Downtown Atlanta’s Walgreens project looks to be a model of historic preservation.
The beautiful Olympia Building, famous for its Coca Cola sign, has been empty for years. And after having had a portion removed during the 1990s, it bears little resemblance to its former self when it served as a bustling center of activity in Atlanta’s Five Points intersection (just look at the historical photos above).
The current building owner is committed to doing a full restoration of the structure an re-enclosing the portion lost in the 90s. And now we learn that Walgreens is planning to fill the space with a two-story, truly urban store. It will sell the store’s usual goods, along with beer and wine and dry groceries.
Having a new place to shop for necessities will be great for downtowners like my family. Doing so in a beautifully restored building is more than I could’ve hoped for, particularly in a city not known for its preservation efforts.