Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bits & Bites

Topshop & Topman are both slated to open this Thursday, March 12th, at Lenox Square.  The new two level 15,500 square foot store replaced both Cache and Kenneth Cole on the main mall level, as well as a number of smaller stores on the mall's "Plaza" level.  Interestingly though, the store's only entrance will be via the main mall level, seemingly missing out on the opportunity to make their wares available to consumers entering via the Plaza level. This will mark the London-based chain's first full-line foray into the Atlanta market.  A condensed shop-in-shop already exists within the Nordstrom at Phipps Plaza.  

Cosmetics retailer Ulta plans to relocate from the Walmart-anchored Perimeter Village to the Barnes & Noble anchored Perimeter Station. Both centers are near Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.  In their new space, Ulta will replace what was built as a Restoration Hardware store.  Restoration Hardware closed their Dunwoody store late last year ahead of the opening of their giant new RH Gallery store on Peachtree Road in Buckhead.  The new Ulta is reportedly on track to open in July.  

A former Eckerd turned RiteAid closed its freestanding location on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth last week.  

A new location of Pure Barre is planned for Decatur.  The new Pure Barre will open at 415 Church Street in place of The Seen Gallery in downtown Decatur.  Franchisees Ashley Goot and Katy Bayless Gibson already operate the Pure Barre in Virginia-Highland.  A total of 17 Pure Barre locations are open or opening soon in Georgia.  Spartanburg, South Carolina-based Pure Barre is a fitness facility primarily targeted towards women with over 200 franchised locations.  

My friends at The Newnan Menu report that a new Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is coming soon to Newnan.  The new fast casual pizza restaurant will be the first of many planned for the region.  Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint Newnan will be located in a new center being built on Newnan Crossing Bypass, across from the popular Ashley Park development. As I reported last week, the first Georgia location of Fort Worth-based Five Five Pizza Co. will also be opening soon in a nearby new center.  

HomeGoods and Jo-Ann have been officially confirmed as tenants at the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza.   HomeGoods will occupy a nearly 24,000 square foot space (basically, the former Big Lots.)  Jo-Ann will occupy an approximately 20,000 square foot space (most of the former Hancock Fabrics.)  (Hancock Fabrics has since relocated to Northlake Festival.) A nearly 150,000 square foot Walmart Supercenter, 25,000 square foot ROSS, 34,000 square foot LA Fitness and 1,700 square foot freestanding Starbucks are all already in the cards for the center.  

Atlanta's third D. Geller & Son jewelry store has set March 28th as their opening date.  The new D. Geller is located near the intersection of Hammond Drive and Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.  

The new Dick's Sporting Goods in East Cobb will celebrate its grand opening this Friday, March 13h.  The new Dick's replaces what had been a Kmart, then a Sears, then a kmart, at the corner of Johnson Ferry and Roswell Roads. A new Del Taco is also opening in the same center, replacing what was for years a TCBY.   

Chick-fil-A recently introduced an intriguing new menu item.  The new "Frosted Lemonade" is basically a blended combination of an Icedream and lemonade.  What makes this menu item special is that it's basically made of three existing products. Icedream and lemonade are blended together making use of the blenders already on the premises because of the chain's milkshake offerings. Additionally, no new cup was introduced, and instead the Frosted Lemonade is served in the same 16 ounce cup as the iced coffee.  I tried one earlier this week and found  it refreshing and flavorful.  As of now, the Frosted Lemonade is only offered in one size and costs about three bucks.  

As expected, a settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by mall owner Simon Property Group against Tom Catherall.  The lawsuit centered on the lease assignments of Twist at Phipps Plaza and Prime at Lenox Square to Catherall's ex wife, Leigh.  Ownership of Prime and Twist, as well as the entire Here to Serve Restaurants portfolio was transferred to Leigh late last year as part of her divorce settlement with Tom.  Details of the settlement were not made public.  


Anonymous said...

See that something is happening at the former Staples on Woodstock Rd in Roswell. Anyone know what will be going in there?

Ham said...

To the casual observer it appears that the merchants going into the new Suburban Plaza location are an upgrade compared to what was there before. I know a lot of folks are still upset about the Walmart, but truthfully that center was very “tired” and needed an update. I understand that the Church property across the street is to be redeveloped along with property on Church Street, so it will be interesting to see how this impacts traffic.

Anonymous said...

I'd assume ROSS at North Dekalb is relocating.