|A ginormous Restoration Hardware like this may soon call Buckhead home|
The Corte Madera, California-based home furnishings retailer is in the planning and permitting stages for opening their proposed six-story mega store on Peachtree Road in the heart of Buckhead. The store would be built on a parcel that is home to the abandoned ESPN Zone restaurant which closed in late 2009.
Restoration Hardware closed their longtime Lenox Square location in early 2011 along with four others around the country, and almost immediately spoke of returning to Buckhead. At Lenox, their lease was up and SIMON had secured Forever 21 to replace them.
Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel have both left Lenox Square over the past 24 months with Crate & Barrel already open in its new home, the Shops Around Lenox. At one point Restoration Hardware was looking into relocating to the former Buckhead Chrysler Plymouth dealership on Piedmont Road, but those plans stalled before they got anywhere. It was revealed last year year that Restoration Hardware had intentions of opening in the former ESPN Zone when sketches for Buckhead Atlanta included an aerial shot of the shuttered eatery with the name Restoration Hardware on it. Though not part of the project, Restoration Hardware will surely benefit from Buckhead Atlanta when they are each completed, likely in the first half of 2014.
For now, Restoration Hardware remains accessible to shoppers in Atlanta at their remaining retail store near Perimeter Mall and also via their now 680-page catalog. Though not set in stone, I have heard that if and when the Buckhead flagship comes to fruition, the Perimeter store would close.
For more on the Buckhead location including store design, layout and permitting, check out BuckheadView's extensive coverage here.