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Bits & Bites [Atlanta Commercial Real Estate News]

Barkers Red Hots plans to close on Windy Hill Road in Marietta on Friday June 23rd. Glenn Robins and his wife Vivian started Barkers as a downtown Atlanta, Georgia pushcart in 1984. Barkers Red Hots closed in 1995 and remained closed until Glenn and Vivian reopened their beloved operation in 2007 as a quick service restaurant on Windy Hill Road in Marietta. Since reopening, Barkers Red Hots has racked up a slew of awards, including “Atlanta’s Best Hot Dog.”  The pair added a second location on W. Crossville Road in Roswell in 2011, but it closed in late 2014.   One might have thought the halo affect of the nearby SunTrust Park might have helped the Windy Hill operation, but alas, that seems not to have been the case.


A new Krispy Kreme is planned for the site of a former Conoco gas station at 9420 Highway 92 in Woodstock. The North Carolina based eatery is planning a new 2,827 square foot freestanding restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating on the roughly one acre parcel.

Dr. Mary Millkey plans to open Millkey Way Pediatric Dentistry later this year at West Paces Ferry shopping center in Buckhead.  The dental practice replaces children's boutique Gretchen's, which closed last year after 64 years in business.  Dr. Millkey currently practices at Legacy Pediatric Dentistry in Kennesaw.

Tokyo Grill and Wingstop at Toco Hills were both destroyed in a fire last Friday afternoon.  The two restaurants share a building on North Druid Hills Road that local sources say was many years ago a McDonald's restaurant.  The cause of the fire has not yet been announced, nor has any news on when or if the restaurants will rebuild.  A June 2014 fire destroyed the LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant across the street from last week's fire.  The LongHorn was abandoned and later demolished, waiting for over two years before it was rebuilt, finally reopening last August.  

Mark your calendars for November 20th. "With critical milestones achieved at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and overall construction on track for its opening on August 26th, the process of decommissioning the Georgia Dome has been restarted. The date for implosion of the Dome has been set for Monday, Nov. 20 at 7.30 a.m. The major work of stripping and preparing the Georgia Dome for implosion will begin in earnest over the next two weeks. The Atlanta Falcons will host the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 26 as the first major event in the new stadium.   As announced in late April, the site of the Georgia Dome will become a green space known as The Home Depot Backyard. It will serve as parking and tailgating areas on game days for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United of MLS. The 13-acre site will be activated as a community space on non-game days throughout the year once complete.   “Significant progress on Mercedes-Benz Stadium is achieved every day and we’ve hit a few exciting milestones on the roof over the last week,” said Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of AMB Group, LLC. “With strong confidence, we’ve asked the contractors to move forward getting the Georgia Dome ready for implosion on Nov. 20.”"

Cafe Bello, a new kosher restaurant, recently opened on Chamblee Dunwoody Road, just off Peachtree Boulevard. The restaurant, which is basically across the street from Chamblee High School, features a menu of popular Israeli dishes such as falafel, hummus, salmon and shakshouka, a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin.

Delightful Donuts has opened a second location.  The new location is at 1540 Old Alabama Road, in a small strip center, not far from the Connexion shopping center in Roswell.  The first Delightful Donuts is located on Georgia Highway 9 in Milton.

Atlanta based Piedmont Healthcare (dba Piedmont Medical Care Corporation) is taking over a large portion of the former CB2 furniture space in Midtown.  CB2, the sibling brand of Crate & Barrel, closed the store in late 2015, citing "high rent." Several permit applications were filed with City of Atlanta last week to begin converting 8,217 square feet of mezzanine level space at 1080 Peachtree Street NE, into the Piedmont Healthcare primary care facility. The new primary care office with onsite lab will have extended hours and is slated to open in early 2018. According to permits filed by CB2 in 2009 ahead of their 2010 opening, the space is 13,819 square feet in total.  The fact that Piedmont seems to be taking most, but not all, of the space, seems to suggest that the long running rumor that Chipotle Mexican Grill is planning to come to the project could be true.  Piedmont's CB2 conversion is the latest in a trend of restaurant/retail conversions to medical use.   In April, ToNeTo Atlanta was first to report that Harken Health had leased the former Gatsby's Social Club in Mitown Promenade for a new healthcare office and while Emory Healthcare transformed the abandoned former Justin's restaurant in south Buckhead into a primary care office earlier this year. 

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead has quietly named Stephen Toevs the Executive Chef at the hotel and its upcoming Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, Trade RootStephen Toevs is a veteran of Marriott International, and according to his LinkedIn, was most recently Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton Aruba.  Trade Root is expected to debut later this fall while the hotel is expected to be re-flagged later this summer. 

Taqueria del Sol’s new location in Chamblee’s Peachtree Station opens for lunch service today! The restaurant is located within the soon to be Whole Foods anchored center on Peachtree Boulevard at Johnson Ferry Road.  The Chamblee location will be open for lunch only today through Saturday, June 17. After June 17, the restaurant will be open for regular lunch and dinner service.  The Chamblee location will operate for lunch Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. Dinner will be served Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 until 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday dinner service will run from 5:30 until 10:00 p.m. The location will be closed all day Sunday and Monday for dinner service.  The Chamblee location is the chain's fifth in Georgia joining existing locations on the Westside, Decatur, Cheshire Bridge Road and Athens.  Another Taqueria del Sol is planned for Memorial Drive's Larkin on Memorial project in early 2018.   

