|Yoforia "temporarily closed in Sandy Springs?"|
Swirll has now closed all Atlanta area locations. First to go was Buckhead, then Perimeter, and now Brookhaven. DeathWatch'd for a reason. Swirll was one of the worst FroYo chains, and its complete failure in Atlanta comes as little surprise.
BurgerFi has apparently abandoned its plans to open in Brookhaven.
La Tagliatella opened their first Atlanta location in the former Silk restaurant at Metropolis this week. Their second location is slated to open in Emory Point by years end.
Pura Vida will close at the end of the year following a 12-year run.
After a number of delays, Bhojanic at Shops Around Lenox is on schedule to open in late February.
Brooks Brothers is hedging their bet and relocating to space adjacent to the the new Von Maur on the first level of Perimeter Mall.
Woodstock's The Outlet Shops at Atlanta appears to be almost 100% leased. Though not identified on the site plan, sources tell me that the center will host Atlanta's first Bloomingdale's Outlet.
Cole Haan will downsize and renovate their Phipps Plaza location after the holiday season. The brand was recently sold by Nike to Apax Partners, a private equity group, for $570M. The Phipps Plaza location had become too large for the brand, and its interior was in dire need of a makeover.
Sheik Burritos n Kabobs is scheduled to close this weekend following a three year run on Piedmont Avenue. The restaurant's Rock Springs shopping center is slated for demolition to make way for new Archstone apartments. Owner Jahan Ostad tells me he hopes to have a new (larger) location "not far away" secured soon.
Kennesaw-based Cheeseburger Bobby's recently opened a new location at Peachtree Square North near Peachtree Corners. The local burger joint now has six locations open. Other restaurant additions to the shopping center include a previously mentioned Corner Bakery as well as a Three Dollar Cafe.
Clearly as a result of disappointing sales, the Neiman Marcus / Target collection is being offered at 50% off this week both online at Target.com and in stores.
Following the November news that Seattle-based Starbucks would acquire Atlanta-based Teavana for $620M, Minnesota-based Caribou Coffee has agreed to be acquired for $340M by German conglomerate Joh. A. Benckiser. Among the firm's other holdings are Jimmy Choo, designer of designer women's shoes and Coty, a cosmetics brand.
Starwood Hotels Group Le Meridien hotel has pushed their planned Dunwoody opening to February 21st 2013.
Yogurt Mountain and American Family Care are both now open at The Prado in Sandy Springs. Previously announced tenants Barberitos and Bruegger's Bagels both claim to still be opening but have yet to do much of anything at their respective spaces.
AMC Phipps Plaza has completed their massive renovation which wisely included relocating their second floor box office to the third floor. Among the enhancements to the theater are beer and wine, expanded food options in their "Marketplace" and plush leather seats that recline nearly 180 degrees.
QuikTrip has finally opened their Clairmont/Briarcliff location and has started clearing land for their planned Chamblee-Tucker location.
Barca Tapas & Bar has opened in place of La Fourchette on Piedmont Road in Buckhead.
Yoforia at the Exchange at Hammond in Sandy Springs has "Temporaily closed to celebrate the Christmas season" Oddly, this message was posted on letterhead from a Charlotte Yoforia. Attempts to reach the shop by phone led me to a disconnected number leading this writer to believe the shop is closed permanently.
Both locations of Cowlicks Yogurt & Floats are currently listed for sale and will likely close if a buyer is not found.
This is short list of briefs and tidbits of industry news. There will be plenty more in depth coverage of new openings (and closings) in the new year. Stay tuned for exciting restaurant openings, new retail and DeathWatch.
Thanks for your readership and Happy Holidays.