Okay Athens-area people, this is important.
The land where Jittery Joe’s Roaster and Tasting Room is located is being sold to land developers who are going to build a Wal-Mart and other chain stores in its place.
This is terrible for a multitude of reasons. Clarke county is one of the poorest in the nation (relative to its size). Wal-Mart is not interested in the local economy of Clarke county, nor the residents who do not suffer from unemployment but rather low-income jobs. Getting rid of Jittery Joe’s Roaster and Tasting Room is a shortsighted decision. Part of the beauty of downtown is that most shops and businesses are unique to Athens and chain stores will draw attention away from those. I won’t even get into the numerous negative environmental impacts of putting a Wal-Mart in that space but please take time to sign this petition and call your commissioners!