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Biz bits: Resurgence Veterinary Mobility opens, DeKalb passes regulations on discount retail stores

Resurgence Veterinary Mobility has opened on East Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur. Photo courtesy of Resurgence Veterinary Mobility.

Decatur, GA — Here’s a look at business news in our community.

– Resurgence Veterinary Mobility has opened at 2947 East Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur. 

RVM is a veterinary mobility clinic offering acupuncture, pain management, sports medicine, and physical rehabilitation therapy for the Atlanta area dogs and cats, according to a press release.

The clinic offers online scheduling through its patient portal, as well as an interface for reviewing and tracking a pet’s home exercise plan. Each treatment plan is evidence based and tailored to a pet’s individual needs.

Dr. Cara McNamee and her team are dedicated to enhancing pets’ quality of life by decreasing pain and improving mobility. RVM is the first veterinary clinic of its kind inside the perimeter, and the team is excited to be able to provide this needed service to the pets of their community. For more information, go to their website, rvmga.com or give them a call at (770) 884-2227.

— DeKalb County passed text amendments to the zoning ordinance to manage the growth of small box discount retail stores. 

The new amendments set distance requirements and best practices to deter adverse effects of documented proliferation of small box discount retail stores in south and unincorporated DeKalb County.

Here is the full press release:

DECATUR, Ga. – On Dec. 20, 2022, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed comprehensive text amendments to the DeKalb Zoning Ordinance to set distance requirements with the intent to diminish crime and mitigate negative outcomes linked to small box discount retail stores (SBDRS) within DeKalb communities.

The legislation was authored and introduced by Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson in February 2019 out of concern for concentrated growth of SBDRS within targeted census tracts in DeKalb County. Later that December, a moratorium was enacted that halted the issuance of new business licenses to small box discount retail stores.

The text amendments come following almost three years of discussions and research spurred by the moratorium requested by Commissioner Cochran-Johnson.

“My research combined with watching the rapid growth of small box stores in our communities caused me to explore best practices to ensure they will not be a detriment to our neighborhood,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson. “My research showed heavy concentrations of SBDRS in South and Unincorporated DeKalb, with two stores located in District 1; three stores in District 2; 25 stores in District 3; 21 stores in District 4; and 13 stores in District 5. The data showed 67 percent of all boxed stores in DeKalb County were in my district–Super District 7. Additionally, there was a direct correlation between small box retail stores, food deserts, health disparities, and crime.”

Following the initial findings of Commissioner Cochran-Johnson, Georgia State University was retained t investigate SBDRS and their association with crime, food availability and pricing, security and safety features, and nearby property values. To view the complete report, click here.

Following the collection of statistical data from several federal and local agencies, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, DeKalb County Police Department, and the DeKalb County Tax Assessor, the research found:

– SBDRS tend to be located in or near food deserts when compared to pharmacies, such was not the case.

– Data showed the presence of SBDRS negatively impact median home values within a census block, while grocery stores often show a positive effect.

– SBDRS are less likely to have safety or security features, unappealing exterior aesthetics, interior disorderliness and lean staffing, and agency-provided data evidenced increased crime within 100 feet of SBDRS.

– The data indicated the number of SBDRS in a given census tract is significantly correlated with the number of violent crimes, property crimes, public order crimes, and total crimes. Furthermore, data showed that the negative impacts of SBDRS, particularly on crime, are similar to those of convenience stores. Of the retailers considered, SBDRS and convenience stores exhibit the greatest impact on crime outcomes in a census tract.

Based on the study’s findings, it was recommended that DeKalb County treat SBDRs and convenience stores similarly, and to subject them to similar zoning regulations to eliminate or reduce negative effects. Consequently, research supported establishing distance requirements among and between SBDRS and convenience stores as a means of reducing negative social outcomes within DeKalb communities.

“I am proud to see DeKalb County on the forefront of developing legislation that creates the best outcome for our communities,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson. “Many thanks to The Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for working with me early-on during my research. I’d also like to commend Dollar General for coming to the table to discuss solutions to the challenges within the communities where they exist. SBDRS provide an opportunity to be a partner in progressive solutions and I am proud to see the incorporation of produce into their business model, to meet the needs of the communities they serve. I look forward to seeing the incorporation of produce and frozen vegetables in DeKalb County SBDRS.”

To view the text amendments by DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability to the Zoning Ordinance and all other sections therein, click here.

For media coverage or to schedule an interview with Commissioner Cochran-Johnson, Email
[email protected] or 470-547-2696.

— Wild Heaven Beer has announced new flavors and redesigned its packaging for emergency drinking beer seasonal calendar. 

Here is the full press release:

ATLANTA (January 25, 2023) – For 2023, Wild Heaven Beer announces new flavors and a packaging redesign for flagship Emergency Drinking Beer’s fruit-flavored variants. Emergency Drinking Beer’s first offshoot, made with fresh squeezed watermelon juice, had a sensational debut during the summer of 2016 and has appeared each summer since to the delight of its many fans. The “EDB Seasonal” calendar was later filled in with a winter Citrus blend, a spring Tropical blend, and an autumn Peach blend, with each can featuring a colored gradient design representing the fruit blend found inside.

This year the EDB Seasonal calendar includes the debut of Black Cherry (January), the return of Tropical (April) and Watermelon (June), and the debut of Ruby Red Grapefruit (September) with new can designs emphasizing the iconic yellow EDB can accentuated with colorful fruit illustrations. The new Bart Sasso design, riffing on the original Alvin Diec can, represents a new era for these innovative line extensions.

Each EDB seasonal blend uses fresh juices and purees and no flavor extracts or artificial flavors. Building off the light, crisp Emergency Drinking Beer base, these super-refreshing beers are neither overly sweet nor sour.

Emergency Drinking Beer seasonals and all other Wild Heaven beers, including Sunburst IPA, ATL Easy IPA, WhiteBlackbird Saison, and Euro-Style Pilsner, are available from Georgia Crown Distributing (Georgia), Alabama Crown Distributing (Alabama), Best Brands (Tennessee), and Bear Island (South Carolina).

– Ann’s Snack Bar, a well-known burger joint in Kirkwood, has closed its doors.

Ann’s Snack Bar, home of the “World’s Famous Ghetto Burger,” is for sale. The restaurant, located at 1615 Memorial Drive, opened in the 1960s and closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ann’s Snack Bar didn’t reopen and as of November 2022, the property was listed for sale, according to Urbanize Atlanta.

WSB-TV reported the property owners were hoping to sell for $650,000. Bull Realty is marketing the 0.46-acre lot for $995,000.

To read the full story from Urbanize, click here.

– Batteries Plus opened a new location in Tucker on Jan. 30 at 4650 Hugh Howell Road, suite 620. 

The company provides communities with batteries for various machines, such as ATV, motorcycle, RV, cars and golf carts. Batteries Plus supplies batteries, light bulbs and addresses phone repair needs.

The new Tucker location is operated by Patrick Schmalz, the director of operations for Irish Plus, LLC., a franchisee of Batteries Plus.

To read the full story from Franchising.com, click here.

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