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Wayfield closes 20 year old Candler Road store

March 5, 2010

CrossRoadsNews – Wayfield closes 20 year old Candler Road store.

This is ironic, I recently drove down Candler and was surprised at how few vacant stores there were in the entire corridor. To read about Wayfields closing really is a shame. Not because the store was all that great, but because it creates a large open vacant space that will need to be filled and filled fast. I think I may have visited that store twice, and both times it was not the best experience. It always had a smell, and like the article says, its equipment was in need of repair. My father-in-law swore by it, and many older residents of that area shopped there on a regular basis. Wayfields leaving will leave a significant vacancy, and may hurt surrounding smaller businesses who relied on that spill over traffic from Wayfields. I hope the leasing company can find a viable business to fill that hole. Candler Road has its problems along with many detractors, but it is a central part of the South DeKalb community. I have been to suburban areas in DeKalb, and Gwinnett and seen entire strip malls empty. On Candler, you would be hard pressed to find a lot of vacant space. Candler Road caters to the people in the area with mom and pop services. It does not have big box retailers, and outside of the mall, never has as far as I can remember. The businesses in the area offer services to people who might not otherwise have access to them at a reasonable price. There is health care, dental care, cemeteries, insurance agents, a community newspaper, tax services, schools, churches, and a myriad of other services. If you drive Candler from Memorial to Panthersville you will see a thriving and bustling retail area that is far from death. Losing the Wayfields will sting the neighborhood a bit, but hopefully someone will come in and open another local grocery store that will give residents and alternative to the Publix, and Kroger nearby.

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