Del Taco is coming to the new Kennesaw Marketplace development near the corner of Ernest Barrett and Cobb Parkways. Cobb county has been an especially good market for the Lake Forest, California-based chain with existing locations on Chastain Road near Kennesaw State University, East West Connector near Sprouts Farmers Market and on Cobb Parkway near SunTrust Park. There are currently nine Del Taco restaurants open in Georgia, with a tenth coming to Centerville (near Warner Robins) later this year. Real estate sources indicate the chain is "very active" in metro Atlanta and there is reason to believe we will soon see even more locations pop up around town.
Although the sales listing make a thin attempt to conceal its identification, Manhattan NY Deli & Bagel is currently listed for sale in Norcross. The business, located on Peachtree Parkway near The Forum, was previously known as Grouchy's NY Deli & Bagel but had its license revoked last yar and adoped the more generic name. The owner is reported moving back to New York. Among the highlights of the listing are "Complete Turn-Key Deli Business – Make Money Day One!" "Quality Deli & Bagel with Annual Gross Sales over $1 Million." "Owner will not sell if you talk to his employees!!!"
A new Aldi grocery store is coming to Cartersville. The new, roughly 18,500 square foot store will replace a former Long John Silver's and two other parcels near the intersection of Rowland Springs Road and M.L.K. Jr. Drive.
"Beltline"/"Murder" Kroger on Ponce de Leon Avenue, previously slated to close in May and later June, is now reportedly due to close August 19th. The dated and controversial store will close and be replaced by "725 Ponce," a mixed-use development that will include a new Kroger on its ground floor. It's unclear what effect the Kroger closure delay will have on demolition and construction of the new development.
Toledo, Ohio-based Marco's Pizza, a growing take-out/delivery pizza shop, is finally in the home stretch on North Highland Avenue. In the works for over a year, the new pizza shop is reportedly on track to open next Monday, June 27th. The Marco's pizza shop opens in place of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Another heavily delayed Marco's location opened earlier this month on Bolton Road adjacent to an Exxon gas station. There are currently over 25 Marco's locations in metro Atlanta.
The three Atlanta area locations of Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles were abruptly closed yesterday following a raid by the Georgia Department of Revenue. The restaurants on located on Peachtree Street in midtown near Emory Midtown, in Lithonia near Stonecrest Mall and on Cascade Road just off exit 7 of I-285. Gladys Knight is not directly involved in the restaurants, and it is in fact her son that authorities are after. Shanga Hangerson, Knight's son, is accused of failing to remit over $650,000 in sales tax and withholding tax. With penalties and interest, the total due tops $1 million. As of last night, authorites had yet to serve Hangerson, who lives in metro Atlanta. Despite the closures, a restaurant representative indicated that the restaurant could be back up and running as soon as Thursday.