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What Should Be in Cartersville Plaza?

Once the place to be and shop in town, what would you like to see in Cartersville Plaza, the old Woolworth, then Belk shopping center?

Once one of the main shopping spots in Cartersville—first with Woolworth, then Belk—and the long-time home to prime-time, high-school cruising, Cartersville Plaza sits with more than one-third of its space empty.

Built in 1966 and renovated in 2003, Fred's, Rugged Wearhouse and Tuesday Morning now anchor the shopping center along North Dixie Avenue that holds a lot of memories.

More than 50,000 square feet of its approximate 134,000 square feet are available in retail spaces ranging from 950 to 11,250 square feet, according to Shaheen & Company on showcase.com.

Help us fill in the blank: What would you like to see in Cartersville Plaza? Could it support the level of retail activity it once had? What would it take to fill the empty spaces and turn it around? What should be there?

Rebecca February 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM
My parents both still tell stories of cruising the plaza. It was also a long time home to A&P for many years. My father worked there until they closed that store.
Samantha Stauring Centers February 14, 2012 at 05:48 PM
With a Paint Studio! We will be open very soon in the next month! So be looking for us! Paint Works Studio!!! Hoping it will become a Cartersville Hot Spot!
Tammy Michelle Brookshire February 14, 2012 at 05:49 PM
growing up our treat was to come from acworth to cartersville to the plaza and go to woolworth's while my parents shopped my brother and myself got the best hamburger plate from the restaurant inside woolworth's that you would ever eat. most of our christmas came from woolworth's cause they where the only ones that had the flavored lip balms such as dr pepper and my fancy free makeup perfume kits where you could make ur own. omgosh those where the days. loved woolworth's.
Barbara Summey February 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I would like to see a afford dress shop...
Sue Tandett February 14, 2012 at 06:18 PM
We need a bookstore in Cartersville... and Dunkin Donuts would be nice to have, too !
Samantha Stauring Centers February 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM
DEF need a Dunkin' Donuts!
Cynthia Jinks February 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I would love to see an arcade of some sort where teenagers can have a place to hang out, play video games or just dance without cruising or drinking at parties!
Wanda February 14, 2012 at 08:31 PM
ooooh, THE kAY'S kASTLE iCE cREAM sHOP!!!
Cathy Abernathy February 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I worked at Southern Shoe Store in the Plaza from 1973 until they closed in 1983 the 0laza was the place to be. I would like to see a store like Dunway Drugs was or a Woolworth's that has a Dining area oh such good Memories.. and an Aldi would also be great.....
Katherine M February 14, 2012 at 09:33 PM
While the facade was redone about 20 years ago, the interior and infrastructure of that center is not good. It's time to bulldoze it and replace it with a more modern facility.
Beachbum February 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Absolutely Katherine M. You can't go back. We need to move Cartersville into the future. Dunkin Donuts would be awesome place. Aldi might be a nice change. However, right across the street from Publix and Kroger might not be the best location. It is kind of a sad old shopping center. Definitely needs to be updated. Pretty blah.
Beachbum February 14, 2012 at 10:02 PM
What is Paint Works Studio?
Samantha Stauring Centers February 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM
An indoor ice cream place would be fantastic! Somewhere to sit inside & eat ice cream no matter what the weather.
Don February 15, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Aldi... absolutely!
courtney worsham February 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The plaza could use a bottom up renovation. And it would probably be full of shops if it looked tempting to customers. I've also heard all the rumors if how Bartow likes to run off some businesses. Hence, no Olive Garden. (Not that I would eat there anyway) I don't know. It seems this town could be more friend to businesses. I miss the Kays Kastle as well! Bubble gum ice cream.... Mmmmmm...
Brande Poulnot (Editor) February 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I remember Woolworth, Belk, Kay's (loved it when I was a kid), Santa's little house and cruising in high school, but I rarely go to the plaza now. Maybe something big could help draw people and other businesses, but what could that be and how do we get it?
AllAtwitter March 02, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Krispy Kreme. Old Navy. Dunkin Donuts. Bed, Bath and Beyond.
BartowDawg March 15, 2012 at 01:51 PM
It is a bad location and hard to get in and out of. It will continue to go downhill, just like Tennessee Street corridor has. Look at what has happened to Canton Highway between I-75 and Hwy 92 in Cobb. It used to be the "cool shopping Mecca", and now it is all thrift shops and Title Pawn places. Developers always are looking for the new, exciting locations, which will be LakePointe around here. I remember driving up to C-ville from Marietta in the 70's to cruise at The Plaza!
steve September 07, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I rememer the old otasco store it was one of the few places you could buy gocarts and guns at a reasonable price and i def remember woolworths it was the walmart of the 70's.
Shaheen Properties Leasing Dept November 08, 2012 at 08:43 PM
We here at Shaheen Properties also want to bring Cartersville Plaza back to its former prominence and appreciate all of your suggestions. We are happy to report that, since this article was written, there has been quite a few things going on at the shopping center. Tuesday Morning has expanded and is now in a larger, more visible store. Ladies Fitness has joined our shops and will be opening its new, 11,000+ s.f. modern facility after Thanksgiving. Samantha has opened her paint studio (specializing in painting classes and parties for children and adults); and we are talking with another, large national retail chain (must keep it a secret for now) about taking the last remaining large space at Cartersville Plaza. It is true that we cannot go back to the glory days of the past (the retail world, for once thing, has changed dramatically); but we can bring Cartersville Plaza into the present with good, solid stores that add to the community. We are doing just that; and we hope that you will return to Cartersville Plaza to see what we have to offer there.
Lou Cooper May 18, 2013 at 07:32 PM
I love Fred's. I go there several times a week.
Lou Cooper May 18, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I go to Fred's several times a week. It is very convenient for me. I miss Goody's!!!

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