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern plans to open their second location at TOWN Brookhaven July 10th. Hobnob's original location is in Midtown where owner Sean Yeremyan  renovated a former Caribou Coffee at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive.  Hobnob's Brookhaven location opens in place of Smash Kitchen & Bar, which closed in 2015 as part of the Here to Serve restaurant collapse.  The space was originally occupied by Stir Crazy, a short-lived Atlanta location of the national Asian chain.

Broadway Cafe, a popular kosher restaurant in Toco Hills, has been sold.  Broadway is the second kosher restaurant to change hands in recent months following the sale of Fuego Mundo, in Sandy Springs, earlier this year. After closing on the restaurant, business partners Christina Laurie and Julie Meni closed Broadway Cafe in order to complete "extensive renovations."  Sources say the duo plan to tweak the menu and its offerings as well as updating the kitchen and dining areas.  There is no official word on when the restaurant will reopen or if a name change is coming.   Steve Josovitz of The Shumacher Group, Inc represented the sellers in both the Broadway Cafe and Fuego Mundo restaurant sales. 

Metro Atlanta's newest Zoës Kitchen opened yesterday at the new Parkside West Cobb shopping center on Dallas Highway adjacent to the Avenue West Cobb in Marietta.  In the past few months, Zoës Kitchen had added three new locations to metro Atlanta including eateries in Decatur at Decatur Crossing, Kennesaw at Kennesaw Marketplace and Chamblee at Peachtree Station.  Another new Zoës Kitchen is planned for The Plaza at City Springs in Sandy Springs. 

BlueTop, a new "American fast casual" restaurant first proposed in 2015, is targeting an August 1 opening in historic downtown Chamblee.  The restaurant, located between Union Hill Kitchen and Southbound on Peachtree Road, is being opened by Atlanta native and former Portofino Executive Chef Matt Marcus and his business partner Andy Lasky.  According to a variance filed by Lasky with the City of Chamblee in 2015, the 1930s era building was only 800 square feet but was enlarged by the addition of a 1,343 square foot covered patio space for the restaurant.  The variance goes on to describe the concept as a "casual counter service restaurant that will promote a vibrant atmosphere."  BlueTop will be open for lunch and dinner and will seek to attract Chamblee's growing number of families and young professionals.  The BlueTop restaurant building was originally home to the BlueTop Taxi Cab company which is where the restaurant gets its name.  

Gymboree, the San Francisco-based children's apparel retailer, announced plans earlier this week to shutter between 375-450 stores in wake of their Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.   The company started in 1976 and has gone through a number of changes in ownership/management over the years, most recently being purchased by private equity firm Bain Capital in 2010 in a deal valued at $1.8 billion.  Last July, Gymboree agreed to sell its Play & Music educational entertainment division to Singapore-based investment group Zeavion Holding for $127.5 million.  The Play & Music unit, with franchised metro locations at Toco Hills, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta and Lawrenceville, is not part of the bankruptcy filing and is not slated to see any closures. Gymboree has 1,281 locations, including 582 Gymboree stores, 172 Gymboree Outlet stores, 149 Janie and Jack shops and 378 Crazy 8 stores as of April 29.  In metro Atlanta, Gymboree has retail stores at Lenox Square, Perimeter Mall, The Forum, Cumberland Mall, Gwinnett Place Mall, Avenue East Cobb, Avalon, The Shoppes at Webb Gin and Town Center at Cobb.  The company also operates a Gymboree Outlet at Sugarloaf Mills.  Gymboree also operates Janie & Jack boutiques in Phipps Plaza and Avalon.  There is no word yet on where or when store closures will occur.  

Intown resident Jason Waller has launched an indiegogo campaign to open Dad's Coffee Bar. The Medlock Park resident had his eye on a space that reportedly recently went to another tenant.  Waller is actively looking elsewhere in/around Medlock Park with hopes of the serving the "greater Decatur area."  About a week into the fundraising effort, Dad's has raised just over $1,000 of the overall $25,000 goal.  

From the Indiegogo page:

"My name is Jason C Waller. As of today I am a 38-year-old dogwalker/musician/booking agent/band leader/ Father of 3/ Husband of one/songwriter/amateur Bird Watcher/ wood carver/ hammock maker, just to name a few of the things I do.  Late last year I decided to get proactive about my depression. I started talking about it. I began shooting a video series called DAD Presents. These videos paired conversations with songs and featured local songwriters in the Decatur Area all focused on breaking the stigma attached to mental illness. I looked into Nuci’s Space, which is an Athens-based coffee shop that also rents out band equipment and connects local musicians to the health care that they need. There are summer camps and fundraisers all in the name of Mental Health. I looked for something like that in Atlanta. I couldn’t really find what I was looking for so I decided to create my own.  

