Warrendale, Pennsylvania-based rue21 plans to open a new approximately 7,000 square foot store on the first floor of North Point Mall in Alpharetta. The store will be located in the Sears wing and will take the place of two storefronts. Currently, plans call for the store to open early this summer. In addition to the North Point store, rue21 also plans to open a new store at The Shoppes at River Crossing in Macon. Both centers are owned and managed by General Growth Properties. (GGP)Last August, I announced that a new Hudson Grille would be opening in Kennesaw. Now, over six months later, the restaurant is reportedly hoping to open April 1st. Hudson Grille Kennesaw will be 10,500 square feet and will occupy the former Bailey's Pub & Grille in an outparcel of Barrett Pavilion on Cobb Place Lane.
A new business called "Bubble Cafe & Bakery" appears to be close to opening on Northside Drive at tenside near Georgia Tech. As its name suggests, Bubble is slated to serve bubble tea, coffee and assorted baked goods.
Also at tenside, Three Dollar Cafe plans to open what will be its ninth Georgia location. The 2,700 square foot restaurant has reportedly been slowed by permitting / construction issues but plans to open within the next 30-60 days.
A new Dunkin' Donuts has opened just off exit 14 of I-575 on Marietta Highway in Canton. The new roughly 2,000 square foot Dunkin' occupies an endcap of the newly constructed Canton Ridge shopping center, and includes a drive-thru.
Einstein Bros Bagels has closed its location on Powers Ferry Road near Wildwood office park. The bagel shop, along with neighboring former Caribou Coffee, are both now vacant but the space could be more appealing now that the two spaces could likely be combined into one.
Georgetown Cupcake plans to open its new Buckhead Atlanta location March 7th. The 2,700 square foot cupcake shop is located adjacent to Qing Mu and Doraku Sushi on East Paces Ferry Road.
A Lockhart Popcorn kiosk is coming back to Lenox Square.
A new Applebees is coming to Macon. The new restaurant will be built on Zebulon Road just off I-475 in an outparcel of the Kohl's-anchored Plantation Village shopping center.
According to Eater Atlanta, Abbatoir will close March 28th after a seven year run. In its place, Ford Fry plans to open a new, as yet unnamed, restaurant. This will mark Fry's third restaurant on the westside and eighth overall in metro Atlanta. Most recently, Fry opened Superica, a "Mex-Tex" restaurant, at Krog Street Market. My sources indicate that Fry plans to better utilize the existing patio / fireplace at Abbatoir and that the restaurant may be "Mediterranean influenced." The concept is reportedly still being developed as Fry assembles his culinary team that will run the restaurant. Early word is that foodies will flock to the new concept (regardless of concept, service, or wait) and all press, food bloggers and journalists will call it the greatest thing since sliced bread...er well, since the last Fry concept opened.
Two former car dealerships have been demolished on Church Street in Decatur to make way for hundreds of new apartments. The parcel is sandwiched between Patel Plaza and Nalley Nissan and across the street from the new Tesla dealership. "The Reserve Church Street" will be comprised of two U-shaped buildings consisting of 330 apartments. Atlanta-based Atlantic Realty Partners is developing the property as well as a similarly named project "The Reserve at The Ballpark." The Reserve at The Ballpark will be comprised of 605 units and will be located at the new Braves stadium complex in Cobb county. Atlantic Realty is also nearing completion of their "Cyan on Peachtree" apartment building. Cyan is a 23-story tower in Buckhead consisting of 330 units...built on land that was previously the home of Dante's Down the Hatch for over 40 years.