Kristal Dixon
Feb 7, 2023 - Business

Residents weigh in on Microsoft's decision to halt project

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Atlanta's west side residents say they were surprised to learn that Microsoft will halt plans to build a new campus on 90 acres in the Grove Park community.

Driving the news: First reported last week by Bisnow, Microsoft says it made a decision to pause development on the land due to the current economic climate.

Kristal Dixon
Jan 27, 2023 - Business

Ponce Krispy Kreme design gets cool reception from some urbanists

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The rendering of the Krispy Kreme store that will be rebuilt on Ponce De Leon Avenue in Atlanta. Credit: Krispy Kreme

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal had Atlanta buzzing this week with news that he and Krispy Kreme will rebuild the popular doughnut shop on Ponce De Leon Avenue. But some say the store's design leaves much to be desired.

Driving the news: The company announced Tuesday that it will bring back the shop, nearly two years after a fire destroyed it.

Kristal Dixon
Jan 25, 2023 - Business

Vine City Walmart to reopen as Neighborhood Market


The Walmart on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Vine City has been closed since mid-December. Photo: Kristal Dixon/Axios.

Walmart will reopen one Atlanta store that's been crucial for providing residents with access to fresh food, but another location will be axed.

Driving the news: Walmart late Monday announced its Vine City store at 835 Martin Luther King Dr. Drive will reopen as one of its Neighborhood Market concepts, which are smaller stores that offer fresh food, a pharmacy, health and beauty products and household supplies.

Kristal Dixon
Jan 23, 2023 - News

Vine City Walmart's potential closure could recreate food desert


The Walmart on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Vine City has been closed since mid-December. Credit: Kristal Dixon/Axios.

It's been nearly a month since Walmart temporarily closed two of its stores in Atlanta, one of which serves as a key access point for residents who otherwise would have to travel miles for fresh produce.

  • Though Facebook pages for the stores list them as temporarily closed, Walmart has given no indication of when — or if — they might reopen.

Fatal shooting at "Cop City" opens new chapter in movement

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DeKalb and Atlanta SWAT members participating in a "clearing operation" at the site of Atlanta's proposed public safety training center leave from the Gresham Park command post. Photo: John Spink/AJC

A yearlong standoff between law enforcement and activists protesting Atlanta's public safety training center boiled over into a fatal clash Wednesday, leaving residents, city officials and activists to ask what's next.

Emma Hurt
Jan 18, 2023 - News

Gov. Brian Kemp pitches Georgia at Davos

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Gov. Brian Kemp (third from the left) wears cowboy boots to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP

Gov. Brian Kemp appeared Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland alongside other American officials, including Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Az.) and fellow Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-Ill.).

Why it matters: Kemp's participation indicates how his own prominence has risen in four years. (The panel's Norwegian moderator Børge Brende introduced him with: "We know you well. We've seen you a lot on TV all over the world.")

  • It's also an indicator of his push to land even more international economic development projects in Georgia.

What he's saying: Kemp made a direct appeal to companies in the audience as other panelists discussed the recent Speaker election saga on Capitol Hill: "If there's gridlock in Washington, D.C., one thing you can count on is stability and a great economy, a great business environment in the state of Georgia. We're going to keep rocking and rolling."

Yes, and: Earlier in the day, Kemp told state lawmakers that he was going to Davos because it's "a great opportunity for me to be out here to share Georgia's success story with people from around the world. Because I believe they can certainly learn a thing or two from us."

  • "I'm very proud of my conservative values. I'm also not afraid to stand up and share them and how good they are and what our state's been doing with others around the country or others around the world — even when I may be surrounded by a few people that disagree with us," he added.
  • "Bring home some more jobs," Rep. Matt Hatchett (R-Dublin) told Kemp via video call.

Of note: Kemp did maintain his standard aesthetic in Davos — as the sole panelist wearing cowboy boots.

Kristal Dixon
Nov 30, 2022 - Business

Atlanta wants more landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers

Illustration of a dollar sign made out of house keys.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The city of Atlanta has taken another step to make housing opportunities more equitable across the board, but concerns have been raised about the enforceability of the new measure.

Driving the news: City Council members last week passed a non-binding resolution that calls on developers who receive financial incentives from agencies to accept qualified people participating in the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly known as Section 8 vouchers.

This could be the last Halloween for Costumes Etc.

Photos courtesy of Costumes Etc.

This could be the last Halloween for Costumes Etc., the beloved Cheshire Bridge shop where countless Atlantans have donned wigs, fine-tuned Dragon Con costumes and bought the perfect Halloween eyepatch.

What’s happening: Jane Powell, the co-owner of the 17,000-square-foot emporium, tells Axios she and her brother Jimmy Gough are retiring after roughly three decades.


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