Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Bits & Bites

Sport Clips will be opening locations at both Snellville Promenade on Scenic Highway in Snellville as well as in Suburban Plaza near Decatur.  Georgetown, Texas-based Sport Clips is a male-geared hair cut shop with franchises nationwide.  There are currently about 40 Sport Clips locations in Georgia.   The Snellville center in anchored by HomeGoods, Best Buy and The Fresh Market, while Suburban Plaza is anchored by Walmart, HomeGoods, LA Fitness, ROSS Dress For Less and soon Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores.  

A new independent coffee shop called The Bean Tap is opening soon in Hamilton Mill Plaza.   The center is located at the corner of Hamilton Mill and Ridge Roads in Buford. The coffee shop will occupy a 1,750 square foot space, formerly home to a dry cleaner.   

Brookhaven Provisions is now open in Brookleigh Market on Durden Drive, just off Johnson Ferry Road in Brookhaven.  The concept is a partnership between the owners of Cafe at Pharr and Hungry Peach catering.  The eatery is located in the same project as Bon Glaze, a new gourmet doughnut shop, and Pure Taqueria.  

The Blaxican, which was born as a food truck and later launched a "takeout" brick & mortar space, has closed.  Blaxican was located in The Studio Movie Grill-anchored Holcomb Center on Holcomb Bridge Road near Roswell/Alpharetta. Judging from social media postings, it would seem the takeout space closed between early January and early February.  

"Unfortunately we had to close the Take-Out temporarily due to low sales as a result of limited seating, no liquor license, poor sign visability, and no marketing budget. These factors also made it very dificult to atract and keep qualified staff.   Here is our plan, the space next door is perfect for additional seating, and faces the main entrance which has no obstructions for our sign. We are in the process of soliciting investors to help us aquire this space so we can reopen bigger and better than before.   Until then we will continue to operate our Food Truck throughout Atlanta and the surrounding cities."

There has been no public update on when or if the takeout location will reopen but the food truck remains in operation.  

Rising Son opened yesterday on North Avondale Drive in Avondale Estates.  The breakfast & lunch eatery opened in place of The Bishop, which closed this past November.  

Rise Pies plans to open April 15 in the Fashion Cafe at Lenox Square.   The quick serve pizza restaurant marks the return of casual pizza dining since the closure of Sbarro at the the mall.  

I recently learned that CVS Pharmacy has discontinued its 24-hour pharmacy hours at both its Peachtree Road location across from Piedmont Hospital as well as its Cheshire Bridge at Lindbergh Drive location.  Remaining 24-hour CVS Pharmacy locations include those on North Druid Hills Road at Toco Hills, North Decatur Road near DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur and on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in the West End.  

Sprong Childrens Shoes has relocated from Pharr Road to Powers Ferry Square on Roswell Road.  Sprong's former home on Pharr Road near Fulton Drive will soon be demolished along with a few neighborhing businesses, for new apartments.  Sprong's new store occupies the former Pretty Please, a children's clothing boutique which closed in the center last month.  

The new Saks Fifth Avenue OFF FIFTH at Buckhead Station is slated to open April 7th.  The store opens in a large portion of what was previously Toys r Us.  

Tony's Barber Studio, a longtanding midtown business, has relocated.  After running a successful and popular business in Colony Square for over six years, the property's new owners (North American Properties) refused to offer owner Tony Roberts a lease renewal and reportedly told him to leave.  Ironically, Roberts was able to secure a new location in Atlantic Station, the midtown center sold late last year by North American Properties to developer Hines.   For now, Tony's is occupying a temporary space near Publix, but will eventually occupy an upper level space on 19th Street above Great American Cookie Co.  The new space will be larger than the Colony Square outpost and should open in six-to-eight weeks.  

The Residence Buckhead Atlanta has been put up for sale.  The sales listing makes no mention of the current occupancy of the two tower residential complex.  

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sprong is a great store with great service. I wish them luck in their new location.

vespajet said...

So Sport Clips is following Best Buy to their new shopping center.....

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately we had to close the Take-Out temporarily due to low sales as a result of limited seating, no liquor license, poor sign visability, and no marketing budget. These factors also made it very dificult to atract and keep qualified staff.

Ummmm...did you do your due diligence and have a business plan prior to opening??? These problems probably would have presented themselves before you wasted all that money. And now you expect investors to buy in - when you can't even spell? LOL

Ham said...

“did you do your due diligence and have a business plan prior to opening???”

Yes, sometimes being a good cook doesn’t translate into being a good business owner.

Anonymous said...

"Ummmm...did you do your due diligence and have a business plan prior to opening??? These problems probably would have presented themselves before you wasted all that money. And now you expect investors to buy in - when you can't even spell? LOL"

Ummm....did you get obtain your business "knowledge" working at fast food drive thru ??? LOL

Coolio said...

"as a result of limited seating, no liquor license, poor sign visability, and no marketing budget"

All of these factors are something you could plan for prior to taking the space. Also, if you watched Shark Tank, you would know that the sharks hate food trucks that wanna be brick & mortar establishments. Duh! Why trade less cost and mobility for higher costs and fixed location? Business 101.

The name is stupid, that business plan was stupid, and it might be time to go get a corporate job after you declare bankruptcy. Darwinism at its finest.

Anonymous said...

"Also, if you watched Shark Tank"

A television show is not a way to educate yourself or to gain business knowledge. Citing them as a reference is comical.

Anonymous said...

The Rising Son rocks. Try the "Hashed Out" but be sure to get to this AE breakfast spot early. The local demand has been so high that the restaurant has simply run out of food early on 2 separate days since opening just a week ago. Also, FB states they are hiring servers, table busters, etc.