|At rear, what is believed to be the parking deck for the residential component|
New project reportedly secures new leases
The new Gateway at Sandy Springs project has reportedly secured leases with a number of exciting new tenants.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cheeky Mexican Taqueria, PNC Bank, pH Wine Merchant,
Alon's, Barre3, Spa Sydell and Luxury Nails will all reportedly open in the new center.
|Future home of CVS Pharmacy|
Additionally, Green Tacos will reportedly be the name of the previously unnamed eatery from Verde Taqueria owner Hil Rogers. In case your Spanish is rusty, Verde Taqueria translates roughly to Green Tacos in English.
The new Spa Sydell will be the chain's seventh location. The number of Spa Sydell locations has ebbed and flowed over the past few years as the company continued to come back from bankruptcy. There was previously a Spa Sydell location below One Buckhead Plaza on West Paces Ferry Road and perhaps this new location is meant to capture that business.
The new Chipotle Mexican Grill will be the chain's third within a few miles. There is already a Chipotle at Piedmont & Lenox Roads in Buckhead as well as another on Roswell Road, a few block outside 285 in Sandy Springs.
Patrick Shippey and Anthony Yambor opened pH Wine Merchant in Peachtree Hills in late 2010. The shop offers wine tastings and classes in addition to corporate gifts. A 21-acre senior living residential development known as "Peachtree Hills Place" was to be built adjacent to pH in Peachtree Hills, but after nearly 10 years, has yet to take shape. Although I was unable to get it confirmed officially, it's believed that the new pH Wine Merchant shop will replace the existing store rather than be in addition to it.
Cheeky Mexican Taqueria has existing locations in Suwanee, Forsyth and East Cobb. The casual Mexican eatery is along the lines of a LongHorn Steakhouse for Mexican food.
With popular local joint Taxco basically next door, the first Willy's Mexicana Grill down the road, and a Tacos & Tequilas in Chastain Square, one has to question how much Mexican fare the area can support.
|Former RiteAid and AAA office await redevelopment adjacent to the new project|
These new leases are in addition to the previously announced openings of CVS Pharmacy, Tupelo Honey Cafe, Urban Cookhouse, and a Sprouts Farmers Market. The Gateway Project will reportedly also be home to 600 new apartments.
The PNC Bank would seemingly be intended to replace the branch that closed over the summer on Habersham Road between Roswell and Piedmont Roads. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based bank is also opening a new branch on Peachtree Road in Buckhead in place of a recently demolished Wendy's.
The CVS Pharmacy (13,063 square feet), Urban Cookhouse (4100 square feet) and Sprouts Farmers Market (25,830 square feet) will all reportedly be stand alone buildings, while the other tenants will be "in line."
The 21-acre mixed-use project, which replaced two large apartment complexes, is expected to open this coming spring.
While I'm a fan of a number of the businesses opening in the center, I worry about the impact that the project and its 600 apartments will have on area traffic.