Decatur Residents Protest Opening Of New Walmart

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Stock image of Walmart. (Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Stock image of Walmart. (Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Dozens of residents of Decatur are protesting plans to open a Walmart near the city’s downtown square.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports about 100 people turned out Saturday to rally in opposition to the big-box retailer. They carried signs that read “Stop Walmart” and chanted “Super neighborhoods, not supercenters.”

Walmart has proposed a 150,000-square-foot store the Suburban Plaza shopping center. Decatur residents say the location is too close to the city’s downtown square and would siphon business from local retailers and worsen traffic congestion.

Walmart has said its opponents don’t reflect the views of most residents in the Decatur area outside Atlanta.

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