A number of businesses are planned for Decatur property
Youngstown, Ohio-based Redstone Investments reportedly has agreements with a number of businesses to open in their redeveloped 315 West Ponce de Leon Avenue property.
Atlanta-based Highland Bakery is likely the most exciting of the planned openings. While I worry the "group's" (I'd hate to call them a chain) expansion will water down their brand, Highland Bakery will add a nice, casual breakfast option to the area. Started on Highland Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward, Highland Bakery today has locations in midtown and Buckhead as well as on the campuses of Georgia Tech and Emory University. Highland Bakery's Decatur location will be just over 3,000 square feet and is slated to open later this summer.
Slightly less exciting an opening is Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe. Birmingham, Alabama-based Taziki's was started in 1998 by Amy & Keith Richards. The chain grew slowly at first, but having witnessed the success of cross-town rival Zoës Kitchen, Taziki's started franchising in 2012. A location in Sandy Springs was their first in the peach state. Other locations followed in Athens and Alpharetta with another coming soon to Suwanee. Taziki's in Decatur will be 3,000 square feet and is expected to open early this summer. Personally, I'm as much a fan of Taziki's as I was of Pita Pit, and we all saw how that ended.
Nashville, Tennessee-based I Love Juice Bar plans to renovate the former Wells Fargo drive-thru ATM into a drive-thru juice bar. As I mentioned last week, local franchisee Cara Weaver is opening a new I Love Juice Bar at Toco Hills. The Decatur location, which I learned of in preparing the Toco Hills post, is scheduled to come before the Decatur Planning Commission next month. My friends at Decatur Metro have an in-depth story detailing the plans and its parking / logistical implications. Essentially, the plans are to reduce the drive-thru lanes from four to one and "offer customers convenient access by foot, by bike and by car."
Lastly, in an opening I'd equate to be almost as ubiquitous as a new Mattress Firm, Orangetheory Fitness will open an approximately 3,500 square foot space in the complex. Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Orangetheory Fitness entered metro Atlanta a couple of years ago and has been steadily spreading throughout the state. The franchise fitness studio currently operates thirteen Atlanta area locations with another seven listed as "coming soon" (exclusive of the Decatur location.)
What are your thoughts on these planned additions to Decatur? Who are you most excited about opening? Do think Highland Bakery will become the next Flying Biscuit Cafe or will Decatur mark the end of their expansion?
Please share your thoughts below.