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New NTB store coming to Snellville

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

SNELLVILLE -- City council members voted Monday to approve a conditional-use permit that will allow construction of a new National Tire and Battery store in Snellville. The nearly 7,000 square-foot store will be located at the corner of Ga. Highway 124 and Janmar Road, on a parcel of land currently being used as the Lowe's parking lot.

NTB is the most recent major retailer to put down roots in Snellville; just a few months ago, Academy Sports got the go-ahead from city leaders to begin construction of its new store in the city. Both NTB representatives and Snellville residents expressed encouragement and excitement about another retailer bringing jobs and revenue to Snellville.

Construction should begin in August, with a target of a December store opening.

City leaders, residents embrace Towne Center Visioning

In a unified display of support during Monday's City Council meeting, several of Snellville's leading residents and volunteers presented mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and council members with a signed and framed Towne Center Visioning Declaration Board. The gesture demonstrated the city's widespread support of Snellville's latest step toward becoming a progressive, unified municipality with a thriving town center.

Clay Hunter, principal of South Gwinnett High School, was one of the presenters Monday.

"Our school will begin its entrepreneurship program this fall," said Hunter, adding that many SGHS students will leave Snellville to go to college, then return to the city as entrepreneurs, providing economic growth and jobs.

Gretchen Schulz, chair of the city's Farmers Market committee, and husband Kurt (a former councilman) addressed the council also, voicing their support of the city's Towne Center plan.

For more information about Snellville's Towne Center Vision and Master Plan, visit www.snellville.org.