This is what I am looking build:  A successful coffee bar/music venue in Medlock Plaza. I plan to book acoustic bands Thur-Sat evenings.  I want to continue the DAD Presents videos and release them on regular intervals. I also plan on reaching out to local radio stations to produce and stream regular interview/performances from regional artists.  When The Back Room of Dad’s Coffee Bar isn’t hosting performances, it can be used by the community for daytime activities and events that support the DAD mission to promote community development and mental wellness.  I’m thinking yoga, meditation, family movie nights, support groups,  and community meetings, and more."

d'Vine Wine Bar & Shop abruptly closed at The Shops of Dunwoody near Dunwoody Village Monday.  The restaurant, opened by retired IBM/PeopleSoft employee Bob Leavey, had been open about 15 years and seemingly closed without any notice to patrons.  A number of ToNeTo Atlanta readers shared with me a sign posted on the restaurant's front door indicating it was evicted by the DeKalb County Marshal's Office.    Sources close to the property indicate the space may already be leased to a new tenant. There is, however, no word at this time as to what precipitated the closure.  Vintage Pizza opened a new restaurant in the center last month, joining existing eateries Co'm Vietnamese Grill and J. Christopher's.    

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The new Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken in Chamblee 
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken on Peachtree Road at Broad Street in Chamblee is now open.  The restaurant quietly opened late last month, and is the third franchised unit in metro Atlanta from the Memphis-based chain. Previous locations have opened in Peachtree Center downtown and on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.  A fourth metro location that I previously reported was planned for Belvedere Plaza in Decatur has apparently been "shelved" indefinitely.  The local franchise group continues to search for additional metro locations.  

Healthy eatery upbeet announced via Instagram that they finally plan to open on Howell Mill Road on the westside this coming Saturday June 10th.  The restaurant is being opened by the team behind neighboring YEAH! Burger. Upbeet, which has been in the works since at least 2014, was supposed to have opened last year, but was plagued by seemingly endless delays.  In addition to upbeet,  Erik Maier, co-founder and CEO of Better Brands, the parent of both concepts, has signed leases on at least three new YEAH! locations in Buckhead, Chamblee and Nashville.  It's unclear when or if those restaurants will open.

Wagaya, a restaurant specializing in Japanese fare and sushi, has opened their newest location in Emory Village. The restaurant, which opened in place of the former Bad Dog Taqueria/Dankbaar Taco, quietly opened last week. The original Wagaya is on 14th Street in midtown near Georgia Tech.  

A new Woodspring Suites hotel is planned for Mount Zion Road & Highway 138 in Stockbridge.  The extended stay hotel would be about 48,000 square feet on four stories with 123 guest rooms.  There are currently Woodspring Properties in both Chamblee and Alpharetta, among other cities.  The Wichita, Kansas-based hotel chain first launched in 2003 as Value Place before changing its name to Woodspring Hotels in April 2015.  

A new Captain D's is planned for Baker Road in Acworth. The new approximately 2,500 square foot freestanding restaurant will be built between a relatively new Fairfield Inn & Suites and a freestanding Family Dollar store.  The Nashville based chain has had many changes in ownership since its 1969 founding, today owned by Centre Partners, a New York private equity firm.  The chain has seen renewed development interest after delivering improved results over the past few years.  Last year, a new location opened in Kingsland Georgia near the Georgia/Florida line

MOD Pizza opened its first Atlanta area location at Kennesaw Marketplace in Kennesaw this past Monday. The local franchise group has other metro Atlanta MODs planned for Decatur and Sandy Springs, while the group has its eye on a handful of other communities for additional development. 

New to market European retailer JUNK de LUXE plans to open in September on the upper level of Lenox Square in Buckhead.  The store will open next to ivivva in a 4,993 square foot space previously home to Wet Seal.  JUNK de LUXE features menswear from such lines as Levi’s and Saville Row.  "The store finds inspiration in art, people and fashion to create a relaxed attitude with a sharp, vintage edge."

Despite rumors of (and perhaps hopes of) a Cracker Barrel coming to the former Steak & Ale in Tucker, city sources confirm that a 90 unit senior living community has been approved for the site.   

Charleston, South Carolina-based Asian fusion restaurant, CO has opened at the 675 North Highland development.  CO offers a "uniquely inspired" Pan-Asian menu, serving banh mi, pho, ramen and dumplings, as well as sushi and signature cocktails. CO will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.  The 2,965 square foot restaurant is located in the end space at the northern end of the complex opposite Rize Artisan Pizza. 

Sears Holdings quietly announced another round of stores closures yesterday.  The metro Atlanta was spared, but Kmart stores in Calhoun and Fort Oglethorpe, and a Sears store in Dalton were announced to be closing.  The closures are expected to be completed no later than this coming September.  

Sources say that the owners of upcoming micro-food hall The Canteen now expect to be open next weekend, fingers crossed.  The concept, which replaces what was most recently The Spence restaurant in midtown's Tech Square, will feature Yalla, Fred's Meat & Bread, TGM Bagel and Square Bar, all concepts from the owners of The General Muir and West Egg Cafe.  

