Following the opening of the new RH Gallery at the Estate in Buckhead, Restoration Hardware quietly closed their store near Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. The Corte Madiera, California-based retailer once had metro locations in Buford at the Mall of Georgia, Lenox Square in Buckhead and near Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. Their new 70,000 square foot, six story "flagship" store opened in place of the old ESPN Zone in the heart of Buckhead late last month.
Plans call for the new Grub Burger Bar to open at Brighten Park (fka Loehmann's Plaza) on February 3rd. The first Atlanta area Grub opened this past April at Akers Mill shopping center.
Piedmont Minor Emergency has reportedly relocated Piedmont Road, under the Lindbergh Vista apartment building, next to The Home Depot.
Olde Towne Shopping Center in the 700 block of Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb will soon be demolished. In its place, Northside Hospital plans to build a large campus. Northside's plans are seen by many as a reactive measure to Wellstar who themselves recently completed a huge new campus on Roswell Road.
Michael's is opening soon in the former Loehmann's at Perimeter Place near Perimeter Mall. The arts and crafts retailer will occupy the former off-price clothing retailer's space to the right of Target and Ross Dress for Less. Loehmann's closed earlier this year following the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
kmart is closing its Snellville store at Wisteria Village. The store is scheduled to close no later than January 18th and will later reopen as At Home (fka Garden Ridge). Another former kmart on Buford Highway in Buford reopened as an At Home earlier this summer, as have a few others around the country.
The Crab Boil has renamed itself The Crab Spot. The seafood eatery opened last year in "Friday's Plaza" in place of the vacant Friday's.
Harbour House Pub (fka Harbor Bar & Fish House) has closed in Decatur. The casual seafood eatery opened in the former El Tesoro restaurant space on Church Street in late 2011, but even after a name change, never caught on with the community. The restaurant's final day was this past Sunday.
InterContiental Hotels Group (IHG), with North American headquarters here in Atlanta, has agreed to purchase San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. The deal, valued at $430 million, includes Kimpton's 62 hotels and 71 restaurants but does not include any real estate. Kimpton is known for their boutique indie hotels and operates under many different names. Kimpton opened a "new build" Hotel Palomar in midtown Atlanta in 2009, but exited the market in 2011 with the Palomar becoming a Renaissance Hotel. In Savannah this past May, Kimpton opened The Brice, formerly the Mulberry Inn. IHG plans to expand the Kimpton brand internationally with Europe and Asia likely early targets for development.