Salt Lake City-based Barbacoa Mexican Grill opened its first metro Atlanta location November 23rd in Kennesaw. Barbacoa opened off Barrett Parkway at the Shoppes at Ridenour in a former Johnny's Pizza.Little Azio has closed its downtown Atlanta location on International Boulevard (listed as a Peachtree Street address) near Peachtree Center.
dELiA*s, the New York-based mall retailer whose main demographic was teen girls, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to liquidate. The retailer started in 1993, and was all the rage throughout the late 90s and early 2000s. As with other mall retailers, changing habits, more options and online shopping have caused declines in popularity and sales.
A new Buffalo Wild Wings is planned for Pooler Parkway in Pooler. The new sports bar is being opened alongside the new Tanger Outlets project, not far from Savannah.
Mattress Firm has at least temporarily taken over a significant portion of the former Office Depot at Providence Square shopping center on Roswell Road in East Cobb. The Office Depot closed earlier this year as part of the consolidation following the Office Max / Office Depot merger.
New Mediterranean fast casual Bezoria (originally known as Bazaria) is slated to open this Monday, December 15th. The new would-be franchise replaces Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, which failed in its entry into the Atlanta market last summer. The space is situated at the corner of Peachtree and 8th Streets beside Villains and Noodle.
Following the recent revival of 90s cult classic Surge soda by Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, Minneapolis-based General Mills is bring back another discontinued 90s product. French Toast Crunch is coming back to grocery store shelves immediately in some markets with plans to be available nationwide by early next year. (If only Waffle Crisp was more readily available.) French Toast Crunch was launched as a pseudo-brand extension of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in 1995, but was discontinued in the U.S. in 2006. (French Toast Crunch remained for sale in Canada.)
Framingham, Massachusetts-based Staples plans to close its location at Lenox Marketplace on Peachtree Road in Buckhead December 27th. The Buckhead closure is reportedly the only store closure in Georgia, but is one of 30 the chain announced last month it will close before the end of the year. Following the Office Depot / Office Max merger and with mounting online competition, Staples previously announced plans to close 140 stores, of which these additional 30 were not a part.
Aveda Salon will reportedly join previously announced tenants Aladdin's Mediterranean Grill, Earth Fare and La Madeleine: Country French Cafe at Phase Two of Emory Point. Plans call for the project to be complete by early to late spring, with reportedly at least four other smaller spaces still up for grabs. The remaining spaces range from about 1,200 to 2,900 square feet.
Piedmont Minor Emergency has closed on Piedmont Road in Buckhead. With the proliferation of WellStreet, now operated in partnership with Piedmont Hospital, and other urgent care facilities, Piedmont Minor Emergency apparently was unable to compete.
Meatball Bar & More is now open in the Fashion Cafe at Lenox Square. The new food court eatery offers meatballs, heros, sliders, salads, pizza and even ice cream sandwiches!
Bantam + Biddy plans to open its new location at Lenox Square today, starting with breakfast service at 8AM. The new Lenox Square location is situated behind the UGG store and across from where the Delta Airlines ticket office was for many years. Bantam + Biddy has three other locations in town at Ansley Mall and Crescent Avenue in midtown and at Avalon in Alpharetta.