FOREST PARK — A discount department store with locations scattered throughout the state will soon be coming to Forest Park.
A division of Henderson, N.C.-based Variety Wholesalers, Roses Store will occupy the Jonesboro Road space previously held by Marshall’s, a discounted clothing retailer.
The announcement was made Monday night at Forest Park City Council meeting by City Manager Frank Brandon as part of a discussion on business incentives. Planning, Zoning and Building Director Al Wiggins confirmed the arrival of the store.
According to Variety Wholesalers, there are 112 Roses throughout the southern region, including stores in Griffin and Macon. The corporation states that Roses is competitive with stores such as Kmart and Walmart.
The one coming to Forest Park will be on the smaller end of the Roses Store spectrum, according to Variety Wholesalers. The stores range from 30,000-square feet to 70,000 square feet and the one moving into Forest Park will be about 29,000 square feet, said Brandon.
Mayor Pro Tem Linda Lord took the opportunity to announce the increase in the number of businesses in Forest Park from last year to this year.
“In 2012, we had 785, this year, we have 817,” she said. “So we have 32 more than in 2012. Just remember, we need to support Forest Park businesses whenever we can.”
In other council actions, the board voted to approve naming the old library City of Forest Park Main Street Community Center. Parks and Recreation Director Elaine Corley said she has met with the public works director to discuss replacing the carpet and painting inside the old library.
Corley said the renovations to turn the library into a community center will cost about $25,000.
“That’s a lot cheaper than we can build a new one,” said Lord.
There will be a Veterans Day ceremony Monday at 11 a.m. at Forest Park City Hall. Guest speaker will be retired Army Col. Harriet Staten, who is also a Realtor and member of National Association of Black Military Women.
There was also discussion about replacing a worn out flag flying in front of City Hall and gathering the names of Forest Park residents killed in Vietnam.
Another resident asked about lagging garbage pick-up, telling the council that some weeks, Waste Management Inc. skips pick-up days. Lord said the company has changed the direction of some routes, which would change the time of pick-up.
“As far as I know, they haven’t skipped any days,” said Lord. “If they don’t come one day, they should come the next.”
Mayor David Lockhart questioned the suggestion that a truck breakdown might be behind the scheduling issues.
“It’s Waste Management and they only have one truck?” he said. “The contract expires next year so we will be looking at getting the best deal for our folks.”