Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bits & Bites

Metro Atlanta's newest Ollie's Bargain Outlet is slated to open January 20th at Windy Hill Village shopping center on Windy Hill Road in Marietta.  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Ollie's is similar to better known discounter Big Lots, and has expanded across Georgia over the past few years. Other recent Ollie's opening in Georgia include stores in Athens, Snellville and Mableton.
After a few false starts, Press & Grind, the new concept from Stay Eames of Highland Bakery, is hoping to open in about two weeks.  A restaurant employee indicated "we are ready" but are waiting for a Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Atlanta, as well as a Health Inspection to be scheduled and performed.  

 Knoxville, Tennessee-based Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop is preparing to open their first Atlanta area location.  Located along Roswell Road in the new Sprouts Farmers Market-anchored Gateway project, Buttermilk had planned to open this coming Friday, but as of tonight, is "hoping" to open "within the next ten days." 

Tom + Chee has opened its new franchised location on Howell Mill Road on the Westside.  Located within the Ironworks complex, Tom + Chee joins Dixon Rye, a home furnishings store, O-Ku, a new sushi restaurant from the Charleston-based owners of Colletta and Oak Steakhouse in Avalon, and soon, Barcelona Wine Bar.  Cincinnati-based Tom + Chee is known for their various grilled cheese sandwiches and soups, and has existing Atlanta area locations in Alpharetta, Buford and Kennesaw. 

Sears has cancelled its plans to lease half of its two-level Cumberland Mall store to Kroger.  Instead of allowing Kroger to lease about 90,000 square feet, Sears transferred the asset as a whole to Seritage Growth Properties, a REIT created by Sears last year and promptly spun off, and now publicly traded.  This move is a bit of a head scratcher, but may indicate that either Seritage has bigger plans for the property or that they plan to reopen negotiations with Kroger for more money.

New Baby Products announced that is will close both of its Atlanta area locations in the coming weeks.  Calling it a "going out of business sale," the company's stores on Cheshire Bridge Road and Peachtree (Industrial) Boulevard in Norcross are slated to begin liquidation sales this Saturday.  The family-owned business began in 1971, and according to its website, included "Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr." as a customer of its "Stroll-O-Chair" when owners Estel & Edna Howard were without a store and Mr. Howard performed in-home demonstrations of his products. 

The Book of Mormon opened yesterday at The Fox Theatre and runs through the 24th.  The religious satire musical was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who are more well known for creating the South Park TV series.   Tickets are still available for select shows. 

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re the New Baby Products "Peachtree (Industrial) Boulevard in Norcross" location that's closing, I think only Chamblee has tampered with the street name and removed the "Industrial" from PIB. Everywhere else, it's still Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Anonymous said...

I received an email that K-La at the Forum is going out of business. The space where Bridge Boutique was next to Bartaco is going to be an antique/home store.

Anonymous said...

Do you know what's going on at the Cumberland Sears... no Kroger, so who might it be?

Anonymous said...

My how the demographics have changed in the 25 years I have lived in Atlanta. Bargain barn in Marietta while intown is getting all the cool stuff. Looks like Post knew what they were doing back when they started dumping all of their OTP complexes and opened intown instead.

Anonymous said...

so sad about new baby products. we bought EVERYTHING our son needed there and her prices were very competitive with the online retailers.

Anonymous said...

Ok Anon, then when in your mind does it become Peachtree Street? Because people in Brookhaven, less than a mile away from Chamblee, call it Peachtree without the Industrial in the name. As does anybody south of Brookhaven on Peachtree.

Anonymous said...

Heard that American Food & Beverage closed at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Is that the first restaurant casualty there?

Anonymous said...

Anon @1:27 PM, Peachtree (Industrial) Boulevard is a separate street that branches off of Peachtree Road just inside the western edge of the Chamblee city limits. No part of it is in Brookhaven. What you have in Brookhaven is Peachtree Road (not Street), so it is indeed logical to refer to it as "Peachtree".

To add to the confusion, Chamblee also has a New Peachtree Road and a North Peachtree Road. (The four streets are often called New Peachtree, Peachtree, Peachtree Industrial, and North Peachtree.)

Anonymous said...

^^ Precisely the reason why Peachtree Industrial Blvd will keep its name no matter what Anon 1:27, et al want to call it. There are too many Peachtree named streets so folks like Anon 1:27 are part of the problem / confusion. If Chamblee and it's residents don't like the name then, by all means, go through the process to change it! Keep in mind though that getting rid of the PIB name will NEVER happen. Personally I don't like having a Snellville (aka SNAILville) address, but it does not distract my focus from more important matters.

Anonymous said...

The Hampton Inn on Mountain Industrial just south of Hwy 78 is expanding to include a conference center on the top floor. Construction is currently underway.

Anonymous said...

This post is obviously sponsored by The Book of Mormon. What a strange little tidbit posted on a retail website and completely out of context.

debalew said...

It's not like the renaming of Peachtree (Industrial) Boulevard in Chamblee is new. It was done in 2008 by GDOT. People are just starting to notice that Chamblee exists.