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Statement on Vine City Walmart Reopening

ATLANTA
—Mayor Andre Dickens issued the following statement on Walmart's announcement that it will reopen a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Vine City.

"Food and nutrition security for Atlanta families is a moral right for our communities. The intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive & Joseph E. Lowery Blvd is a nexus of multiple NW and SW Atlanta communities with seniors, children, students and thousands of individuals and households who already lack accessible options for fresh, affordable food.

"I and my team engaged Walmart directly to ensure this store would reopen. Thank you to Councilmember Byron Amos, my Chief of Staff Odie Donald II and everyone involved to ensure Vine City and the surrounding community have one added layer of food security they deserve while we continue to build a more resilient and sustainable Atlanta.

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"The City will continue our work with Walmart and community stakeholders on the appropriate use of the Howell Mill store site and job placement for the affected employees.

"We continue the City's goal of ensuring all residents have fresh, affordable food within a half mile of their homes."

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