Two developers are looking to spruce up Exit 41 on U. S. Highway 29 in Coweta County with highly ambitious master plans. We recently had a rather lengthy discussion with the majority partner of the project, Milan Patel. He tells us it is his hope to strengthen the commerce of the area with the addition of several new businesses over the next five years along with beautification. Patel and his partner Cliff Sandlin have many acres to play with, twenty-six of them. Patel is looking at bringing a grocery store and a few sit-down restaurants, but first up is what he calls a “celebration store” Bottom’s Up. Patel says, “We want those who are celebrating important events such as a birthday, anniversary, or something else of significance to have an option close by for their memory making.”
Many residents have chimed in with their concerns about a liquor store being built here, but Patel and his partner both agree that it will only serve as an advantage to strengthen the retail development and allow for a beautification project that will look like what has been done around the Ashley Park area. We are eagerly awaiting word on what grocery store might land here as this area is quite the food desert. The closest grocery stores are either Ingles in Hogansville or Publix and Kroger off Lower Fayetteville Road. Keep watching The City Menus for more details about this development.