Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bits & Bites

When completed, the Hollister at Lenox Square may look like this renovated store in south Florida
Hollister is spending nearly $140,000 to update their exterior at Lenox Square.  

A new Dollar Tree is planned for a vacant Rite Aid in Stone Mountain.  The former Eckerd / Rite Aid which had more recently been a RE/MAX "Premier" office, is located on Memorial Drive near Rays Road. The nearly 11,000 square foot building will be renovated and should reopen by summer. 

Figo Pasta has closed its location on North Point Parkway near North Point Mall in Alpharetta. Mama's Pizza will reportedly take over the space.  Sources indicate this may only be the beginning of Figo closures. 

Mirko Pasta has closed at Medlock Crossing in Duluth.  The fast casual pasta eatery was located in the Regal Cinemas-anchored center at the corner of Medlock Bridge and State Bridge Roads.  

Robert Graham plans to open a new store at Phipps Plaza in July.  The roughly 1,200 square foot space will occupy the current Jimmy Choo boutique near Tiffany & Company on the main level.  Jimmy Choo plans to close in late April and reopen in early May in Buckhead Atlanta. Robert Graham is already available at department stores such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's but this will be the brand's first stand-alone store in Atlanta.  

NOCA (NOrth CAnton) on Canton Street in Roswell was sold with plans to keep the business the same. 

Tin Lizzy's Cantina plans to open their newest location next month in Augusta.  The new Tin Lizzy's will be located at 2821 Washington Road. The new Tin Lizzy's was previously home to Roadrunner Cafe and before that, another restaurant called Flyin' Cowboy.  A previously announced location in East Cobb has been scrapped and will no longer open in Woodlawn Square on Johnson Ferry Road.  A new location on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth recently opened. 

D. Geller & Son is growing again with plans to open a new location in Sandy Springs. The Atlanta-based jeweler plans to open in the former Tailfeathers restaurant space at Hammond Springs Shopping Center, near the corner of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive.  D. Geller currently operates locations in Smyrna and Kennesaw.  A Duluth location on Pleasant Hill Road near Gwinnett Place Mall closed a couple of years ago.   

Hi-Five Diner is now open in midtown.  Hi-Five replaced Villains, the sandwich shop and has the same owner, Alex Brounstein of Grindhouse Killer Burgers.  Hi-Five is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

Radio Shack recently announced it will close 1,784 stores, about half of their overall network. The electronics and gadgets retailer, which dates from 1921, filed for bankruptcy last week following years of struggle and financial troubles. Among the local closures are stores at Buckhead Crossing, near the Mall of Georgia, and in Northlake, Perimeter, and Arbor Place Malls. A longtime location in Toco Hill near Emory University will be staying open.

Coach is renovating their existing Lenox Square location. Described as "Minor tenant improvement of existing retail space work to include Architectural and Electrical," the work will cost a reported $154,000.  

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

In Mirko Pasta’s place is Mirchi Virchi. It’s advertised as Indian Fun Food & Spirits. Their Facebook page Feb. 4 said they were opening Feb. 9. They have two web sites. Mirchivirchi.com says coming soon. Mirchivirchiatl.com indicates they have two locations and a food truck in New York City, but the site also seems to be just a placeholder.

Anonymous said...

Not surprised by Mirko's but kind of wish you'd elaborate about Figo. All the ones I know of always seem very busy especially at lunch and it's 1000 times better than Mirko's, which is a clear rip-off. I know the owner was a Figo employee, but get some of your own recipes...

Grant Goggans said...

Seconding Anon @ 9.09's request. More details about Figo would be appreciated; the Alpahretta store's closing was a real surprise.

Douglas Green said...

I think the Indian restaurant might be the same owner as Mirko. Will miss Figo's.

Stacy said...

I live in Alpharetta and ate at that Figo several weekend and week nights and each and every time, there were maybe one or two other tables. I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did.

Anonymous said...

Atlantans refuse to support local businesses. This is a chain store metro all the way.

Anonymous said...

Actually Mirko's menu, chefs, and business model are far more refined than anything figo has had to offer. The food and service at Figo on Peachtree dunwoody is embarrassing, absolutely absentee and clueless management. In my opinion mirko on Roswell Road is actually closer to fine dining Italian and with great value. The place is always packed Emma has a really good vibe. The owner is always on hand and has a passion for what he's doing.

jeff a. taylor said...

Guess someone at Tin's finally pulled up Google and noticed all the Tex-Mex comp near that East Cobb location. Was glad something was going in that space, but that was really not a need.

Anonymous said...

That anonymous commenter who decried Atlantans love of chain restaurants on an article about a chain restaurant closing...lol