Southwest Atlanta residents are traveling to the Matthews, N.C. headquarters of discount store Family Dollar to protest the number of stores that are opening.
Residents will start the protest at 10 a.m. on Friday across from a planned discount store at Fairburn Road and Benjamin E. Mays Drive.
This comes after more than 200 residents turned out for an Aug. 14 community meeting at the Adamsville Recreation Center in opposition of the planned new store.
Councilman C.T. Martin, who represents the area, said his office has been flooded with phone calls in opposition.
Martin said the store doesn't fit the neighborhood.
"We have worked very hard to build this corridor with businesses that compliment the community," he said. "This store location is one step backwards. In fact, we have researched Family Dollar Stores Inc.'s pattern of locating their stores in Atlanta."
Family Dollar Stores plans to open 450 to 500 new stores nationwide in the current fiscal year, including Atlanta's new Cascade Road store, according to the corporation.
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