|What upcoming Gen 3 QuikTrip locations may look like|
The new location at Briarcliff & Clairmont will in fact be one of QT's new Gen 3 locations. The Gen 3 is a little larger than a typical QT and features a wider variety of ready-made food items and additional beverage stations, among other things. In a recent conversation with a representative from QT's corporate office, I was informed that demolition should commence on the IGA site in late February, with the hope that the store will be open in late summer or early fall. This timetable is, of course, based on all things going smoothly with regard to final permitting and construction, so there may be minor delays.
Despite many comments suggesting this site or neighboring Williamsburg Village being great locations for a Trader Joes, the chain is currently not growing its Atlanta presence. Given their refusal to build in Decatur citing "demographics that are too old for their stores," it's unlikely Oak Grove or an area near Lakeside will ever get one. While the neighborhood does have money, it does not have enough of the young "hip" consumers that Trader Joes aims to please.
In other nearby news, two exits north of the upcoming Clairmont QT, at Chamblee-Tucker Road, an existing QuikTrip will be closed and demolished and re-built on a site across the street. The new unit will be built at the corner of Dresden Drive and Chamblee-Tucker Road. This location will also be a Gen 3, and will be slightly bigger than their current site. The move will slightly increase the footprint of the store and also is the result of a "change in traffic patterns." An existing Shell station at the corner of Dresden and Chamblee-Tucker will be demolished as part of the QT relocation.
The site of the new QT will also include a small portion of land behind the Shell that had to be rezoned as it was not previously zoned commercial. There is not yet a construction or opening timetable set for this location, but it should be open before the end of the year. An existing Dairy Queen to the right of the new QT parcel will stay and is not in any way part of the new construction. No word yet as to what will become of the current QT once it closes but personally I think it would make a great fast food site.
The current QT has relatively easy in and out access via a light at the DeKalb Technology Parkway and Chamblee-Tucker intersection and given the location of the new store, perhaps it, too, will have a light on the opposite side of the road. Personally I think the current location is the better of the two, but I'm sure QT has done the studies and has their reasons. The current location even has unused land to the left, adjacent to the site that seems would be perfect for an expansion of the current store.
The first three Gen 3 locations opened in the company's home territory of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and after proving successful, were expanded to other markets. Atlanta will soon have a number of these locations with one scheduled to open next month on Jonesboro Road in Morrow. Another will open in Doraville just inside 285, on the site of another former Shell station. Another location is planned for Suwanee at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Satellite Boulevard, not far from QuikTrip's local headquarters. My contact at QuikTrip tells me that the Doraville location should be open in late March and the Suwanee location will follow in mid April. Henry County will also get a Gen 3 location later this year in Locust Grove.
Another Gen 3 location was proposed at Ormewood and Moreland Avenues in Ormewood Park, but after fierce opposition from the neighborhood, QT will not build on that site though they have stated they are still interested in the area.
Have you been to a QT Gen 3 store? If so, what were your thoughts? Do you think the move across the street on Chamblee-Tucker makes sense? What would you like to see open in place of the current QT once it closes? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.