‘Ruby’ for Walgreens is not a good swap

Walgreens wants to tear down Ruby Tuesday? That’s one of my favorite restaurants: Great food, nice restaurant, nice-looking building.

And they want to put up a building three times that size? They will have to borrow parking space from Rite Aid.

Why not put Walgreens in the old Kroger space, across the street? They would have a lot more parking spaces.

I suppose they want to get as close as possible to Rite Aid. I’ve got a idea: Walgreens and Rite Aid get together, and build one big box ... (excuse me) ... one large building, paint a white line along the half-way point, on the floor, and each can post “better bargain” signs all along the line. Would make it a lot easier to spy on each other, for competition purposes.

Why should I care? I just hate to see Ruby Tuesday torn down. Would be such a waste.

Hugh Buchanan

Peachtree City Ga.

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So send Mark Wagner something like this

Please don't just cut and paste and send. Be original, but at the same time - convey the central theme of what follows - Walgreens will fail here. OK?

Here it is

Dear Mark Wagner, CEO of Walgreens,

You will fail here and the excessive amount of money you are spending to buy an overpriced piece of land, demolish a well-loved Ruby Tuesday and then screw up the intersection by building too close to the roadway will keep customers away. It has got to be at least $2million by the time you are done and the cost – whether it be the direct cost to you or the cost through the lease with the funny developer who bought Buckhead Brewery without doing his due diligence – is way too much. It ain’t going to work.

More to the point, Peachtree City is completely built out. No new people coming in. I know the 9-year old demographics paint a different picture, but the fact is – no new people coming into our little city - certainly not within 5 miles of your planned abortion. So what that means is your customers have to be lured away from Rite-Aid and CVS. Since we are no longer an affluent city (again, ignore the old demographics) price of drugs certainly rules the market place. Walgreens always loses a price comparison with Rite Aid, although you fare better against CVS. But you lose big time when compared to Kroger ($10 for a 90-day supply) and that’s where we all go to buy our drugs. And my neighbors will drive by your horrible Walgreens on the corner to get to the Rite-Aid next door.

Go away Mark. We don’t really want you here.

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Here, here Hugh Buchanan!! Walgreens needs to be green and re-develop the empty Kroger across the road!!! Have PTC town planners gone insane to even think of allowing a building totally out of context with that small area next to RiteAid on 54 and Peachtree Parkway Come on good people of Peachtree, let's get together and lean on these corporate giants to stop unnecessary building and fill up the ones that we have vacant! We need everyone's voice, write to the CEO of Walgreens and let's get to these planning meetings, if we can, to voice our discent at this ridiculous overbuilding! How many Pharmacies do we need are we that sick in this United States of America?
Marcia Reno

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we ate at Ruby Tuesday on Sunday night

and it wasn't busy & the food was not good at all. We asked the waitress and she said that they have not been told if the will open somewhere else. I am glad that Walgreens will be coming to Peachtree City. Everytime I use to go to Rite Aid they wouldn't have what I needed in stock and they are overpriced.

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My wife and I have eaten

My wife and I have eaten there at least a half dozen times over the last 3 months and have never left disappointed. The food is always cooked to perfection and the staff is friendly as can be.. I have a hard time understanding why the place is not packed.

I would hate to see Ruby Tuesday torn down in favor of a Walgreens. Peachtree City lacks quality eating establishments and closing Ruby Tuesday would be a terrible loss.. Hopefully the city will put a clamp on Walgreen's design and that will push them to consider a more acceptable location.

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Walgreens-City's Hands AreTied

Please understand this......The city (planning, council, mayor, anyone) can do just about nothing to stop Walgreens. Nada, nyet, nothing. The Planning Commsssion is doing a wonderful job of conveying the distaste we all have for this location for them and for the 1970's beige stucco design that is so ugly and archaic. Not to mention the big glowing "W" that is going to stick out from the ugly glass tower over the corner entryway facing 54/PTC Pkwy.

And, to make matters worse, picture this storefront moved up toward the Pkwy. The front wall of the bldg. is going to be right up where the middle row of cars park now. That whole line of pkg. at Rubys (against the sidewalk) is gone, the whole middle row of pkg. will be gone and it's all store there. And, to add the final insult the pkg. is going to be so tight (admitted by the architect), it will be one way driving ONLY thru the whole lot. How many fender benders you think the PD will be called for here?

