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Visions for Vacancies: South Cobb Drive Dairy Queen

What would you like to see in the vacant 4,170-square-foot restaurant space?

Visions for Vacancies is Smyrna-Vinings Patch's weekly feature that looks at a vacant building and asks readers what they'd like to see there. This is your chance to dream big. If it were up to you, what would you open there?

This week Visions for Vacancies takes a look at the vacant building at 2596 South Cobb Drive that was formerly a Dairy Queen. This 4,170-square-foot building was built in 1969 and is still restaurant equipped from its days serving Blizzards and Sundaes.

The building is listed at $479,000 and is in the same shopping center as the new home of Adventure Outdoors. An added bonus, the building is located within the meaning that business owners within the zone who hire two full-time employees receive a tax credit worth $3,500 per job.

So what would you like to see in the old Dairy Queen building? Tell us in the comments.

Amy May 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
maybe some sort of ice cream place... haha authentic Chinese with dim sum on the weekends
Sydney Busby (Editor) May 11, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Here are some suggestions from Facebook friends: Jamba Juice, Panera Bread and Starbucks.
Inside-Out May 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Martin's.
Maria May 12, 2012 at 01:09 AM
A bulldozer. There are so many old run down buildings no high end business is going to move in so we are just going to end up with more of same old stuff that doesn't last
Woody J May 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM
OK then - Martins. I was thinking of a mini Varsity.
Duncan May 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
A holding cell for the thugs and punks who've began populating S. Cobb.....
Tricia May 12, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I agree with Maria. Bulldoze all the old run down buildings there. Parts of South Cobb Drive are an embarrassment.
Rusty May 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Use it for Fire Dept training.
Erik Fernald May 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I met with the real estate agent last Thursday, they may have an offer on the table. They are looking at around $3500-$4000 month if they rent it. This used to be the number 1 Dairy Queen in the US in sales.
Francie May 13, 2012 at 04:43 PM
The entire South Cobb Drive is so unsightly - it's embarrassing to our City that has such a lovely downtown........needs to be bulldozed.....all of it. THANKS
Smyrna Res May 13, 2012 at 06:00 PM
A holding cell gets my vote. Thugs, punks, and illegal immigrants that can't speak english
Lynn Woodall May 14, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Agree! Martin's!!
30082 May 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I think Smyrna has too many strip malls and many are (mostly) vacant. Consolidation is needed. We need something to bring in tax$ and empty strip malls aren't helping. The area needs a beautification plan. Property owners should be required to improve their property or get out. I wish this city was a bit more strict on owners that have property with less than 20% occupied. Also, how is it vacant propery has grass levels over my head?
30082 May 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Hi Duncan- I can understand your frustrations but let's maintain a positive outlook on things. As Smyrna continues to try and bring in new business, the only way we can attract what is needed for our community is if we try and work together to improve. There are many positives in Smyrna and opportunity for development and growth. A unified plan and pressure on businesses to follow a plan would be required in order to improve. That plan is what needs to be created and it needs to be clear to businesses. If not followed, then there should be negative impacts. I feel if the city is willing to guide and provide incentives to improve, I think we could see some real changes. The problem I see is that the city is so fragmented. If you could help me better understand why, that would be great. Do you have anything to offer the city that could potentially help improve our area or are you too busy keeping your negative view on how things are going? Thank you if you are volunteering and working with others to show that Smyrna is and will continue to be a great place to live.
Mike - Smyrna May 14, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The City of Smyrna is not in the strip mall business. The City is not in the business to impose regulations on a businessperson and tell them how to run their business. The City is in business to provide basic services. The issue with the strip malls and vacant buildings is age and location, location, location – Demographics and traffic patterns have changed. The retail brick and mortar locations are becoming history. If you are aware of vacant property in the City of Smyrna that is overgrown with vegetation, contact the City Marshals via email and they will take care of the problem.
Lissa K. May 15, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Mike Smyrna - Good luck with getting the city to enforce codes. DG - Over half of the houses in Smyrna are rentals.
L. Davis May 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM
He posted this article. Local Voices John Morris.A Look at the Housing Market in 30080 Posted on May 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm I found these statistics through a link in his web site. Then made this post. 3:58 pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 For zip code 30080: Renter-Occupied (dwellings) 12,554 Owner-Occupied (dwellings) 11,104 Vacant 3,028 Source: Onboard Informatics Maybe MK is referring to that.
Michelle May 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Unfortunately, this statistic still does not provide an accurate understanding as to what represents the rental-occupied (dwellings). Given the high number of apartment communities in the Smyrna area, it would appear that they would possibly be the source that increases these numbers. It would be more interesting to see this statistic broken down into home rentals, condo rental and apartment rentals. Then one could arrive at a stronger understanding as to our housing trends and sources to the rental community.
L. Davis May 17, 2012 at 02:07 PM
http://www.realestate.com/local/market/GA/Smyrna/zip/30080/ Look at the pie chart. More houses are rented than owned in 30080 zip code.
L. Davis May 17, 2012 at 02:12 PM
http://www.realestate.com/local/market/GA/Smyrna/zip/30080/ Look at the pie chart. For zip code 30080 50.24% of property is Rented, 37.28% of property is Owned. What's so hard to understand.
L. Davis May 17, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Also a dwelling is a house. At least according to the dictionary. And from the info on that web site.
asdf May 27, 2012 at 01:12 AM
What ever goes in there the name of the business should be "The Old Dairy Queen". Might as well name it what every one else will be calling it.
Sydney Busby (Editor) May 27, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Like "The Old Piccadilly." :)

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