William Baker, senior general manager of Perimeter Mall, spoke Oct. 9 at the Rotary Club of Dunwoody.
Baker discussed the impact of the COVID pandemic on businesses and how working remotely has affected operations. The truest evidence of the downturn is the lack of traffic at restaurants, he said, but he also described how the industry is reinventing business.
He said Dunwoody is a diverse community.
There are two new businesses opening soon, but there will also be closures in January and February, he said. In addition, the Lazy Dog Café is opening at the corner of Ashford-Dunwoody and Perimeter Center West. Two other planned ventures under construction are now paused.
He advised the best and safest parking is in the decks.
Baker spent time describing the impact Dunwoody Police had on preventing unrest at the mall in May. The use of Dunwoody police cruisers to block all entrances to the mall was the key to the safety of the shopping center. The blockades were also set up for 10 days at other properties around the mall.
Baker also praised Police Chief Billy Grogan, a member of the Rotary Club, who has worked to foster police relationships with local business leaders.