Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bits & Bites

Krispy Kreme has closed its popular location on Cobb Parkway for what it projects to be a two month remodel. As a result of the remodel, the store will increase in size by 250 square feet to about 3,000 square feet.  Improvements are planned for the parking lot, drive-thru, bathrooms and interior space. 

A new Hot Topic store is coming to  The Shoppes at River Crossing in Macon.

Drew Van Leuven of Seven Lamps & partners from Cypress Street Pint & Plate reportedly hope to have their new restaurant Tavern Pointe open next week.  The restaurant replaces  LPC (La Pietra Cucina) at 1545 Peachtree Street in midtown or "Uptown" as property owner Dewberry Capital calls it.  

Beverly Hills-based boutique candy shop Sugarfina plans to open a kiosk location at Lenox Square in September.  The artisanal candy shop will mark the group's first boutique on the East Coast.   Rosie O’Neill, a former marketing executive for Mattel's Barbie brand, co-founded Sugarfina in 2012 with now husband Josh Resnick.  The company is something like a blend of Sweet Factory, Godiva and Dylan's Candy Bar. Godiva, of course, operates a cafe and store on Lenox's upper floor, while Dylan's merchandise is at times carried by Neiman Marcus and the Ralph Lauren store (Dylan Lauren is, after all, Ralph's daughter.)  Sweet Factory was Lenox's last "candy store," but it closed not long after its kid friendly neighbor F.A.O. Schwarz left the mall in 2003.  Sugarfina offers items such as dark chocolate sea salt cashews, super sour hearts (gummies) and bourbon marshmallows. Sugarfina has five stores in California (three in the greater Los Angeles area and two in San Francisco) and is opening a sixth location in San Jose this August.  A store at Americana at Brand, a popular lifestyle center in Glendale, California, previously closed.  The Atlanta location will likely compete with fellow Beverly Hills import Sprinkles for shoppers' "snack" dollars.  

Cafe M. Rouge aka Moulon Rouge,  (in the old Cafe Intermezzo on Peachtree Road), has reportedly closed. Signage on the building announces that a new Spanish tapas restaurant will be opening in the space soon.  A number listed for the business rings through to what seems to be a residence and my request for comment went unanswered. It's my belief that the new business will be operated by the existing owners. 

A new location of Nashville, Tennessee-based I Love Juice Bar is coming to Johns Creek Promenade on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek.  The new juice bar joins previously announced tenants Dunkin Donuts, Zoës Kitchen, Moe's Southwest Grill, The Original Mattress Factory, It's About Time, Salon Lofts, Jersey Mikes and Burger 21 in the new center.  Currently, there are I Love Juice Bar locations open in Suwanee on Old Peachtree Road near the new Taziki's Mediterranean Café, and in Toco Hills Promenade near Publix.  As previously announced here, there is also another I Love Juice Bar coming to the former Yoforia in Morningside.  

The Arby's at East Lake Shopping Center on Roswell Road will soon begin renovations.  The store, one of the more dated in the area, will receive an upgrade similar to that of the recently renovated Arby's on Howell Mill Road.  

In other Arby's news, a previously announced new location coming to downtown Atlanta will reportedly soon start construction.  The new Arby's will open at street level within 34 Park Tower at 34 Peachtree Street.  

A new, two-story liquor store called Citi Wine & Spirits will soon start construction at the corner of Carpenter Drive & Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.  The new store replaces what had most recently been vacant land at 5861 Roswell Road. 

Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe is now open in Duluth on Pleasant Hill Road.  

The former Drury Inn on Jimmy Carter Boulevard is getting closer to becoming a Hampton Inn.  The hotel has been undergoing renovations for months but should be completed by late September, as that is when they are accepting reservations for.  

A new pizza shop called Pizzeria Lucca is being proposed at 96 Bulloch Avenue in Roswell.  

Chef Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow plans to open his newest restaurant, Revival, tonight on Church Street in Decatur. Revival replaces Harbour House Pub, a seafood-centric eatery that closed at the end of last year.  Revival will feature traditional southern fare.

Yet another "grocery store" is being proposed in Columbus, in Muscogee county.  The new store would be built at the intersection of Buena Vista and Floyd Roads.  As with previously mentioned "grocery stores," this store is being developed by Chattanooga-based Polestar, a developer often responsible for the development of new Walmart Neighborhood Market stores.   That being said, I'd say it's safe to assume this will ultimately turn out to be another Walmart Neighborhood Market store.  


Anonymous said...

Scary Wendy's (Piedmont near Piedmont Circle) is being renovated. That whole area (except for Tower Package and the bowling alley) needs to be redeveloped, especially Peek A Boo and the extended stay hotel.

Anonymous said...

What about the Arby's on Windy Hill near I-75? It just got torn down and I haven't seen any signs indicating why or what's coming.

amyers said...

They're so much wrong with the Walmart situation right now in Columbus. We have SO MANY!

Currently, we have 2 Neighborhood Markets and 1 Supercenter in developement. the Supercenter is replacing the Walmart that appears to be RIGHT NEXT TO where this "grocery store" is to be placed. ?!