Walgreens may replace Ruby Tuesday

Thu, 01/24/2008 - 4:28pm
By: John Munford

Rebuffed more than two years ago from its initial plan to build in Peachtree City, Walgreens is looking at relocating to another parcel at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 at Peachtree Parkway.

United Retail Development Company filed plans seeking to demolish the Ruby Tuesday restaurant and build a Walgreens drug store sometime in 2011 when certain deed restrictions on the site expire, City Planner David Rast confirmed Wednesday.

The last time Walgreens tried to come into the city, a rezoning proposal was denied that would have allowed the company to build on the site of the Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. No such city approval will be needed this time, as the Ruby Tuesday site is already zoned for commercial use; the city’s planning commission will have to approve the site plans.

The Rite Aid drugstore next door will have a competitor at its doorstep in 2011 if United Retail comes through with its plans.

It is far too early to tell whether the Walgreens would be open 24 hours a day, said Russell Rankenburg of United Retail.

Under the plan, the 4,365 sq. ft. restaurant would be replaced with a 14,550 sq. ft. Walgreens, with that area including storage space on the second floor, Rast said. The new building’s footprint would fit on the site with minimal disturbance, Rast said, noting that some planting areas adjacent to the building would need to be removed.

The access to the current Rite Aid would remain the same as it is currently, and the overall parking layout and circulation would remain the same as exists for Ruby Tuesday’s, Rast said.

The site is zoned for general commercial use and drug stores are allowed under that zoning category, Rast noted. The city has no restrictions on similar uses being located next to each other, he said.

A deed restriction currently on the property limits its use to being a restaurant, Rankenburg said, but that restriction expires in 2011.

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Submitted by timano on Sun, 04/13/2008 - 8:07pm.

Since being alerted to the fact that the restaurant where I work may not be there in a few years, I asked four different, increasingly-highly placed managers what the deal was.

Wishful thinking on Walgreens' part, I was told.

The Ruby Tuesday CORPORATION owns the land and will not be moving.

End of story.

Jeremy Steadman, employee since 2001

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 5:18am.

Very simple idea - if Ruby Tuesday is committed to the site long term. Here's what you do - extend the deed restriction another 10 years. You can do that yourself for about $40. Then the site has to be used for a restaurant for 10 years, so even if you want to sell or change the brand or format, you are good to go. But the best part is that you should publicize the extension of the deed restriction and you would be local heros and get more business and publicity than you would ever imagine.

Think about it - you would save the city from a drug store we don't need, keep an additional 10,000 square feet of retail space off that corner and save Rite Aid as well. This is a win-win. Let's see if Ruby Tuesday's management is capable of thinking this one through. Most cumbersome, top-heavy corporations could not do his since it makes too much sense.

Go get 'em, Jeremy!

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Sat, 01/26/2008 - 11:56am.

If Walgreens replaces Ruby Tuesday, who might it replace Wednesday?

(Who's on first. What's on second. Idontknow is on third. Today is catching. Tomorrow might be pitching. Maybe Ruby was supposed to pitch on Tuesday.)

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 11:28am.

First, obviously, someone is holding the bag on a failed "flip" on the Buckhead Brewery building, as United Retail currently has it for sale. This is where they wanted to put the Walgreens to begin with. It was just bad business. This venture made no sense then, and it makes ZERO sense now, with CVS on the adjacent corner.

Now they want to build right beside another existing drugstore here in PTC. They are NUTS. 54 West has parcels available that would seem to suit this store MUCH better than cluttering up the 54/Peachtree Parkway with another drug store.

Submitted by sageadvice on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 2:05pm.

That small drugstore by Ruby Tuesday won't be there by 2011! Way too small to make it. Convenience not too good anyway. Wait and see what Walgreens will want as to access!
Need a criminal imagination to keep up with these giants these days! (yes, I have one).

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Submitted by Hoosier Fan on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 7:50pm.

"Lowes may replace Braelinn K-Mart"

Submitted by sageadvice on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 2:07pm.

Sears hardly ever sells a small asset. That place would have to be ripped out to house a Lowes and it still would be too small!

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Submitted by CCB on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 11:38pm.

I agree with Not Again. The two drug stores next to each other won't be a good fit. I'm going to miss my twice a week visit to the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays. The people who live behind the chruch are going to find out things the hard way.

Bob Lenox turned down a grocery store project of a friend of mine because he thought it was too big. Later on he put a Wal-Mart and Home Depot in the same spot. Go figure.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 11:30am.

are much better than any national chain drug store operation. Just one Dawgs opinion.

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