A well-known Bearden shop at the center of a street dispute is asking for patience.
Anthropologie hopes to set up shop in Bearden. It also wants to close Ben Atchley Street so a parking lot can be built, but Southern Market sits at the end of the street and wants it to stay open.
Southern Market says closing the street would hurt its business. In a statement released Wednesday, the shop asked for patience.
The owners and merchants of The Southern Market are very supportive of and want to be cooperative with the potentiality of Anthropologie's becoming a neighboring business. It is very difficult, however, to endorse a development concept that was not presented to neighboring businesses in the Bearden business community prior to its presentation at the meeting held by the Metropolitan Planning Commission on March 14, 2013. The proposal called for the closing of a street that has served the Homberg community and its customers since 1923. We ask those who have expressed concern that we are being uncooperative with the potential presence of Anthropologie in our business community to please be patient. Things are not always as they appear to be. The closing of a street is not a simple matter. As more facts are made available to the business community that is affected by the closure of the street, the affected community will be better able to respond in a reasonably prudent business manner. Again, we are asking for your patience. Thank you.
The planning commission has denied Anthropologie's request to shut down Ben Atchley Street. The developer plans to appeal.