Picture a fat lady trying to cram herslef into a girdle 2 sizes too small. This is what it will look like. The city can request, beg, plead, and whine and that's about it. OUR (and I stress OUR, not the city staff, not the mayor or council, not any commission or authority) OUR only recourse is to complain to Walgreens directly. (see other posts here for e-mail, phone and addresses for corp. dummies) Threaten a boycott, threaten to bad mouth them.

Go to their stores in Fayetteville and Newnan and talk to the managers and let them know, too. Tell 'em to find us another location in PTC.

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It's the location Walgreens has chosen

that bothers most. Not the fact they are coming to town. We realize they are totally within their rights to buy out RT's and build there, but does it help PTC? Many of us say no.

Like any restaurant, most have good and bad days.

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Walgreens at Ruby Tuesdays

To let Walgreens know of your displeasure, write to Mark Wagner, Exec. V.P.,
200 Wilmot Rd. Deerfield, Ill. 60015. His phone # is 847-914-2500, ext. 3476. He oversees logistics, regional operations and facilities development division. Won't give out his e-mail.

He needs to hear from us that we won't be at all happy with what will create another empty storefront down the road, if he pursues this at this location. Tell him to look elsewhere in PTC, if he wants in here.

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email address

Try

mark.wagner@walgreens.com

Amazing what you can find on the internet with little to no effort.

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PTCBernie

my, my, aren't you just the little class smartie. Bet your mummy is so proud of you.

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Ruby Tuesday

While I don't think we need yet another drug store in PTC (who shops at drug stores anyway -- the prices are always so much higher than anywhere else), I wouldn't be sorry to see Ruby Tuesday go. My family hardly ever eats there, but when we have, the food has never been very good. The last time we were there, the food took forever to arrive, and my daughter's hamburger was not cooked sufficiently -- the inside was red, even though we ordered it well done. When we told the server that the hamburger wasn't cooked sufficiently, and just to take it off our bill, he acted like he was doing us a favor for not charging us for a hamburger she never ate. I would love to see an Olive Garden there -- I have never had a bad meal at an Olive Garden, no matter the location.

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Olive Garden..there is better so called Italian food at Kroger

in the freezer section.

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can't beat soup salad and breadsticks at olive garden

I love the soup, salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden. Can't beat the price and it is so tasty.

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Ruby Tuesday

While I don't think we need yet another drug store in PTC (who shops at drug stores anyway -- the prices are always so much higher than anywhere else), I wouldn't be sorry to see Ruby Tuesday go. My family hardly ever eats there, but when we have, the food has never been very good. The last time we were there, the food took forever to arrive, and my daughter's hamburger was not cooked sufficiently -- the inside was red, even though we ordered it well done. When we told the server that the hamburger wasn't cooked sufficiently, and just to take it off our bill, he acted like he was doing us a favor for not charging us for a hamburger she never ate. I would love to see an Olive Garden there -- I have never had a bad meal at an Olive Garden, no matter the location.

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sorry for the double post

Sorry that my comment was accidently posted twice above!

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Haddix: Ruby Tuesday

In 2007 and 2008 Ruby Tuesday said they wanted to relocate within PTC. No idea if they would want to remain where they are now but Walgreens grabbed the property back then.

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Ruby for Walgreens

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

A building that large would have a HUGE visual impact in that location. If I wanted to live someplace that looked like Riverdale, I would have moved to Riverdale!

Also, Ruby Tuesday is usually busy, why the move to close and replace it?

This is simply not a good fit for for PTC.

Just my $0.02 worth

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It is called money, thats why Ruby is bailing

Walgreens offered the Lutherans 3 million for that corner. It fell through because of the gumpy neighbors and the city. That would have been a more intelligent location. So when you are offering more than the property is worth you take it and run. Yes the person who said put it in the Baby Kroger across the street was correct. A super location and on the same intersection. But it would not be a free standing store which they like. You know being next to rite aid may create cheaper prices for the public. Not all is bad.

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Yes it is a waste. One will be out of business in a year

I hope it is Walgreens. Sure they could go in the baby Kroger space, but the developer wouldn't be able to make a huge profit from building a building and getting a 30 year lease on it - which I must point out will be paid in full whether they go out of business or not.

I'm kind of surprised there isn't some type of save Ruby Tuesday movement among the citizens. This can't be a done deal yet. If Walgreens sees no citizen support they might change their mind.

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Walgreens

Hey Mudcat can we start writing the get lost banners now!!!! I am all for a grass roots effort, they have to made to be green and fill empty buildings, I don't give a fig about their stand alone building policy.

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