Millard "Mickey" Drexler announced Monday he was stepping down as CEO of  retailer J.Crew.  Drexler, formerly CEO of The Gap, was hired as CEO of J. Crew in 2003, and is credited with successfully re-positioning J.Crew into a more upscale, aspirational brand.  Drexler's creative counterpart, Jenna Lyons, who too was instrumental in J.Crew's rise in popularity over the last decade or so, departed the company in April, as did men's designer Frank Muytjens.  It's no secret that retail is in trouble, and among the most impacted companies are teen and young adult apparel retailers such as J.Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale.  Drexler will reportedly step down as CEO at the end of the month, but will stay on as chairman.  Drexler will be succeeded by West Elm president Jim Brett, who will assume the role in July.  

For a cool play-by-play of how everything went right, and then wrong, at J.Crew, check out this article.  

According to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe website, the growing chain has at least five more metro Atlanta locations in development.  New Tropical Smoothie Cafe eateries are "coming soon" to University House on Spring Street in Midtown, near Zoës Kitchen in Presidential Commons on Scenic Highway in Snellville, behind Zoës Kitchen at The Plaza at City Springs on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, near Zoës Kitchen in Decatur Crossing on the Scott Boulevard side of the project in Decatur, and Canton Exchange on Cumming Highway in Canton.   In the past few months, the Atlanta-based chain has added new locations in Kennesaw, Brookhaven and Johns Creek, among others.  

The Wells Fargo bank branch at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is closing.  The bank branch, which opened shortly after the CONRAC (consolidated rental car center) opened in 2010, is located near space in the airport previously occupied by rental agencies.  A counter at the branch, which previously displayed a sign stating they were "now hiring," now states the branch will close at 12PM on August 17th, 2017.  

Lidl, the European grocer with big plans for the U.S. market, announced an interesting partnership Monday. The German discount grocer has enlisted fashion designer and supermodel Heidi Klum to design an exclusive fashion collection.  The line, which is expected to be available at both European and U.S. stores "later this year," is seen by analysts as the grocer's attempt to appeal to more affluent shoppers. Lidl has plans for well over a dozen locations in Georgia and as I announced last month, plans to construct a new 756,000, nearly $86 million distribution facility in Cartersville.  The first U.S. store openings are expected to begin June 15th. Nine stores are expected to open in the coming weeks including five in North Carolina, two in South Carolina and two in Virginia.  The company indicated that 90% of the products will be private label and prices will be about 50% lower than at other grocers. 

Follow ToNeTo Atlanta on Instagram at @tonetoatl for exclusive progress photos, #tonetotravels pics and lots more! 

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Tiff's Treats plans to open what will be its fourth Atlanta area location on Saturday June 10th near Cumberland Mall. The cookie shop will open in a former Quiznos Sub space at The Crossings at Akers Mill center on Akers Mill Road across from Sears at Cumberland Mall.  The small center is anchored by Jos. A. Bank.  Austin, TX based Tiff's Treats entered the Atlanta market last year with locations in Alpharetta, Midtown and Sandy Springs.  The company plans to open a fifth location later this summer in Decatur at Fuqua Development's Decatur Crossing shopping center.  Sources say the company is targeting a few other locations in metro Atlanta and that a Buckhead location is "in the works." 

High Road Craft Ice Cream has opened a seasonal pop-up shop at the Whole Foods Market at Merchant's Walk in East Cobb. The shop will feature sundaes, cones, shakes, floats, and even toasted brioche ice cream sandwiches. The pop-up is open every weekend until Labor Day: Fridays noon-4pm, Saturdays noon-6pm, and Sundays 12-4pm. 


New to market quick serve pizza joint PizzaFire plans to open its first Atlanta area location next Tuesday, June 6th in TOWN Brookhaven.  PizzaFire is taking the place of similar concept, Treza, which opened in the center in late 2011 and closed in early 2014.  PizzaFire has plans to open a second location in Roswell.  

Hobnob plans to open their second location at TOWN Brookhaven in mid July. Hobnob's original location is in Midtown where the local eatery occupies a former Caribou Coffee at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive.  Hobnob's Brookhaven location opens in place of Smash Kitchen & Bar, which closed in 2015 as part of the Here to Serve restaurant collapse.  The space was originally occupied by Stir Crazy, a short-lived Atlanta location of the national Asian chain.  


The Wendy's at 2096 Metropolitan Parkway in southwest Atlanta is currently closed as it undergoes what the company refers to as an "image activation" renovation.  This renovation follows similar renovations at other Wendy's restaurants, such as the locations on Marietta Boulevard in northwest Atlanta and on Piedmont Avenue in northeast Atlanta. 

The Roast, a new quick serve restaurant from Whole Foods Market, is slated to open within the grocer's Ponce de Leon store in Midtown tomorrow, June 1st.  The restaurant, which has been in the works since last year, occupies a portion of what was previously Staples but became part of the expanded Whole Foods when the office supply store shrunk its footprint.  The Roast will feature Brazilian fare in a fast casual setting.

There are two new gas stations and companion convenience stores under construction on Metropolitan Parkway in southwest Atlanta.  The new businesses are being constructed at 2461 and 2477 Metropolitan Parkway.  The business at 2477 is slated to feature fuel under the Shell brand name while I have been unable to confirm who will supply fuel to the other location.  

