What Would You Like to See in These Vacant Buildings?

These vacant properties, zoned commercial, are for sale.

2417 Lenora Church Road
Former residential

This building, built in 1961, is on a corner lot currently serves as a travel agency with four offices. The asking price is $350,000. 

3455 Highway 124
Clear lot

This is a large, cleared lot by the Centerville Walmart. Asking price is $325,000 and sits on .75 acres. Nearby businesses are a new car wash, Shane's Rib Shack, a number of small strip malls and a new-ish QuikTrip. 

There are also multiple lease or purchase options in shopping centers like Snellville Oaks, Fountain Square off of McGee Road, Wisteria Village and Gwinnett Crossing

Many of these shopping centers have strong anchor businesses, like Summits Tavern in Gwinnett Crossing and Hobby Lobby in Wisteria Village. And yet, despite these popular stores, spaces around it sit empty.

Snellville Oaks is showing a lot of promise, with recent additions like Purus Fine Foods, Ladies Workout and Integrity Christian Academy, but still suffers from lack of foot traffic. 

What stores do you envision bringing more vitality to Snellville? Are there any new businesses you are excited about? 

Diana November 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
You know what, we have enough shops in Snellville. We don't need anymore. They need to plow over the vacant lots and plant trees. The wooded areas we now have they need to clean up. They need to removed that PVC nightmare on Whisteria and plant some trees. Snellville doesn't need "more" it needs to clean up what it has. The Avenues is a nice place to shop, all the shopping areas need to strive to look that nice.
Eric Van Otteren November 26, 2012 at 02:04 PM
There is one way to fill vacant buildings: a business moves in or a business is started and moves in. If you always wanted to start a business, there is no better time than now. If you are looking for a business location, Snellville has the resources to make your dream a success. Checkout the www.snellvillebusinesstoolbox.com.
Diana November 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
ps what they did to Whisteria Drive is a crime, they took down all the whisteria and made it a PVC grave yard. I know it is the job of the city planners to bring in more business, more business more taxes to build the city but there comes a point when you put a time limit on the vacant lots you have and make them more attractive until they are used. I will also state that as much as I really like Brett Harrell I hated that he dumped Ronald Reagan HWY into Snellville, the only time you can move around Snellville is when it's closed for Run the Reagan foot race. Traffic should be a number one priority.
Michelle Couch November 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Perhaps the Regal Cinemas could consider renovating and converting to a "movie tavern". This concept seems to be very popular and is popping up in Gwinnett Cities. If this would take place - the foot traffic would pick-up and then hopefully the empty parcels would begin to fill. Maybe an ice cream shop now that the school has moved in. Perhaps a tutoring facility. An independent book store/novelty store would be great. A bakery/coffee shop would be a nice touch. An insurance agent could take over one of the smaller parcels. Destination type businesses.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I love the movie tavern idea!!
Crystal Huskey (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I would love to have seen the wisteria.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 06:03 PM
What type of atmosphere do you envision Snellville having in ten years? Similar to Decatur? Or Buckhead? If economic development keeps moving forward, what kind of personality do you think our town will have?
Antony Bordoli November 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I like the movie tavern idea, too. I like the Regal at The Mall of Georgia, but I do not like the Regal here in Snellville an since they is some rule/law that the Sneville Regal and The Carmike HAVE to mutually exclusively share movies (i.e. it's playing at one or the other, but both advertise and don't know who is going to show what) I typically check in with The Carmike (a better value, BTW) a few times a month. I cringe whenever I have to go to the Snellville Regal. My last and hopefully final visit there, I felt overcharged and the movie wasn't even enlarged to the viewing screen. The whole strip-mall that the Regal is in, in my opinion, is an eye-sore. The only business I like there, which I frequented for my first time at my last Snellville Regal movie viewing, is really the only place that I could find to eat - Dunkin Donuts. It was quick, tasty and affordable with great service. Out with the Regal and in with Movie Tavern!!! City planners, please revitalize this area. "WalMart a school does not make" - Yoda
Antony Bordoli November 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I like the start we have with a new City Hall and I like the look of The Avenue. I just wish I didn't have to drive through so much traffic to to the "nicer" parts of Snellville. I like the shopping area with the Home Depot, but after Circuit City left, it seemed that other tenants did too. Snellville has a few pockets of "diamonds in the rough", I just wish we had our own Toys'R'Us and Golden Corral. I miss Ryan's.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Antony, there's a new restaurant/catering business in that strip called Purus Fine Foods. It's really good, and hopefully will attract similar shops. I'll have a story up on it soon, but it's definitely worth checking out!
Diana November 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Ryans got nasty before they close. Has anyone been in Carmike recently? It smells like vomit, it was so nasty I was afraid to eat the snacks. It's worth the time to drive up to the Movie Tavern plus the food is cheaper. I will not go to the Snellville Regal and haven't in years, it's always been trashy. It amazes me with the battling city hall that Snellville has the city has always moved in the right direction, the new police station is a plus, Briscoe Park has gotten more beautiful with age (somebody is doing a great job there) ' I hate PVC grave yards. I know it's the job of the city planner to get more stores up and running but I'd be more happy if they up graded what we have and plowed over the empty buildings.
Carolyn December 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Even with the Avenue being a pretty nice place to shop, it still doesn't compare (traffic wise or appearance) to the Forum and it was supposed to be almost identical. Two reasons, one, they split it which was awful. They didn't have alot of choice but still. Second, no weekday business traffic. The Forum has Technology park and many others, which makes that place thrive even during the week. That being said, I wish we could snag some nicer stores like Pottery Barn, Williams & Sonoma and Brighton to name a few. A Trader Joes and or a Whole Foods in Snellville or close by would be wonderful but I'm not sure Snellville's economy could handle a Whole Foods.


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