Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bits & Bites

The original Boogaloos boutique on West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur is currently having a "Store Moving Blow-Out Sale."   The store, which opened in Decatur in 2001, subsequently expanded to TOWN Brookhaven (2009) and Ponce City Market (2016).   A store employee  confirmed that the Decatur store will not be reopening in Decatur and is instead "moving to Ponce City Market." 

Burger King has reopened its location at 1690 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.  The restaurant now sports a slightly more contemporary look and includes the phrase "Flame Grilling Since 1954" in big bold letters on the side of the building.  

Boutique retailer 310 Rosemont has closed its Virginia Highland location. The closure follows the November 2014 death of company founder, Winter Wren Hodges.  Hodges also previously operated Winter Wren, another shop in Virginia Highland, which is now occupied by Callie's Hot Little Biscuit.  Other 310 Rosemont and related boutiques remain in business in Tennessee and Virginia.  


The proposed Starbucks on Peachtree Road in Brookwood Hills is reportedly moving in the right direction but is not yet 100% confirmed.  Given its location and proximity to the BeltLine, the project's plans needed to be reviewed by the Atlanta BeltLine Design Review Committee. 

A new Verizon Wireless store is opening in place of Edward's Pipe & Tobacco Shop on Roswell Road in north Buckhead.  Edward's was previously located on Piedmont Road near Peachtree Road before relocating to Roswell Road a few years ago.  

The Folks restaurant at 1500 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville closed last month after 34 years in business.  The roughly 5,200 square foot restaurant will soon be demolished to make way for a 11,000 square foot Golden Corral restaurant.   

Moe's Original Bar B Que plans to open new location in Roswell. The new BBQ restaurant will open in place of Etris Kitchen & Bar which itself took over the former Franco’s Italian Tavern space in Roswell’s Sweet Apple Village.  There is currently one Atlanta area location of the Vail, Colorado-based chain on 14th Street near Georgia Tech.  Another location is expected to open soon on Bradley Street in Carrollton, not far from the University of West Georgia.  

After delaying its closure a couple times, Double Zero Napoletana on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs now plans to shutter August 6th.  Plans call for a similar restaurant, by the same, but with a different menu, to open in "the first week in September" in place of the former Ink & Elm in Emory Village.  Castellucci Hospitality Group already operates The Iberian Pig in downtown Decatur as well as other restaurants around town.   


Fuqua Development's upcoming "Kennesaw Marketplace," a new center being built near the intersection of Barrett and Cobb Parkways, has officially added a few new names to their tenant list. Aside from previously announced anchors Whole Foods Market, Hobby Lobby and Academy Sports + Outdoors, a number of new restaurants and other businesses have been confirmed.  Petco has been added to the anchor roster. Restaurant tenants will include Burger 21, Freddy's Steakburgers, Menchie's, Newks Eatery, Panda Express, Pie Five Pizza, Smoothie King,Volcano Steak & Sushi, Which Wich, Starbucks and  Zoës Kitchen.  In addition, Sport Clips, Relax the Back, SunTrust Bank, PNC Bank, uBreakiFix, AT&T, Aspen Dental, Cactus Car Wash, Luxury Nails, Mattress Firm, Medalyn Salon and Med Spa. There will also be a separate QuikTrip gas station and convenience store on the Barrett Parkway side of the project. 

"Decatur Crossing," another Fuqua Development project, has also added a few new names to its tenant list.  Joining anchor tenant Sprouts Farmers Market are Banfield Pet Hospital, Dunkin Donuts, Great Clips, Luxury Nails, Pacific Dental, SunTrust Bank, Verizon Wireless and Zoës Kitchen. I've heard rumors of a Chick-fil-A being in the works too...

Both Fuqua developments project "Fall 2016" as their respective estimated completions.

What are your thoughts on the announced tenants for the respective developments?  Is there anything missing you would like to see?  Are you as excited as I'am to have two more Luxury Nails nearby?  Please share your thoughts below. 

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boy Fuqua sure lands some imaginative and creative tenants. I don't know what we'd do without another Mattress Firm and Luxury Nails.

Anonymous said...