The short-lived Fiorello's in Brookhaven is currently being marketed for lease by The Shumacher Group.  The sales listing indicates monthly rent of $11,000, all in. The listing goes on to state that the 3,800 square foot space has 8 years left on its current lease with an option period available. The seller reportedly invested $600,000 to open the original concept, Brookhaven Provisions, about a year ago.  The closure was reportedly due to a "disagreement with operating partner."  The business is priced at $125,000, which includes all furniture, fixtures, equipment and rights to lease. The sales listing also states, "Seller would consider partnering but only with established very strong group but some upfront fees will be required."


A number of Family Dollar stores are actively closing following the 2015 purchase of Family Dollar by Dollar Tree. The local closures include stores in Northeast Plaza in Brookhaven and on Metropolitan Parkway in southeast Atlanta. Store officials indicated that most Family Dollar stores located within close proximity of Dollar Tree stores will close as part of the consolidation.    

Henri's Bakery closed its popular Irby Avenue location this past weekend and reopened yesterday at nearby Andrews Square.  The cafe also operates a second location is Sandy Springs. 


Retailer VANS Off The Wall plans to begin renovating both its Lenox Square and Mall of Georgia stores soon.


Hobby Lobby officially opened its newest Atlanta area location this past Monday at the new Tucker Meridian shopping center.

Growler and beer market Ale Yeah! closed its Roswell location on Atlanta street this past Sunday, May 28th.  Ale Yeah's Kennesaw location on Lewis Street closed last spring.  The lone remaining Ale Yeah! is located on West College Avenue in Decatur.  

Struggling retailer Payless ShoeSource announced roughly 400 further stores it plans to close in addition to the previously announced 400 store closures.  Six of the recently announced store closures are in Georgia, three of which are in metro Atlanta.  Payless plans to close its stores in the Buckhead Crossing shopping center at the corner of Piedmont Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard in Buckhead, on the first floor of the Dillard's wing in Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, and at Fairington Centre, just off Panola Road in Lithonia.  The other closures are slated for Calhoun, Ft. Oglethorpe, and Woodstock.  

Archer Paper Goods plans to open a second location at The Battery Atlanta in Cobb county "later this summer."  The original Archer opened at Ponce City Market last summer. The store, which features assorted paper goods and gift materials, is the brainchild of Dan Collier who also owns The Merchant and Collier Candy Company, among other shops. 

Clothing and accessories retailer Michael Kors announced today that it plans to close 100-125 stores over the next two years. The company also revealed that sales fell in its most recent quarter and that its outlook for the rest of the year will be worse than expected.  The company did not reveal the locations of the stores it expects to close.  In metro Atlanta, Michael Kors operates stores at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Cumberland Mall in Smyrna, North Point Mall in Alpharetta, and Mall of Georgia in Buford. The retailer also operates stores in Augusta Mall in Augusta and downtown Savannah.  Michael Kors also operates outlet stores at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock, Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove and Pooler, and North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville.

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Zoës Kitchen will join the upcoming Sprouts Farmers Market in the Shops at Towne Lake shopping center in Woodstock.  Sprouts, which will open in a former Publix that had been occupied by Tuesday Morning, plans to open June 28th.  The new store will be the Arizona based chain's 16th in Georgia.  Tuesday Morning relocated elsewhere in the center to make way for the grocer's opening.  Likewise, 9 Round Fitness, an existing tenant in the center, will relocate elsewhere in the center to allow for Zoës Kitchen to open in its current 2,400 square foot endcap space.  Zoës should open later this fall.  

A new BP convenience store and gas station is under construction near Georgia State Stadium (FKA Turner Field) in southwest Atlanta.  The business is located at the corner of Windsor and Fulton Streets and property that was previously undeveloped.  

Walgreens has closed their freestanding location at Mansell Road and Alpharetta Highway in Alpharetta.  Another relatively new Walgreens closed on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs and after a deal to repurpose it fell through, continues to sit vacant. 

Bowl Lab, a new concept serving bowls filled with poke, acai and meat, plans to open soon in the former 1,455 square foot Subway in Vinings Slope near Vinings Jubilee.


Golden Corral has opened its newest Atlanta area location on Cobb Parkway in Smyrna.  I first wrote about the planned restaurant last April and the restaurant finally opened this past Sunday. 

redo furniture and appliance warehouse opened earlier this week at Akers Mill Square near Cumberland Mall. The used furniture and appliance store opened in place of Sports Authority which closed last year.  According to a representative from Olshan Properties, which owns the center, redo has only signed a temporary, three month lease. A previously reported Dick's Sporting Goods will not be opening in the space, but Olshan does reportedly have a lease signed with another as-yet- unnamed retailer to open after redo closes later this summer.   

Tory Burch will soon open its first outlet store in Georgia at the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville.  The company currently operates a total of 17 outlet stores in 11 states with the closest locations currently being in Orlando and Sunrise, Florida.  Tory Burch currently operates two full-line stores in Atlanta at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.  The two Florida outlets, as well as the three Georgia locations, are all in Simon Property Group owned properties.  

