Signs of new life are popping up on Wesley Chapel Road.
On April 9 DeKalb District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson and a group of residents welcomed the arrival of a Dunkin’ Donuts store with a groundbreaking ceremony along the Wesley Chapel corridor near I-20.
“This will be an upscale coffee shop with WI-FI that we want in our community,” Johnson said.
According to the owner, the new 3,500-square-foot Dunkin’ Donuts, slated to open this July, will be located at 2555 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, and will bring 10 new jobs to the area and have an additional adjoining retail space. The Decatur location will be the seventh store opened by local franchisee Salman Badruddin, who also owns Panola Road and Memorial Drive locations.
“I like this area,” Badruddin said. “I’m excited to bring a community coffee shop to this area.”
“We are not renovating this property, we are rebuilding this property. This will be a brand new building from the ground up,” he said.
The existing building, currently being demolished, was home to several businesses in the past but has sat vacant for several years.
“It’s important that we get rid of these vacancies. It creates code issues, promotes vagrancy and it’s just an eyesore,” Johnson said. “When you have new, vibrant businesses opening, it shows the renaissance of Wesley Chapel and District 3.”
Residents at the ground breaking expressed excitement about the neighborhood-friendly business opening and the possibilities for other businesses to move in to the area.
“We’re in a renaissance. We’re trying to restore and rebuild,” said Paula Tate, a resident for more than 30 years and director of the Heart of South DeKalb Festival. “We’re also focusing on shopping local and building local—which is the only way we’ll save our community.”
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