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Old 05-03-2009, 03:32 PM
 
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Unique mom and pops are great, but are chain operations bad for a neighborhood? Do they sap the charm?

Can Maggiano's, Quizno's, Burger King,and Publix co-exist with Bob's Farmer's Market, Ralph's Atlanta Butcher, and the XYZ Sweet Cafe ?

Do chains make a community seem too suburban or too downscale ?
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Old 05-03-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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Of course not. As long as there is a good balance, I don't see a problem with it.

Last edited by nature's message; 05-03-2009 at 04:35 PM.. Reason: Correction.....
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:17 PM
 
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Yeah, I don't have a problem with it as long as they don't outnumber the mom and pop places. In Candler Park there's a San Francisco Coffee shop a block from The Flying Biscuit and Doc Bombays. They all seem to offer a little unique something. San Fran offers internet and the usual coffee house acoutraments. Flying Biscuit (the bakery not the cafe) offers unique pastries. Doc Bombay's offers ice cream...
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:25 PM
 
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Unique mom and pops are great, but are chain operations bad for a neighborhood? Do they sap the charm?

Can Maggiano's, Quizno's, Burger King,and Publix co-exist with Bob's Farmer's Market, Ralph's Atlanta Butcher, and the XYZ Sweet Cafe ?

Do chains make a community seem too suburban or too downscale ?
Actually, it is good to have some chain restaurants/other chains in a neighborhood.

The balance betweeen chain and mom+pop makes for a healthier commercial mix.

Reason? Chains weather economic downturns much better.

The City of Decatur actually approached this issue several years ago--they saw that Decatur's downtown was too dependent on mom+pop...so they actively sought more chain restaurants, etc...ensuring that the overall health of the downtown/commercial districts would be healthy long-term.

It's all about a healthy balance.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:19 AM
 
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I'm with the others -- a healthy balance is best.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Sandy Springs, GA
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Whether or not a chain restaurant degrades the surrounding neighborhood is mostly a matter of personal taste--but too many chain restaurants (as in Gwinnett County, say) can be suffocating.
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