Marios and Kaliopy Kitas, owners of downtown Decatur's Andryannis Greek Bistro, have sold their business.  The new owner, Christopher Sheehy, will reportedly convert the restaurant into an American eatery called "SideChick," serving all three day-parts.  Pending inspections and such, Sheehy tells me he hopes to be open as soon as late June.  The Kitas, who opened Andryannis on Clairemont Avenue, just off E. Ponce de Leon Avenue eight years ago, plan to take a "nice summer vacation." The family hinted at having plans to open elsewhere in the future saying, "visit our website or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see our news and where we will be opening the next Andryannis Greek Bistro."  Steve Josovitz of The Shumacher Group, Inc. represented the seller and assisted the buyer in the transaction.  

German grocer Lidl, which plans to open upwards of a dozen locations across Georgia in the coming years, intends to build a distribution facility in Cartersville to accommodate its growth.  The new 756,000 square foot facility is planned for the southwest corner of Cassville Pine Log Road & Great Valley Parkway.  Lidl previously announced plans to open their first U.S. stores next year but recently revealed their first few stores will actually open next month in Virginia. Lidl has distribution centers already under construction in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Graham, North Carolina.  

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Rosati's Chicago Pizza, which I first announced plans for this past July, is finally about to open.  The restaurant, which was renovated top to bottom and now includes new furniture, a new paint job, and a repaved parking lot, is expected to open this coming Sunday May 21st.  The restaurant is located on Wieuca Road near Roswell Road in a restaurant space that has been many things over the years but that appears to have originally been a barn-style Dairy Queen.  

Growing quick serve franchise Pita Mediterranean Street Food is planning to significantly expand its metro Atlanta presence.  The Mediterranean eatery, which grew from a single family restaurant in Peachtree City in 2012, today also includes locations in Newnan, Dunwoody, Roswell, Kennesaw, Columbus and Sharpsburg.  In the coming months, the  chain plans to add locations in Peachtree Corners, Johns Creek, Fayetteville, Downtown, Midtown, Covington, West Cobb and Smyrna.  In Peachtree Corners, Pita will open in Peachtree Square North near Cheeseburger Bobby's, while in Johns Creek, the restaurant will open in Johns Creek Town Center.  Pita will also open in the Avenue West Cobb and on Highway 54 in Fayetteville.  Pita locations in Covington, Midtown, Downtown and Smyrna have not been made public and / or may not yet have signed leases. This past March, Pita founder Nour Rabai told the Ledger-Enquirer  “We’re looking to do about 38 locations in the metro Atlanta market, and then we’ll be reaching to Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida in the near future.” 

Lenox Square in Buckhead is one of the first Simon Property Group malls nationwide to pilot a new parking program: MyPark.  The app based MyPark program allows customers to reserve selected parking spaces in advance of their visit.   It costs $3 for the first two hours, and $3 for each additional hour. Customers can use promo code MyPark1 for a complimentary first use. There are 31 MyPark spaces located at four locations: 2 are in the second level of the Macy's deck, one on the upper level of the Neiman Marcus deck and one in the open parking lot in front of the Fashion Cafe.
MyPark in the Macy's deck 
Atlanta's first Sweet Charlie’s, a hand-rolled ice cream and yogurt franchise, is set to "roll into Atlanta" on Thursday June 8th.  The shop is located adjacent to Superica in Buckhead Court on Roswell Road in north Buckhead.  

The dual branded Einstein Bros. and Caribou Coffee concept Coffee & Bagels is expected to open this coming Friday May 19th in Midtown's new apartment high-rise, Atlantic House.  The property is located at the corner of West Peachtree & 14th Streets.  Other Coffee & Bagels are expected to open later this summer in Tucker and Toco Hills.  

Patel Brothers, a popular Indian grocery store, is planning to open a second Atlanta area location in the coming months. The new location will reportedly be in Suwanee, but an exact address has yet to be revealed.  The original Atlanta area Patel Brothers is located in a former Kroger store on Church Street in Decatur, in a shopping center known today as Patel Plaza.  

Kuroshio Sushi has assumed control of Midtown's Steel Restaurant & Sushi Lounge. Located in the street level retail of the Plaza Midtown condo development, Texas-based Steel had been in business for about a decade on West Peachtree and Peachtree Place.  Locally owned Kuroshio Sushi has existing locations in Smyrna on Cobb Parkway and Kennesaw on Barrett Parkway. A restaurant representative reached by phone at the restaurant answered the phone "Steel," but says the change in ownership took place "a little while ago."  Steel continues to operate their original location in Dallas.  

The new Publix Supermarket at Moores Mill Shopping Center is expected to open May 31st.  

Metro Atlanta's first Duck Donuts is expected to open this coming Friday, May 19th at Old Alabama Square in Alpharetta.  The Pennsylvania-based donut franchise has two other metro Atlanta locations coming soon to Tuxedo Festival in Buckhead and Toco Hills Promenade. 

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A life-size version of this pop art will roll into Atlantic Station next week 
Steel City Pops plans to make their Atlanta area debut next week at Atlantic Station.  The Birmingham-based pop purveyor will vend from a pop cart in Atlantic Station's "Central Park." Plans call for Steel City Pops to offer their pops Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday through September.  Their vending days will most likely remain Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday every week unless they come in for special Atlantic Station events on other days of the week. King of Pops will still be available in Atlantic Station at Land of a Thousand Hills coffee shop.   Interestingly enough, Steel City gets its name from the fact that Birmingham used to be known as the "Pittsburgh of the South," given their steel production, and Atlantic Station is built on the former home of Atlantic Steel Company. As I exclusively reported last week, Steel City Pops is expected to open their first Atlanta area location later this summer in Decatur.  The "kitchen store" will supply pops for other upcoming local "satellite stores."  Sources say that the pops for Atlantic Station will be produced in Birmingham until the Decatur shop is built out.  

