The beer & wine retailer has existing Atlanta area locations in Alpharetta, Dunwoody and Kennesaw. Total's Dunwoody and Alpharetta locations are both former CompUSA stores.
In Buckhead, Total would replace The Container Store, which relocated a few blocks away to the former Borders store at Buckhead Triangle. (Atlanta based Selig Enterprises owns both centers)
Earlier, I had reported that Atlanta based Hooters was in talks to take over the former Container Store space, but I later learned those plans never got very far. One source went as far as to tell me that Selig may have even spread rumors of Hooters interest purely to "piss off the city of Atlanta." You see, given current permitting and zoning, Hooters would have been able to open in the space with relative ease, whereas the city was unwilling to budge on restrictions preventing stores like Total Wine from opening.
Recently NPU-B (Neighborhood Planning Unit-Buckhead) gave its preliminary support to amending the current restrictions.
The proposed exemption to the distance requirements between single family home neighborhoods and beer and wine retailers would apply only to shopping centers in excess of 75,000 square feet of retail space with frontage on Peachtree Road or Peachtree Street. Restrictions on liquor sales would not be changed.
Buckhead mainstay Pearson's Liquor and Fine Wines on Early Street near East Paces Ferry Road closed at the end of 2011. More recently, the beer and wine portion of Savi Provisions opened at Tuxedo Festival, but its location is not the best, nor does it have the visibility and accessibility that Total Wine would have.
As an employee of a Buckhead area hotel, I frequently get requests from guests looking for a close place like Total Wine, and I think it would be a smart use of the space.
What do you think? Should Total Wine be allowed to open in the heart of Buckhead? Would the ready access to beer and wine in Buckhead be good or bad? Weigh in...