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QuikTrip coming to Suwanee Gateway

SUWANEE — City council members voted to rezone the 4-acre parcel of land at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Satellite Boulevard on Tuesday evening, paving the way for a QuikTrip.

The land at 3359 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road had been designated for parks and greenspace use in the city’s Future Land Use Plan, but it is surrounded by commercial development.

The rezoning had been tabled for the past 3 months, giving the developer time to work with city staff to preserve several very old trees.

Michael Sullivan, the attorney representing sellers Kathleen and Eugene Walls, said this QuikTrip will be the “first Generation 3 QuikTrip east of the Mississippi.” These flagship stores feature a “whole new look outside and fresh, new foods inside,” Sullivan said. The stores will offer customers new items such as salads and soft-serve ice cream, and a barista will prepare coffee drinks for patrons.

Opponents to the rezoning cited traffic congestion and a glut of gas stations in their opposition. Resident Tom McConnell said the city spent about $100,000 on developing the Land Use Plan, plus hours of effort on the part of city staff and volunteers.

“This is the first challenge to that plan,” said McConnell. “And this is the last stand of oak trees on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.”

City leaders denied Eugene Walls’ special-use permit application to build a car wash on the same parcel of land. Planning Director Josh Campbell said his department recommended denial of the permit because the location would not be appropriate for a car wash, as the QuikTrip development will serve as a sort of dividing line between the heavily commercial end of Lawrenceville-Suwanee and the less-developed portion of the road.

Movie theater/tavern

The old Publix supermarket, empty since 2008, has been rezoned to accommodate a movie theater and tavern. Movie Tavern operates 14 such theater/tavern combinations nationwide. The Suwanee location will feature eight to 10 movie screens, a varied menu and beer, wine and liquor drink sales.

Collins Hill recognized

Mayor Dave Willimas proclaimed today “Collins Hill High School Ladies’ Softball Day” in Suwanee. The honor came in recognition of the team winning back-to-back state championships.