Grocery store continues Atlanta expansion
Phoenix, Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market will anchor the retail portion of the new Decatur Crossing project near Decatur according to source familiar with the plans. The center, located at the corner of Scott Boulevard and North Decatur Road, is being built on the site of the former Scott Boulevard Baptist Church, as well as replacing greenspace and other smaller structures.
In addition to the Sprouts, the center will also reportedly be home to a number of restaurants, retail shops and a bank.
Decatur Crossing is located across North Decatur Road from Suburban Plaza. Built in 1959, Suburban Plaza is considered by many as the first shopping center in metro Atlanta. Property owner Selig Properties is performing a significant renovation that is bringing a number of new retailers to the area. Walmart Supercenter, HomeGoods, Jo-Ann fabric and craft store, ROSS, Half Price Books, LA Fitness and Starbucks are all slated to open in the center in the coming months. Much to the dismay of area residents, Walmart, the center's new anchor, is reportedly on track to open by the middle of next month.
Many in the neighborhood, myself included, had hoped that the Decatur Crossing project might include a Whole Foods Market or even their new 365 by Whole Foods Market stores. Alas, a deal with Whole Foods, while reportedly once in the works, never came to fruition.
Since entering the metro Atlanta market in 2014, Sprouts has opened eight stores with at least four more coming soon. New Sprouts locations are scheduled to open in East Cobb and "Morningside Heights" early next year. Another location is on the books for Duluth later in the year. Sprouts is reportedly also looking to open a new store in Lexington Park in Peachtree City.
The midtown, Decatur, Duluth and existing Peachtree Corners locations are all part of Atlanta-based Fuqua Development projects.
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