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To the members of the Atlanta community and
The Atlanta Betterment Fund would like to thank
you very much for all the support and donations you've provided to
help put a new roof on the Atlanta Country Market grocery store, and
to address several of the crucial mechanical problems that need to
be fixed at the store. In just several, short weeks you have helped
do what many folks thought was impossible.
When the whole effort to help the grocery store in Atlanta began,
two primary goals were set:
physical structure of the store and make needed mechanical
repairs by forming the Atlanta Betterment Fund.
Increase sales at the store by adding
new services, restocking the shelves and encouraging people to
With your help the first goal has been met. Money has been raised
to carry out the priority repairs needed at the store, and those
repairs are now being made -- thanks to you! We are now ready to
intensely focus on the second goal. And of the two, it is the truly
crucial one. If people do not come inside and shop at the Atlanta
Country Market, it will not be a matter of if -- it will be a matter
of when -- it will go out of business and the doors closed. What a
shame it would be to shutter a building that has been so improved
and upgraded, after all the financial and manpower support it has
received. We are confident, however, that we can indeed increase
sales at the store. All we need is your help.
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Everyone associated with the Atlanta Betterment
Fund is open to hearing ideas and opinions of how to improve the
grocery store. Many good ones have already been listened to and are
in the process of being implemented. For example, the store will
soon begin a free grocery delivery service to Atlanta's surrounding
neighbors, including McLean, Waynesville and Lawndale. Customers of
the Atlanta Country Market can now drop off, and then pick up their
dry cleaning at the store, thanks to an arrangement with Custom
Family Cleaners and Laundry of Lincoln. It is now very likely that
credit and debit cards will soon be accepted at the store. And we
continue to work on making the store a drop-off and pickup point for
prescriptions. To give us your input and ideas, please complete a
grocery store survey that is being sent out to Atlanta residents via
an insert in the Olympia Review, and which is being mailed to McLean
residents. Waynesville residents can pick up a survey to complete
and return at the Waynesville Library, and residents of Lawndale
will find copies of the survey at their post office.
Over the past several weeks you have demonstrated that you support
the Atlanta Betterment Fund in its efforts to help local businesses
and services survive. Will you now join us in the next important
task we need to accomplish? Please step up to the plate and
demonstrate that you will change your grocery shopping habits by
increasing how often you shop at the store and by increasing how
much you purchase there.
Again, we thank you for all your support to date. And we ask you
for your continued prayers and help.
The Atlanta Betterment Fund board of directors
Billie Cheek, Dale Colaw, Susan Hoblit, Bill Martin, Bill Thomas
August 05, 2008]
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