I am alarmed to see all these Dental stores opening up, more so than nail salons or mattress shops.

Have that many people lost dental insurance, with the need to have drive by retail dentists in strip malls?

Anonymous said...

I agree. fuqua is awful and lazy.

AJ said...

One can compliment Fuqua's abilities to get big box tenants and restaurants, but their ability to fill out their centers with imaginative and complementary smaller stores is surely lacking. And it's easy to see why - I'm sure it's all about rent. But I'll take a dental place over Hobby Lobby. That place makes me feel dirty - they make Chick-Fil-A seem like they'd get a 100 on HRC's survey! Wish they could've gotten a Michaels - though there may be one close to that development already...

Anonymous said...

Decatur Bikes also moved their location to two stores over. It appears there is going to be some type of pre-prepped food store going in and they may need two spaces.

Highland Bakery in Decatur is also finally making visible progress. Still about 2 months out I would guess.

Anonymous said...

AJ cried - "But I'll take a dental place over Hobby Lobby. That place makes me feel dirty - they make Chick-Fil-A seem like they'd get a 100 on HRC's survey!"

You probably are dirty, and project that image in public. Don't blame successful, thriving businesses on your own insecurities and uncivilized choices. Personal hygiene is important, so please do yourself a favor and visit a dime store dentist closest to you!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! AJ is finally going to a dentist to have his filthy teeth cleaned! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Well AJ you obviously hate Christians. If you have any balls you'd criticize Muslims, but lets face it; you're a pussy.

AJ said...

Wow, all you anonymous people are so brave. Your opinion of me shows how filthy all of you are. If you're such loving Christians shouldn't you "forgive me" instead of spewing hate? Oh wait, that's all your issues - you're all hypocrites. Jesus wouldn't have died for any of you. I don't hate Christians at all. I hate bigots which you 3 (or maybe just one person) clearly have in common with the owners of Hobby Lobby. If only you saw me in public - oh wait you have. We're EVERYONE. And trust me, I'm cleaner and richer than all of you. And have fabulous teeth.

Anonymous said...

AJ you started this pissing contest. No one would have known about your mental problems with successful businesses if you had just kept your opinions to yourself. Bigot - yet another the word that has lost all meaning and impact because of diahrrea commenters like yourself. No one cares that you don't like Hobby Lobby, or Chick-fil-A, those fights are OVER. MOVE ON! WE can blame people like YOU that created Donald Trump. President Trump is YOUR fault. STFU!

Sincerely,
Atheist Poster July 21, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Anonymous said...

AJ lied - "If only you saw me in public - oh wait you have. And trust me, I'm cleaner and richer than all of you. And have fabulous teeth."

Those are some crazy lies OJ, oh sorry --- AJ
Tell mom hello, when she forces you out of bed this morning. She can't stand in the unemployment like for you, too!

Sincerely,
Atheist Poster July 21, 2016 at 3:08 PM
TGIF Thank Goodness It's Friday












AJ said...

Wow - you need some serious help Atheist Poster. Enjoy your pathetic life. Freak.

Anonymous said...

Wait - you folks need to see Peter Theil's speech at the Trump convention. Look it up on biased Google. He is gay and republican and a billionaire and proud to be all but mostly proud to be an American. You also need to see Trump's acceptance speech. This is not off topic it is In response to several posts.

Anonymous said...

Glad the lowest common denominators in life are boycotting businesses such as Hobby Lobby, ChickfilA, et al. It makes shopping and dining out that much more enjoyable for the rest of us. Malcontents are so unhappy and loathe themselves, as evidence from the poster that has highjacked this blog.

Developers seek tenants that are nationally known to draw customers. It is up to entrepreneurs and small business owners to seek out these shopping centers, based on the demographics in which they can be successful, not the other way around.

Silk said...

I wonder if the hobby lobby down the street will close? I just want a kohls!!!

Anonymous said...

Hobby Lobby is likely moving to a better location as they have many of their other stores. Snellville did the same thing as they moved out of an old shopping center & moved into a better location. The company is doing extremely well and expanding opening up brand new locations in markets that demand them.