Olde Town Morrow: What's in Store for these Stores?

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Olde Town Morrow GA – What’s in store for these stores?

This is Olde Town Morrow GA, a commerical real estate development that was new to Clayton County at about the same time that I arrived in Georgia. It's also a creative vision that includes historic property preservation, naturally appealing to a houseHistoric home at Olde Town Morrow-a-holic such as myself. I guess that's why I feel a special connection to the project that compels me to keep it in front of my readers. 

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When we first visited a new seafood restaurant housed at one of the now-empty structures, my husband and I enjoyed a welcoming atmosphere, flavorful meal, and friendly service. We appreciated the charming environment and vision of Olde Town, and hoped to come back with friends soon.

relocated historic home

Alas, the restaurant and most other businesses were gone before we could get back, and today the development is fully closed down. A project in limbo. 

Olde Town Morrow GA is a mixture of new commercial structures and relocated historic homes that were brought to the city of Morrow, from sites across the state in 2007 and 2008. The homes were renovated to serve as shops and restaurants, and new structures were designed to replicate the “Olde Town” persona of the development.

Olde Town Morrow houses

Olde Town Morrow’s shops are now shuttered, and it stands forlorn and half-developed. Why did this good idea go bad?  What’s in store for these stores?

shops at Olde Town Morrow GA

City officials said they shut down Olde Town Morrow GA so they could try to figure out a way to turn it into a success. They say that a myriad of problems brought the curtain down on the development. 

stores at Olde Town Morrow GA

But the City of Morrow announced that they will call for developers to submit their ideas on how to salvage the development. It is the first step, in a potentially long process, to — city officials hope — revive Olde Town as a public-private partnership.

City officials are optimistic that Olde Towne Morrow can be salvaged and turned into something that is profitable. The decision to seek proposals is the first public sign that a new direction may be on the horizon for the site.

Got any ideas for the re-development of Olde Town Morrow GA? The City of Morrow might want to hear them.

Comments (7)

Rob Lang
At Home Kansas - Shawnee, KS
Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home

What a shame to see all those buildings sitting empty.  I hope the efforts to revive Old Towne are successful.

Jun 28, 2012 10:34 AM
Oscar Knight

...I kept a very close eye on this place, from the very beginning. This was just a silly notion and show no profit whatsoever.

"Millions of taxpayers' dollars were spent to build "Olde Towne Morrow," but it also shows revenues totaled less than $10,000 over a 13-month period of operation"

Oscar Knight of Clayton County


Jun 29, 2012 07:45 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Lawrence, I hope so, too. It seemed like a nice idea when I first visited. Who knew the recession was coming. There are many shuttered retail shops in south metro Atlanta now.

Jul 05, 2012 05:40 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Oscar, this is so sad. A project of this scope should have been thoroughly vetted for profitability before the fisr dollar was spent on construction. I'm sure there is plenty of blame to go around on this one. But how can it be salvaged now? That's the question. It's still a great little development if someone can figure out how to make it work.

Jul 05, 2012 05:43 AM
Oscar Knight

....The City of Morrow is looking into a place for a College Town for Clayton State; This would be an ideal place.

"Making Clayton State : Student Friendly"



Sep 15, 2012 09:57 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Oscar - This is good information. I hope you are advocating for it. Thanks for sharing .

Sep 16, 2012 12:42 PM
Oscar Knight

...Maybe this will shed more light on this fire trap, and the reasons why it failed :


Sep 20, 2012 07:19 AM