in the Highland Park subdivision next to the movie theater. 

Cobb County Commissioner JoAnn Birell hosted the community meeting on the proposal.

“I’ve gotten so many comments and phone calls and e-mails regarding this,” Birell explained to CBS46. Many people expressed concern about additional traffic in the already congested area.

Jaren Miller came to the meeting with an open mind and is still undecided.

“I think it could potentially benefit the community but I understand the concerns,” Miller shared. Commissioner Birrell also remains undecided.

“I can’t really make a decision until I hear both sides publicly,” Birrell contended. Cobb County Commissioners will vote on the proposal after a public meeting on June 20th.

Lidl declined to speak to CBS46 on camera but did send this written statement:

“As a company, we are committed to working closely with our communities and being excellent neighbors wherever we operate.”

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