The Gwinnett Prado shopping center is an aging eyesore off Pleasant Hill Road near Duluth.
Most of the storefronts — and entire buildings — are empty, windows covered with newspaper or anything else that was handy at the time. Grass sprouts through cracks in the sprawling parking lots. Broken shopping carts litter medians.
It's this — a Texas-shaped, 32-acre property in the shadow of Gwinnett Place Mall — that a group of developers have identified for a massive mixed-use project they hope could turn the tide for the entire area.
Read more about that project here — but in the meantime, check out the photos below, which show the Gwinnett Prado shopping center as it currently exists.
An aerial view of the 32-acre property.
The former Rio Bravo location fronting Pleasant Hill Road has been empty for more than a decade.
The Great Wall Supermarket caters to those seeking Asian products.
Empty storefronts, and entire buildings, abound.
A former Gymboree location has seen better days.
As has a former health food store.
A former Sports Authority location, now with covered windows.
A T-Mobile store is still doing business in the shopping center.
An Office Max store is holding a going-out-of-business sale.
Ironically, it appears a new restaurant has recently opened among the shopping center's mass vacancies.