This Is Bad News, People
I just learned that the Jittery Joe’s Roaster and Tasting Room downtown is going to have to relocate because a Wal-Mart and other chain stores want to build on that land. This is the best smelling and tasting place in the city to study or grab a cup of coffee! Also.. it’s beautiful and old and awesome… my 3 favorite adjectives. Also… a great place to take photos! The coffee! The graffiti! The coffee! The wooden floors! The coffee!
From Jittery Joe’s Facebook: Unfortunately, the rumors are true… The Jittery Joe’s Roaster and Tasting Room will be leaving its current downtown location early next year. We are saddened by the decision our community leaders have made to remove, rather than restore and preserve the character and potential green space of that area in favor of yet another Wal-Mart and other chains. Downtown Athens is a rich, vibrant, charming area of our county and we want to keep it as such. While we agree that revitalizing and growing to meet the needs of the area is important, to sacrifice small businesses in favor of more apartments and chain stores is the wrong move.
We encourage you to contact your commissioners and voice your opinion! As always, thank you for your support!
Looks like the owner of the land decided to sell to a developer. Anyone know what we could do to help stop this from happening?
EDIT: Sign the petition here! (Thanks Kgarv)
We are not against development of the Armstrong-Dobbs tract. In fact, we celebrate development for the opportunities it might bring our community to grow.
However, we are against the placement of a 90,000 sq. ft. Wal-Mart within the Armstrong-Dobbs development as an “anchor store.”
Please sign this petition to voice your support for an alternative vision of Athens’ future. We protect our small businesses. We love our unique culture. We are People for a Better Athens.