Tucker Times - July 2019

Tucker Times Covering Tucker, Northlake, & Stone Mountain • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 7 • JULY 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! With the advent and appeal of greatly increased online shopping, retail malls nationwide are having tough times, and it’s sometimes surprising, even life-affirming, when necessity makes economic and literal markets get more creative in order to survive. That’s exactly what we’re seeing increasingly in the Metro, and North DeKalb Mall at 2050 Lawrenceville Highway is an excellent case in point. The huge complex has been a real estate landmark since it opened in 1965 in Decatur’s Shamrock community. Continued on page 4 For the second year in a row, the City of Tucker will be celebrating Amer- ica’s birthday in style with a patriotic bash on its iconic Main Street. The July 3 Celebration of Indepen- dence and Fireworks Spectacular is back after drawing an estimated 5,000 revel- ers last year. The 2019 edition will again feature live music and entertainment, but with expanded food options. “Last year’s Spectacular was a huge success, but we knew there were some areas where we could improve,” says Tucker’s City-Community Connector Sonja Szubski. “Specifically, our amaz- ing downtown restaurants were over- whelmed by the crowd last year. This time, we’re bringing in some of Metro Atlanta’s most popular food trucks to help accommodate all those hungry patriots. So, you can pack a picnic, dine in our restaurants or enjoy the food trucks; either way, there will be signifi- cantly less of a wait for food.” Music for this year’s Spectacular will be provided by local band 16Penny. The Buford-based group is billed as “a fun, party style dance rock band playing Tucker Celebrates the Fourth with Fireworks, Community Cookout Half-Empty Metro Malls: Perfect Places for Movie Sets Current anchors of declining N. DeKalb Mall include Marshall’s and AMC Theatre. Photo by Dean Hesse Continued on page 6