Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bits & Bites

Is Rooms To Go too high end for you? If so, you're in luck! Rooms 1-2-3 plans to open a new location in Sandy Springs. The mattress and furniture retailer, seemingly very similar to the Rooms To Go chain, will occupy the former Staples at The Prado on Roswell Road and plans to open by mid-October. The first Rooms 1-2-3 is located in Acworth on Highway 92 and occupies a former CVS Pharmacy. 

Quiksilver has filed for bankruptcy protection and will close about 20% of its stores.  Quiksilver USA, a separate entity from the Europe/Asia divisions, is the division that filed for bankruptcy.  Domestically, Quiksilver operates 127 stores under the Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC (a skateboarding brand) monikers.   The company plans to close 27 stores, affecting all brands, as well as their "factory outlets."  

Casa Grande Mexican Grill has opened on the East-West Connector in Austell.  The freestanding nearly 7,000 square foot restaurant is operated by the same group behind Marietta Diner, Cherokee Cattle Co. and Marietta Fish Market.  The restaurant, in an outparcel of the 22 screen Regal Cinemas, was built as Roadhouse Grill, but was most recently Stella's Neighborhood Grill.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A will celebrate the opening of its newest Atlanta area location October 7th on Shallowford Road in Marietta.  The freestanding restaurant will open at 6AM on the 7th before which the company will award an electronic card good for 52 #1 combo meals to guests who wait in line for 24 hours ahead of the opening.  The promotion, called "First 100," is now limited to those living within select zip codes near the restaurant.  The included zip closed for the Marietta opening have not yet been published.  

A new Family Dollar is planned for the 7000 block of Covington Highway in Lithonia.  The nearly 9,200 square foot, freestanding building should be completed by early next year.  

A Mrs. Winner's location that has been closed for years near Greenbriar Mall plans to reopen next month.  The Mrs. Winner's on Headland Drive in East Point had been closed since 2012.  According to the Mrs. Winner's website there are just three locations still in existence in Georgia, a market they, and fellow chicken chain Church's, used to dominate.  

Krispy Kreme will celebrate the grand reopening of its Marietta location on Cobb Parkway tomorrow, September 17th, at 6AM.  The first 25 customers in line will receive a punch card for one free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts each month for one year. 

Fred DeLuca, co-founder of Subway, died Monday night at age 67.  DeLuca, who in 1965 at age 17 borrowed $1,000 to open a sandwich shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut to help pay for college, parlayed that experience into building Subway. With an estimated $18 billion in revenue in 2012 (a Forbes estimate as the company is privately held) and over 44,000 locations worldwide, Subway is the world’s largest chain of fast-food franchises.  


jeff a. taylor said...

Not sure why Chik is doing that promo -- that store is gonna print money from the minute it opens. Guess it is up to the franchisee. Now Lassiter HS will have its "own" Chik -- right next to a Target. $$$

Anonymous said...

That promo is run at every CFA opening. The zip code limitation is new though as the same groupies were traveling around to all the openings.

And of course they are going to print money - that is what restaurants with excellent food, good value and excellent service do. They will also support the community, local schools and events.

Anonymous said...

My experience as a casual customer of CFA is a slight decline in service over the last couple of years. Although still much better compared to other fast food operations.

Anonymous said...

Interesting - as I have seen the opposite. Same courteous service at the register, but now they attend to the dining room more and come up and offer to refill your beverage for you.

Can you imagine that happening at McDonald's?!?

Pistol said...

Heard just the other day from another Longhorn employee that the LoHo being rebuilt in Toco Hills will be a prototype, 2 story location.

Anonymous said...

CFA is so overrated.

Anonymous said...

Funny you should say that. It amazes me how many restaurants with mediocre food there are, in Atlanta, that actually have people waiting in line to dine. I've lived in many cities, small and large, and I've never seen anything like it.

Anonymous said...

The key to success for every mediocre restaurant is to serve alcohol.Atlantian's love their alcohol, and places to consume it.

Anonymous said...

Wait, what? Some people actually consider Rooms to Go high end? HaHaHa..

Anonymous said...

@Eli, have you heard any like what Pistol said above about the burnt down Longhorn?

Atlantan99 said...

@All RE: Longhorn Toco Hills,

I reached out to my contact at LongHorn corporate in Orlando who indicated that the new Toco Hills location will sport the chain's current look and layout. She was unaware of any plans for a second level. She also indicated that the permitting process is progressing and they plan to be reopened by next summer.

Thanks for the readership and comments.