Friday, August 26, 2016

Developer Cashes in on Former Bank to Bring New Tenants to Northlake

This former bank building will soon be demolished
Former Wells Fargo to be replaced by three new businesses

Southeastern Retail Development plans to bring two restaurants and a dental office to LaVista Road near Northlake Mall.  The project, which has been in the works since last year, is finally moving forward.  Current plans call for the new businesses to open late next spring.

The two story, nearly 8,000 square foot former First Union/Wachovia/Wells Fargo bank branch at 4070 LaVista Road will soon be demolished and replaced with two buildings.  Wells Fargo closed the branch last summer and directed customers to their other location, which is literally across the street. (Although a SLUP request from last year indicated the building would be retrofitted, it will in fact be demolished.)

A freestanding, 2,200 square foot building, closest to Northlake Mall, will house a new Starbucks Coffee shop and drive-thru.  The new location will reportedly serve as a replacement of the existing Starbucks sans drive-thru in nearby Northlake Festival.  (The current Starbucks occupies a portion of a former The Sport Shoe.)

A SLUP sign with the other Wells Fargo branch in the background
A separate building, which will be constructed beside the Starbucks, will house an approximately 2,100 square foot Willy's Mexicana Grill and a roughly 3,500 square foot Aspen Dental office.  

Willy's joins existing Mexican quick serve restaurants (QSRs) Chipotle Mexican Grill and Moe's Southwest Grill in the Northlake market.     

Atlanta-based Willy's, which last year celebrated their 20th anniversary, also has locations in the works in Columbus, Cartersville and Smyrna. The chain remains exclusive to Georgia, but with the new locations, the chain will surpass 30 units. 

Aspen Dental, based in DeWitt, New York, has been aggressively expanding its presence in Georgia.  Currently, the company has over a dozen locations in Georgia with new offices coming soon to Snellville and Kennesaw.  

As with neighboring Northlake Mall, the new development lies just outside the new city of Tucker, in unincorporated DeKalb County.  

In addition to this project, and after a slow start, work is progressing at Tucker Meridian, near the intersection of Northlake Parkway and LaVista Road in the city of Tucker. 

ATR Corinth, the new owners of Northlake Mall, have reportedly been getting "strong interest" from various retail, medical and commercial partners.  No details have been announced, but well placed sources indicate that the firm should be prepared to share more details of its vision for the project in the coming weeks.  

Additionally, the new Pollo Tropical, coming to an outparcel of the Northlake Target, is expected to open September 10th. 

Are you excited about these new businesses coming to Northlake?  What other restaurants would you like to see open in the area?  What one retailers or restaurants would you like to see be part of the Northlake Mall revamp?

Please share your thoughts below.  


Brionna Richards said...

- I see half of the Best Buy is gone preparing for there move and the next soon to come business.

- When will Kroger upgrade?

- What will happen to Northlake Festival?

Michelle Akbashev said...

Aldi's is moving into the other half of Best Buy

Risa said...

Where in G-d's little green acre is all this traffic going to go?!?

Imandy said...

Everyone worried about traffic when the real issue is sewage lol the new development in Toco Hills can't even hook up to dekalb sewer due to over capacity. There was a really sad article in the AJC about it.

Anonymous said...

Aspen Dental is not a welcome addition to the neighborhood. They lure customers with "free" exams and recommend unneeded services, particularly targeting senior citizens. They are like furniture companies -- their main business is interest from financing procedures. The complaints against them are legion.

Thomas Walker said...

I have been going to my dentist - Dr. George Andrews in Buckhead - since 1990. I won't be going to Aspen Dental. No opinion on Starbucks. I do not drink coffee. I might go to Willy's.

Anonymous said...

I'm excited about the Starbucks with a drive thru. It will be nice to have a Willys too. I don't think the Chipotle is open anymore.

Anonymous said...

I was mistaken. It looks like the Chipotle may still be open. Saw people going in there on Saturday. It used to be busy all the time but not so much anymore.

Anonymous said...

Who owns the old Red Roof Inn, Steak and Ale, and shopping center with Old Hickory House? That parcel needs to be razed and re-built. With Meridian progressing, I hope the property value increases to the point that the owner feels it's time to sell it.

Anonymous said...

Would like to see Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Sprouts,

Lucy Uceda said...

We really need a good bookstore, pharmacy...I'd love to have a Taco Mac, Seasons 52 ... More like Perimeter. Please, please - that billboard eyesore at the Emmissions/Dental place has to go! We're just so excited about the upcoming changes and improvements!

Anonymous said...

Any word on Northlake Mall?

JAMES001 said...

Very nice I saw the progress on the Starbucks drive thru.

Charles F. Turk Turk said...

Excellent news about a new Starbucks coming.

Anonymous said...

Great to see a new Starbucks wit a drive thru coming. Any new development is always good news!