|Once renovated, the reopened Checkers should look like this|
Checkers to reopen closed location
Tampa, Florida-based Checkers plans to reopen their shuttered restaurant at the corner of North Druid Hills Road and Lawrenceville Highway near North DeKalb Mall. The restaurant closed in 2011 and there had been talk that the neighboring Drive-Thru-only Chick-fil-A might purchase the property to build a full service location. That plan never materialized.
Checkers has begun the planning and permitting process and given that the building already exists, they could be open relatively quickly should everything go as planned. The first of three planned development meetings is planned for October 14th.
If approved, this would mark the first new-ish Checkers to open in metro Atlanta in many years.
Checkers has closed a number of locations over the past few years including three intown locations.
In Chamblee, a former Checkers was to be demolished and rebuilt as a Popeyes but the chicken chain could never get the necessary zoning approvals and has since abandoned their plans. Another shuttered Checkers in Brookhaven recently reopened as a Smoothie King. Another Checkers opened for a short time on Broad Street near Georgia State but has since closed and is today "It's Greek to Us."
A Checkers in midtown on Spring Street is likely to soon be displaced by planned vertical development.
Will you welcome the re-opening of Checkers? Do you wish Chick-fil-A has expanded into the Checkers space as some had hoped? Were you rooting for a Chick-fil-A to open in place of Checkers?
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