Community thrift store to call it quits after 68 years
The Nearly New Shop, a service of the Junior League of Atlanta, announced yesterday via its Facebook page that it plans to close "in late Spring 2017." The shop, which relocated to Toco Hills from Howell Mill Square during the summer of 2014, was located in an earlier incarnation of Lindbergh Plaza in Buckhead for much of my childhood . In total, the shop has been in existence for 68 years.
The following is the message the organization posted to its Facebook page:
"Attention customers: Thank you for your loyal patronage! After careful consideration, the Junior League of Atlanta has decided to close the Nearly New Shop in late Spring 2017. As the JLA celebrates its Centennial Anniversary, we recognize the great impact Nearly New has had in the metro Atlanta area. The store’s 68-year history is a testament to the dedication of some of our longest-serving League members and to you, our customers. Please stay connected to us via Facebook and email so we can keep you informed of upcoming sales and store discounts. Again, we thank you for your continued support!"
One Facebook member Matthew K. responded to the store's post with the following question: "Did Toco Hill shopping center pressure you to leave in any way?" After 15 hours, the question sits unanswered. While I doubt Edens, (the Columbia, S.C. based firm that purchased the center in late 2015) "pressured" the store to leave, I feel confident that they did not make Nearly New feel welcome.
While it's sad to see Nearly New close, it's not shocking considering the rent increases at Toco Hills following the center's purchase. In the months since Edens purchased the center, a number of longtime tenants of the landmark intown center have closed including Shoe Center, Famous Pub and Petite Auberge. (Petite Auberge, now Petite Violette, merged with Violette on Clairmont Road and has since reopened in their space.)
The approximately 9,000 square foot Nearly New Shop is located beside Spiller Park Coffee, the one new tenant Edens identified it has a signed lease with. Surely, Edens has a far more upscale "high brow" tenant lined up to better complement the hip coffee shop.
For fans of Nearly New, there is one good piece of news in all of this. According to a statement on the Junior League's website, the store may return as a pop-up in the future. Their website states, "After the close, the legacy of the Nearly New Shop will continue through targeted pop-up stores and other impactful volunteer opportunities."
What are your thoughts on the changes at Toco Hills shopping center? What new tenants would you like to see added to the center? What is your fondest memory of Toco Hills shopping center?
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