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PTC, Whole Foods could have out-maneuvered Kroger
Had the corporate suits at Kroger not righted themselves today, there was another solution to handling the "baby" Kroger leaving the Peachtree Crossing East shopping center.
Sure there would've been a Goodwill in its place. But have some vision people! Look at what COULD happen there.
The building behind McDonald's is home to quite a few small merchants ... but it's also a sizeable area.
If Mayor Harold Logsdon is right, and Whole Foods wants in PTC, that solves half the battle right there. Call in the Whole Foods folks and have them meet with the shopping center owner.
Figure out a way to relocate the smaller businesses and do a teardown of the area that used to have the Shadow's and Peking restaurants. And BLAMMO! Whole Foods can build itself a custom store.
It would have been a win-win-win.
Win #1: Smaller stores get foot traffic from Whole Foods, helping them thrive.
None of this is to say that Whole Foods can't STILL come to PTC. Heck, maybe it can still come to Peachtree Crossings (wonder if Kroger's lease makes it an "exclusive" grocer at the shopping center).
Meanwhile, we owe an attaboy not just to all the citizens who called, e-mailed and otherwise pestered Kroger into doing the right thing. We also owe quite a bit of thanks to Mayor Harold Logsdon, who apparently was able to wield at least some influence despite lacking any city ordinances to prevent Kroger's closing and Goodwill's opening.
Guess we owe Kroger a begrudging thanks too for taking the business risk of keeping Baby Kroger open.
If the baby Kroger is losing money, Kroger folks need to figure out a way to make it work ... or find a more mainstream retailer (Old Navy?) to take its place.
And while we're waving magic wands, would somebody please bring back Great Shakes a few doors down from the Baby Kroger? Best wings (and bleu cheese dressing) I've ever had.login to post comments | John Munford's blog