|Spa Sydell at Brookwood Place|
A new Speedway is coming to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Norcross. The new convenience store and 20-pump gas station will be built near the corner of Reps Miller Road and P.I.B., near an existing RaceTrac. Enon, Ohio-based Speedway is an operator of convenience stores and gas stations with nearly 2,800 locations in 22 states. Speedway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, previously had many locations in metro Atlanta, but they all closed or were converted many years ago. Two local Speedway locations I recall were in Sagamore Hills and Tucker. In Sagamore Hills, Speedway operated at the corner of Briarcliff and Clairmont Roads where today, the station still operates, but under the Chevron brand. In Tucker, Speedway operated at the corner of Lawrenceville Highway and Northlake Parkway where a new RaceTrac opened a few years ago. Speedway re-entered the metro Atlanta market earlier this spring with a location in Alpharetta on McFarland Parkway, across the street from a new-ish RaceTrac. With QuikTrip and RaceTrac leaders in the metro Atlanta market, it will be interesting to see how Speedway fares and in what cities / neighborhoods they are able to secure sites.
The new AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza officially opened this past Monday. The hotel is located on mall property, at the corner of Peachtree and Wieuca Roads, just outside of Nordstrom.
Local nail salon Posh Nails, currently located on Pharr Road, will soon relocate to a new space nearby. The salon's current home, within the dated center in the 300 block of Pharr Road between Fulton and Grandview, is surely being targeted for redevelopment. Posh's new digs will be in a 1,500 square foot space within Buckhead Exchange on Peachtree Road where Kale Me Crazy has already opened and YEAH! Burger is under construction.
I-CE-NY, a Thai ice cream shop, is now open on Buford Highway in Doraville. Similar to nearby ice cream shop and Instagram hotspot 8 Fahrenheit, I-CE-NY offers guests rolled ice cream, a Thai specialty. I-CE-NY is located in Pinetree Plaza, between BoBo Garden and Subway.
Korean fried chicken eatery Bonchon opened yesterday at Fayette Pavillion in Fayetteville. A local reader indicated that the restaurant was not busy on its first day but that the "menu looks awesome" and that the "chicken is really fu**ing delicious."
Scottsdale, Arizona-based Grabbagreen, a quick serve healthy fast food + juice restaurant, is coming to Atlanta. Grabbagreen was founded in 2013 and began franchising last year. The company announced yesterday that they have signed a three unit franchise agreement with Atlantan Lauren Ramsey of Going for Green, Inc. Ramsey plans to open the three restaurants over the next two years with the first location planned for the first quarter of 2017. "As an endurance athlete in Atlanta, I have learned a lot about food choices throughout the years and how they impact my performance," states Ramsey. "Food is medicine and I believe that healthy food choices for kids and adults are the key to physical and mental health." Although no lease has been signed for the first location, I'd bet markets such as Buckhead, Midtown, Dunwoody and Decatur will be targeted for development.
The BeltLine Design Review Committee gave a negative recommendation to the proposal to replace the historic Henri Jova-designed Trust Company bank building with a self-storage facility. The DRC's recommendation to the Neighborhood Planning Unit and the City Planning office is only that: a recommendation. Things could change, but this is definitely a step in the right direction, for those like me who hope to see the building saved. The property owner can appeal if not happy with the decision.