Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bits & Bites

Sweet Talk Bakery & Cafe opened last week at Gwinnett Market Fair shopping center near the corner of Pleasant Hill Road and Satellite Boulevard. Independently owned Sweet Talk seems similar to Sweet Hut, an established business with locations in Doraville and Midtown and a third coming soon to Gwinnett Station, across the street from Sweet Talk. Both businesses feature Asian pastries and drinks.
 
Rita's Italian Ice opened last week on Macon Street at McDonough Square in McDonough.  This is the first southside location for the Trevose, Pennsylvania-based chain, and the fifth overall in the state.  

Broadway Diner has closed on Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. The restaurant, previously both a Mrs. Winners and before that a Hardees, is a freestanding building near Merchants Walk shopping center.  Broadway Diner served traditional Greek cuisine, as do many of the diners in Atlanta. 

Sandy Springs Fun House has closed.  The laser tag and arcade emporium was located at Abernathy and Roswell Roads in a space I believe previously housed a Staples. Earlier this year, The Fun House was rented out by Justin Bieber and a photographer's camera was allegedly stolen from his vehicle parked near the family center.  The theft was reportedly at the hands of a Bieber bodyguard 

Twin Peaks  plans to open what will be its third Georgia location Augusta.  The new restaurant will replace the freestanding building at Augusta Exchange most recently home to Sticky Fingers.  Sources say that the previously announced Twin Peaks Kennesaw will open in mid October, followed by the Augusta location in mid December.

Boston Proper plans to open a new store on the second floor of the Luxury Wing at Lenox Square.  The new boutique would occupy a portion of the former Calvin Klein white label store, closest to Neiman Marcus.   The first Atlanta area Boston Proper is expected to open in the coming weeks on the first floor of Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.  Based in Boca Raton, Boston Proper was purchased by Fort Myers, Florida-based Chico's FAS Inc. in 2011.   According to their website, Boston Proper currently operates nine locations, eight of which are in Florida.  Boston Proper "is an omni-channel retailer offering unique, high-end women’s apparel and accessories" and has been in business for over 25 years.  The business started as a catalog company, a selling channel that is reportedly still effective for the company.  

Sprouts Farmers Market celebrated the grand opening of its Dunwoody location yesterday.  The new organic market replaces what had been a Harris-Teeter and was later an Ace Hardware. The space at Mt. Vernon Shopping Center had been vacant for years and is bounded by Mount Vernon Road, Jett Ferry Road and Dunwoody Club Drive. (Kroger, which had bought out a number of Harris-Teeter stores including this one, had been paying the lease on the space and only recently relinquished it.  A Goodwill store was proposed as a replacement anchor a couple years back, but the neighborhood vetoed it.) 

A roughly 12,000 square foot Walmart Express is being proposed in Ashburn, Georgia.  The new store, one of the first in Georgia, would carry convenience store type goods in addition to a pharmacy and a gas station.   Walmart opened a Walmart Express location in early June in Sylvester, southwest of Ashburn.  The Ashburn store would be located in the 100 block of West Washington Avenue (Highway 112) near its intersection with US Highway 41.  Ashburn is located in Turner county, south of the city of Atlanta, between Cordele and Tifton.  

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Walmart on 5th St near GT isn't considered a Walmart Express?

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon,

No, that store is actually even smaller than the Express concept. The store by Georgia Tech is called a "Walmart on Campus" and measures only about 2500 square feet. The Express stores are usually at least fives times the size of an "on Campus" store.

Thanks for your comment and for your readership.

Anonymous said...

What's going on at the Gold Room?

Anonymous said...

I could be wrong, but I drove by the Sweet Hut in Midtown and it didn't look like it was open yet.

396 said...

Nope. Still not open. I work out at the Orange Theory Fitness in Midtown just a couple of doors down and I check every week for any sign of progress toward opening. Still nothing.

Stephanie said...

Referring back to a previous "bits and bites" piece, any news on the Buffalo Wild Wings relocation to the old Justin's space? Shortly after the announcement, roof work was done (presumably by landlord) but it's been at least 6 weeks with no activity-no contractors on site, no signs, etc. I can't imagine permit applications could take this long but can't imagine them being denied either.

Anonymous said...

What's going on at the Gold Room? Looks like at a minimum an exterior renovation is going on.

Atlantan99 said...

@Anons RE: Gold Room,

Please see this post for updated information.

http://www.tonetoatl.com/2014/07/metro-atlanta-progress-report.html

Thanks for your comments and readership!

Atlantan99 said...

@Anons RE: Gold Room,

Please see this post for updated information.

http://www.tonetoatl.com/2014/07/metro-atlanta-progress-report.html

Thanks for your comments and readership!