Gwinnett residents move to keep massive QuikTrip off their street

8:31 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 Atlanta News
Norcross residents Marella and Dowlen Lloyd are among those concerned about a proposed QuikTrip gas station they believe threatens their modest-but-stable neighborhood right off of Jimmy Carter Boulevard. CHRIS JOYNER / CJOYNER@AJC.COM

Everybody likes QuikTrip — unless they want to put one in your front yard.

Norcross residents are crying foul over plans to site a massive new QuikTrip gas station on Jimmy Carter Boulevard at the entrance to their 300-home neighborhood.

The diverse, middle-income neighborhood of mostly ranch-style homes is a pocket of tranquility just off the bustling commuter corridor, and that’s how they like it.

“We are here in this street … Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, El Salvadoran, African American, white American, Romanian and Cuban,” said longtime resident Marella Lloyd. “The one thing we are 100 percent agreed on … we don’t need QuikTrip here.”

But a QuikTrip spokesman said the three-acre plot is the perfect spot for the nearly 6,000-square-foot store. County officials will have to sign off on the zoning change, however.

Read more about this local fight that is so very, very Atlanta right now. It’s in the weekly AJC Watchdog here.