|Big Lots store at Suburban Plaza with upcoming Walmart in the background|
Big Lots is closing its store at Suburban Plaza near Decatur. While it comes as little surprise to see the Columbus, Ohio-based chain close a store, it's still sad to see. The store has been in the center for many years and was reportedly told multiple times (by Selig Properties) they were safe and could remain in the center even as the huge new Walmart Supercenter is built.
|I wonder where former Target carts turned Big Lots buggies will end up?|
Big Lots is currently offering 20% off existing inventory ahead of an as yet unpublicized last day of business.
According to a store employee, there are currently no plans to reopen the store elsewhere in the future. Luckily, there are still a number of Big Lots stores around town. The two closest to Suburban Plaza would likely be those on Candler Road, just off I-20 in Decatur, and on Chamblee Tucker Road in Tucker.
|At left, signage at the current Hancock Fabric, at right, the current status at the new location|
Hancock Fabrics, also originally said to be staying in the center, is also leaving. The fabric and craft store will close January 10th with plans to reopen January 17th at Northlake Festival in Tucker. Hancock will occupy the former Schoolbox space to the right of Jason's Deli. Schoolbox previously relocated to another space in the center, which if memory serves, was previously home to Kids "Я" Us .
A number of other long term tenants including Piccadilly Cafeteria, Last Chance Thrift Store, Decatur Estate and Suburban Custom Awards have already left the center.
|The Decatur Estate signage remains despite the fact that they relocated over a year ago|
Decatur Estate is now on Lawrenceville Highway, across the street from the upcoming Goodwill store & donation center.
Suburban Custom Awards & Framing is now on Laredo Drive, not far from Your DeKalb Farmers Market.
Last Chance Thrift Store is now located on North Decatur Road, basically behind the center in which Kroger is currently expanding their store.
Piccadilly Cafeteria and Familiy Dollar both closed and have not reopened elsewhere.
Suburban Lanes is reportedly staying through the renovation and has no plans to leave. Cozy Burger Town, the indie burger joint in the former Pizza Hut outparcel, is reportedly being forced out by plans to build a new Starbucks in its place.
|A pair of Blink electric car chargers fenced in and surrounded by construction materials|
For now the center is heavily fenced off making the two existing electric vehicle chargers completely inaccessible. Fortunately, Tesla recently opened a dealership, service center and showroom less than a half mile away.
|Prep work on the upcoming Walmart Supercenter at Suburban Plaza|
With prep work progressing on the Walmart portion of the center, many have asked what other new retailers would be opening. LA Fitness will occupy the 34,000 square foot former Winn-Dixie / Save Rite building and should start renovations in the next few months. Ross Dress for Less is also reportedly a done deal and would likely occupy about 24,000 square feet.
|Former Winn-Dixie / Save Rite that will soon become an LA Fitness|
Other retailers such as HomeGoods, from TJX Companies, and Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts have been mentioned but are unconfirmed.
What retailer or restaurant would you like most to see open in Suburban Plaza? Are you disappointed that Big Lots and Hancock Fabrics are leaving Suburban Plaza? What is your oldest memory of Suburban Plaza?
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