Thursday, November 3, 2016

Three Eateries Confirmed at Tucker Meridian

Eateries join committed anchor tenants in Tucker  

Coffee & Bagels, a new co-branded restaurant from Einstein Bros Bagels and Caribou Coffee, has signed on to open at Tucker Meridian in the new city of Tucker.   

Located at the corner of Northlake Parkway and LaVista Road, Tucker Meridian represents the redevelopment of an older, lowrise professional complex.   The center will be anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sprouts Farmers Market, Ross Dress for Less, DSW and Hobby Lobby.  

Coffee & Bagels will occupy a nearly 2,600 square foot space on the LaVista Road side of the project, alongside existing restaurants Folks and IHOP.  Plans call for the restaurant to have a drive-thru but sources indicate that it has not yet received SLUP (Special Land Use Permit) approval.   

Coffee & Bagels represents the first time the two brands have been partnered together under the same roof AND under the same ownership.  Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels previously had a number of dual-branded units in metro Atlanta including locations in Toco Hills (now Einstein Bros. only), Marietta (now Smoke + Duck Sauce & Piu Bello) and East Cobb (vacant).  

German private equity firm JAB Holding Company purchased Caribou Coffee in 2012 and added Einstein Bros. in 2014.  In addition to the coffee and bagel chain, JAB also owns Peet's Coffee & Tea, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Intelligentsia Coffee, Mighty Leaf and Krispy Kreme.    

In researching this post, I discovered that the company has plans to add Caribou Coffee back to the Toco Hills location and rebrand the unit as a "Coffee & Bagels." Caribou left the location in early 2013.   The change is due to be completed early next next year.  The vacant East Cobb location could be an ideal candidate for similar treatment.    

There is already a Coffee & Bagels in Athens at UGA and another expected to open in the coming months at Novare's soon-to-open apartment high-rise Atlantic House.  Located at the corner of West Peachtree & 14th Streets, the tower is being built in place of what was previously a freestanding Einstein Bros. Bagels.    The Coffee & Bagels brand was launched last year in Colorado.

Joining Coffee & Bagels at Tucker Meridian are Newk's Eatery, a sandwich shop started by the founders of McAlister's  Deli, that could give nearby Jason's Deli some competition.  Jimmy John's is also expected to open in the project along with Sport Clips, VIP Nails and of course, Mattress Firm.    

There are a number of other spaces that are "pending" with leases expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.    If all goes well, the first shops should open May/June 2017.     

What Tucker Meridian opening are you most excited about?  Are you surprised to see Caribou Coffee again be partnered with Einstein Bros. Bagels?  What other tenants would you like to see added to Tucker Meridian?  

Please share your thoughts below.  

17 comments:

Ham said...

I have mixed feelings about this development. On one hand it does bring a definite upgrade to a rather tired section of shops/offices. However, I can’t say I’m very excited about any of the proposed tenants.

Anonymous said...

I think Sprouts and the C&B are good. Not sure if the rest is all that exciting. If I still lived nearby, I'd definitely go to those two places.

Next they need to demolish the Northlake Inn and do something with the Steak and Ale.

~mindspringyahoo

Anonymous said...

I am very happy about this. We have so little choice in this area. Can't wait for Newks, Sprouts, Hobby Lobby, Coffee & Bagels & Ross.

Anonymous said...

Very thrilled about this development, especially Newks and Sprouts!!!

Unknown said...

Can not wait for Hobby Lobby!We need a Corner Bakery and something exciting like Cheesecake Factory!!!

Imandy said...

They need to put the colo concept in overdrive. Caribou would kill it in Sandy Springs Einstein and a few other locations. I love caribou coffee I'm glad their sticking with this instead of Peets which they also own.

Anonymous said...

The Norhtlake Inn has finalized plans for a 72 room senior living residence.. It will include a chapel, movie theatre, coffee shop.. just to name a few of the amenities. The back portion if the Inn will be under contract soon with Fairfield Residential who has plans to construct a 210 unit apt. project where the Hickory House is located.. but the Hickory House will remain.. no plans to relocate. The new senior project will be a great addition to what has already been approved in the immediate area. I personally have seen the actual plans and as a 41 year resident living less than a mile from this location and like many others who live in this area have waited for years for something really nice to go into that location. The existing building will not be torn down and the new facility will be constructed using the existing building itself.

jadrie eirdaj said...

I agree with the Cheesecake Factory suggestion and the Ted's Montana Grill would be great here in Tucker!!

jadrie eirdaj said...

I agree with the Cheesecake Factory suggestion or a Ted's Montana Grill would be great here too !!!

KimV said...

So excited Caribou is coming our way! Best oatmeal! Would love a Chicken Salad Chick to join the party and a bakery/dessert place.

Anonymous said...

I'll definitely shop at Sprouts and DSW. Probably the Coffee/Bagel. Never Hobby Lobby. How about a Zoes Kitchen? Some more healthy eating options would be great.

susan said...

which building will remain? The hotel is ancient and desperately needs to be razed. All those buildings are really old

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for Sprouts. It is my favorite grocery store to shop at. All of the proposed stores are a great addition to the area. Go Tucker!

Disneypal said...

I am most looking forward to having a nearby Hobby Lobby :)

jeff a. taylor said...

That vacant East Cobb parcel will have to be re-worked for anything to function in that space. It is in its own walled-off cul-de-sac, apart from the rest of Merchants Walk. If you wanted to use the drive-thru from within the center, you'd have to drive back out on Johnson Ferry. Still, the Caribou always did a decent biz, Einstein's less so, what with Bagelicious in the same center 150ft away. I actually think it would be better to stuff all the Caribou "kitchen" in the old Einstein side, along with a second espresso machine, leaving the first service the drive-thru window only. The Caribou bagel-less food menu is plenty for the breakfast rush.

Sharon Troncalli said...

Very happy to have Dick's, Sprouts, DSW, Hobby Lobby, Jimmy John's and Newt's! I would love to see a Mad Italian restaurant in the area.

KimV said...

Would love to have a Chicken Salad Chick in the Meridien complex. They have recently opened several new locations on the north side of town.