New Cook Out restaurants are planned in Cordele on 16th Avenue and in Americus on Hudson Street.  The North Carolina-based chain also has locations coming soon to Macon, Hinesville and Warner Robins, which when completed, will being their Georgia total to nearly 40 locations. 

Men's apparel retailer Bachrach is closing its three stores in metro Atlanta.  The stores, which opened in 2013, are all located in Simon Property Group malls: Lenox Square in Buckhead, Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw and Mall of Georgia in Buford.  The Town Center store indicated to me that they are closing this Sunday, whereas the other two stores seemed to suggest that they will remain open for a few more weeks, or until in-stock merchandise is depleted.  As a company, Bachrach dates from 1877, but I questioned the brand's prospects when they reopened at the malls in 2013 after closing in Atlanta a few years earlier.  


Mix'd Up Burgers opened their first brick & mortar location this past Monday at Hosea Williams Drive and 2nd Avenue in East Lake.  The new food truck turned restaurant joins the Greater Good BBQ and Poor Henrix, a gastropub, as restaurants in the Hosea + 2nd development.  

A new franchised Bojangles' location opened yesterday at the corner of Delk Road and Franklin Gateway in Marietta near the new Atlanta United FC training facility.  

Studio Movie Grill has confirmed their plans to open a new theater in Marietta.  The new location will open in place of the long shuttered Sports Authority in the Harry's Farmers market anchored center on Powers Ferry Road near Roswell Road, not far from The Big Chicken.  According to the Studio Movie Grill website, the new location will feature 1,285 luxury seats housed in 11 auditoriums. The Dallas, Texas-based company operates two other locations in metro Atlanta, in Roswell/Alpharetta which opened in 2010 in a former A&P grocery store, and in Duluth in a former Circuit City, which opened in 2012. Real estate sources also indicate that North American Properties is in talks with Studio Movie Grill to join the redevelopment of Colony Square in midtown.  

Sugarcoat, an upscale nail & beauty salon, will soon open its fourth Atlanta area location. Joining existing locations in Buckhead at the Eclipse condo building, Vinings at Vinings Jubilee, and Virginia Highland, the new Sugarcoat will open on Roswell Road in the Roswell Wieuca shopping center in north Buckhead. The new location will open beside Goldberg's Bagel Co. & Deli in a space most recently occupied by Goldberg's Group's corporate office.  Goldberg's Group has since relocated to a larger facility in Marietta near Dobbins Air Reserve Base.  

Kale Me Crazy plans to open their ninth Atlanta area location tomorrow at the Avenue East Cobb.  In celebration of the opening, the East Cobb shop will offer free smoothies from 4pm til 8pm.  

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The bigger, badder, BIG Chicken is expected to reopen Thursday May 11th after a multi-month, multi-million dollar renovation.  Among the changes at the landmark restaurant are the addition of both a gift shop and custom artwork.  The Big Chicken renovation project is part of KFC’s bold goal to remodel roughly 70% of its approximately 4,200 U.S. restaurants by the end of 2017. 

The Flying Biscuit Cafe has officially reopened in its new home on Collier Road in Howell Mill Village shopping center.  The breakfast eatery closed its location in Paces Ferry Plaza this past August and had originally intended to reopen late last year but was apparently delayed in their permitting and build-out.  

Niecy's Cafe has closed. The restaurant, which opened n 2015, was located on Lower Roswell Road in East Cobb but according to local sources never seemed to take off.  According to a notice from the restaurant, Niecy's last day in business was March 28th. 

Harbor Freight Tools plans to open a new location in Canton. The new, approximately 20,600 square foot store will open in a portion of a former kmart store.  Harbor Freight will join Ollie's Bargain Outlet, also in a portion of the former kmart, and a Goodwill, as anchors of the center on Marietta Highway.  


Just days after closing their Dunwoody restaurant, Applebee's  has also closed their Johns Creek / Suwanee restaurant.  A ToNeTo Atlanta reader tipped me off to the closure of the Applebee's on on Johns Creek Parkway, just off Peachtree Parkway, in Johns Creek / Suwanee.  The closure has since been confirmed by a company representative.   The freestanding restaurant was located in an outparcel of Johns Creek Town Center.  

The Tile Shop plans to open their fourth Atlanta area location later this year in Buckhead.  The store is opening in place of the former Hancock Fabrics, next to HomeGoods, at Buckhead Crossing shopping center.  The roughly 11,000 square foot space was vacated last summer when the Hancock filed for bankruptcy and was last utilized as a seasonal Halloween store this past October.  Plymouth, Minnesota based The Tile Shop operates over 125 locations nationwide including existing Atlanta area locations in Dunwoody, Kennesaw and Buford.  

