Kroger will close their bi-level store at The Brookwood in south Buckhead July 8th. The store was originally scheduled to be a Harris Teeter, but when the grocer exited the Atlanta market, they left a number of stores undeveloped. Another store was set to open in Midtown Place across from the former City Hall East but was opened as a Whole Foods instead. The Brookwood location opened in 2003 and has never connected well with their higher end customer base. The store was 2 levels, but was still quite small, and may have suffered as a result. It's bi-level design was to mimic the bi-level Harris Teeter in Sage Hill (currently a Kroger) near Emory, a store that was constructed after the demolition of a Winn-Dixie.
One would think that the Fresh Market and Publix, both north on Peachtree would have allowed for the Kroger to satisfy the needs of nearby residents of south Buckhead and SCAD students, but alas that seems not to be the case. I recall there at one point being an entrance on Peachtree Street with a single register, making quick walk by trips a breeze but this entrance was closed years ago.
The center as a whole has gone through a number of changes and setbacks. Aside from Harris Teeter, locally owned Killer Creek Chop House signed to open in the center but never did. Instead, Wolfgang Puck Express and Chef Gary Mennie's Taurus opened in the development and have both since closed. Borders was a significant tenant for the center, but they too closed earlier this year. Luckily, Aveda will relocate their Aveda Institute training school from Piedmont Road to the former Borders later this summer, leaving the space vacant only briefly.
The Art Store closed years ago followed by Swoozie's last year and both storefronts have remained vacant. Wolfgang Puck Express closed in 2009 and was replaced with locally operated Baroni last year. Taurus closed at the end of 2008 and was replaced with Tuk Tuk Thai Fodo Loft in late 2009. Despite being owned and operated by Nan and Charlie Niyomkul of Nan Thai Fine Dining and Tamarind Seed, the restaurant has failed to meet expectations of nearby residents and if you ask me may be the next casualty at the center. Sage Clothing boutique did not renew their lease and closed this past February citing Borders closure as the contributing factor. Spa Sydell remains open as does Atlanta's only Viking cooking school & store, though I'm told Viking is performing far better than Sydell.
I don't live in south Buckhead, but am curious, what should open in the Kroger space. Should another grocer come to fill the void or something different altogether? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.