Monday, February 9, 2015

Pollo Tropical Planning New Prototypes in Metro Atlanta

New Pollo Tropical locations in metro Atlanta should look similar to this location in Addison, Texas
Miami, Florida-based Pollo Tropical is planning three new locations with two others opening soon.  

A new Pollo Tropical is planned for Woodstock. The new restaurant will be built at 188 Molly Lane in place of what is now an empty parking lot. The parcel sits near the corner of Molly Lane and Highway 92, adjacent to Steak 'n Shake and in front of Hacienda Vieja Mexican Restaurant. The Woodstock Pollo Tropical is slated to open "in the fall."

Approximate location of the upcoming Pollo Tropical in Woodstock
Another new Pollo Tropical is planned for an outparcel of Sam's Club in Buford on Buford Drive.  The restaurant would be built between an existing Krispy Kreme and Champions Car Wash & Lube.  At 3385 Buford Drive, the restaurant is located near the corner of Buford Drive and Gravel Springs Road.  Buford's Pollo Tropical is scheduled to open "winter 2015." 
Approximate location of the upcoming Pollo Tropical in Buford 
In addition to the  recently revealed locations, a Pollo Tropical previously proposed in East Cobb has been approved and should also open in the fall.  Pollo Tropical East Cobb will replace a former Shell gas station in an out-parcel of the Kroger-anchored Parkaire Shopping Center on Johnson Ferry Road.
Pollo Troical plans to replace the former Shell shown above 
Each of the new locations will be a little more than 3,600 square feet. Additionally, unlike the existing Pollo Tropical restaurants in Georgia, the two new locations will sport the chain's new look.  Referred to as the "Caribbean Style" prototype, the new locations feature "wood framed walls and wood trusses" along with a more coastal exterior.   

The Caribbean-style chicken chain has been performing especially well in its return to metro Atlanta.  The chain has already opened a number of new locations.  Current Atlanta area Pollo Tropical restaurants include locations in Alpharetta, Marietta, Cumming, Lawrenceville and Kennesaw.  

In Snellville, a previously approved location at the corner of Dogwood Road and Scenic Highway, has been "abandoned" in favor of an unspecified "alternate location," also in Snellville.  

Two other Pollo Tropical restaurants are opening soon in Johns Creek and Austell.  The Johns Creek location is located not far from Whole Foods Market on State Bridge Road and will celebrate its grand opening February 27th.  The Austell location is located in an outparcel of Brookwood Square Shopping Center near the intersection of East-West Connector and Brookwood Drive.  The Austell location is slated to open in late March.

The Johns Creek, Austell, Buford and Woodstock locations are all likely to sport the chain's "Caribbean Style."

In the mid 90s, during its previous stint in Atlanta, Pollo Tropical had a number of locations in metro Atlanta. One was in the Toco Hills area, at intersection of LaVista and North Druid Hills Roads.  Einstein Bros. Bagels occupies the space today. Another of their locations was at 2271 Peachtree Road in South Buckhead. The restaurant closed and became MacArthur's Chop & Crab House, which in turn failed and after sitting vacant for years, was razed for the construction of Mezzo, home to Varasano's Pizzeria.  The chain left Atlanta in 1996.

Whereas their 90s development was by franchise, their re-entry is under corporate ownership.  

A north Buckhead location was proposed in 2010, but amidst backlash from the neighborhood, the chain abandoned its plans. Today, the parcel is home to a AAA Auto Care Center. 

Pollo Tropical, along with Taco Cabana, are owned by Addison, Texas-based Fiesta Restaurant Group.  


Anonymous said...

Regarding "abandoned" Snellville location. That site was also suppose to have a Krispy Kreme and many had been wondering why nothing had happened yet on that parcel. Bets are they are considering a location further north on the highly congested 124 shopping corridor.

Theron Sapp said...

Not sure why North Buckhead objected, but I'd rather have Pollo Tropical than another oil change place....

Anonymous said...

In response to Theron (who I ABSOLUTELY agree with) - I always wonder why neighborhoods object so vehemently to new development. Always. It doesn't matter what it is, there will be objections. Pollo Tropical, ONE fast food restaurant, would cause too much traffic? Really? I just don't get it.

So instead, you get an oil change shop. Worse for the residents and worse for the area. My grandmother would call this "kvetching".

Anonymous said...

maybe the N. Buckheadites had their hearts set on a tax preparation office, or medial office building.

I'm surprised there are no posts on all the closing RadioShacks, including Northlake, Perimeter and several more...


Anonymous said...

Will the East Cobb location have the new look? Thanks