Mae's Bakery owner Beth Castro has sold the business.   Castro opened Mae's during the summer of 2012 in Lenox Village, a small shopping center set of Lenox Road, in Buckhead.  Despite its small space, only 1,500 square feet, Mae's carved out a nice niche in the community with fresh pastries and exquisite cakes.  While the retail portion of the business did well, Castro shrewdly diversified the business into both wholesale production for other restaurants as well as both movie and television production sets.   The new owners, Kim & Milton Woodward reportedly plan to continue the business as is.  Steve Josovitz with The Shumacher Group represented Castro in the sale. 

Atlanta's classic southern eatery, The Colonnade, has been negatively impacted by the I-85 bridge collapse.  Sources tell ToNeTo Atlanta that the restaurant's traffic is down over 50% during the week.  Having been in business since 1927, surely the restaurant has weathered other storms but I encourage everyone to go enjoy a classic southern meal there and support the waitstaff.  

Lenox Square will not be having its annual 4th of July fireworks celebration this year.  "While Lenox Square’s Legendary 4th of July event has been an Atlanta tradition for many years, the city and Lenox Square have both grown and evolved, offering a multitude of events for residents to ring in Independence Day. For this reason in 2017, Lenox Square has decided to update its 4th of July programming and will offer a new type of celebration for the Atlanta community and surrounding neighborhoods. More information will be released in the near future as details are confirmed."

Metro Atlanta's newest Dave & Buster's is expected to open Monday May 22nd on at North Point Market Center on North Point Parkway in Alphareta.  The is will be the Dallas based chain's fourth metro location joining existing facilities in Marietta, Duluth and Lawrenceville.  

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The new Macy's Backstage at Cumberland Mall
Macy's Backstage, the new "off-price" offering from Macy's, opened its first Atlanta area location this past Friday at Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth. The store is located on the second floor of the existing Macy's store. Other Backstage stores are planned for The Mall at Stonecrest, Cumberland Mall, Mall of Georgia, and Town Center at Cobb, among others.  Although I was unable to obtain definitive planned openings, a Macy's representative at Cumberland Mall indicated that their Backstage store is expected to open this coming Friday April 28th.  

Regions Bank has signed on for the new 365 by Whole Foods Market anchored North Decatur Square shopping center near Decatur.  The bank will have both a branch and a standalone drive thru.  

Buckhead Pizza Co. has closed its location at the Cobb Galleria.  The restaurant reportedly closed about two weeks ago.  Previous closures have included locations in Cumming and Buford. The last remaining restaurant in the chain is in Buckhead, at the Realm condo building.  

Blue Agave Grill on Etris Road in Roswell has seemingly shut its doors for good.  A ToNeTo Atlanta reader reports that a sign on the restaurant's front door indicates that Blue Agave would be "closed on Easter and all Mondays forward." The restaurant's website has been taken down and their phone directs you to a recorded message from Verizon that the number is not in service. 

Sprouts Farmers Market opened their 15th Atlanta area location earlier today at the new Tucker Meridian shopping center in Tucker.  The Phoenix-based chain plans to open their next Atlanta location June 28th in Woodstock.  I am unaware of any additional stores the company has committed to in metro Atlanta.  Since entering the Atlanta market in 2014, Sprouts has opened stores from Peachtree City to Snellville and Peachtree Corners to Morningside.  


Women's retailer Bebe plans to close all of its roughly 170 stores nationwide as it shifts its focus exclusively to online sales.  All retail stores are expected to close by the end of May.  In metro Atlanta, Bebe has three locations: Lenox Square in Buckhead, Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw and Mall of Georgia in Buford.  

Chick-fil-A will celebrate the grand opening of their new restaurant on Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta tomorrow morning at 6AM.  

Pike Nurseries plans to build a new 10,000 square foot store along with an approximately 40,000 square foot greenhouse in Milton.  The new store, which sits on about five acres, will be located near the intersection of Alpharetta Highway and Bethany Bend Road. Currently Pike has 15 stores in Georgia and two in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Taco Mac plans to open a new freestanding restaurant in the South Point development in McDonough next month. The new approximately 6,300 square foot restaurant is the first new restaurant for the Atlanta-based company in two years.  The restaurant will sport a brand new prototype. "The industrial chic-inspired design includes features that reflect the brand’s roots – sports and beer – and include elements like an exterior wall made from beer kegs and reclaimed barn wood finishes."  The location will also feature 72 HDTVs. Established in 1979, Taco Mac now has 20 locations throughout Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.  

Parkside District, a new restaurant opening soon on Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville,still plans to open later this summer despite suffering significant structural damage from a car that crashed into the building this past Sunday.  "This road bump won't keep us from launching in the Summer and we will make sure our grand opening will be a "smash."

Kaiser's Chophouse, the new steakhouse from Chef Peter Kaiser and Chef Kevin Rathbun, plans to open this coming Tuesday, May 2, in Sandy Springs.

Ann Taylor has closed its Mall of Georgia store.   The store closed within the past few days and comes on the heels of the retailer's closure at Atlantic Station.  At Mall of Georgia, local retailer Brooklynn's plans to open in its place later this summer. No tenant has been announced as a replacement at the former Ann Taylor in Atlantic Station . As I noted in an earlier post, Ann Taylor has closed locations in both Vinings and Perimeter Mall in recent years.  
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