Friday, February 3, 2017

Zoës Kitchen and Tin Drum Among Tenants Coming to New Sandy Springs Center

Sandy Springs center secures first group of tenants.
The Plaza at City Springs, the new center coming to Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, has leases signed with a number of quick-serve restaurants as well as a few service providers.


Atlanta-based Arris Realty Partners (formerly Ben Carter Properties) is planning the approximately 27,000 square foot retail center.   The development will be comprised of three separate buildings and about 160 surface parking spaces over 3.5 acres.  The center is "two blocks north of 285, on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs."   The complex will span Roswell Road, between Allen Road and Cliftwood Drive.  While McCullough Auto Care (A NAPA facility) at Allen Road and a Shell gas station at Cliftwood Drive will remain, everything between them has been demolished for the new development. The most significant demolition was of the American Pie (later Cocktail Cove) restaurant and bar.  


The Plaza at City Springs will sit in front of The Cliftwood, a newly built, approximately 250 unit "luxury" apartment complex.  The Cliftwood is actively leasing with studio units starting at about $1,400 per month up to three bed, two bath units at nearly $2,700 per month.  

The tenants in The Plaza are to include a number of expanding local, and regional chains.  

Zoës Kitchen will open in a 2,800 square foot space and is the previously mentioned "Mediterranean-focused quick serve restaurant."  Started in Birmingham and now based in Plano, Zoës entered the Atlanta market in 2009 and today has more than fifteen locations in the greater metro Atlanta area.  The newest Zoës in metro Atlanta include those in Kennesaw Marketplace and Sugarloaf Marketplace.  Another is coming soon to Parkside West Cobb.  

Tropical Smoothie Cafe will open in a 1,600 square foot space while Tin Drum Asian Kitchen will open in a 2,000 square foot space.  Both concepts are part of the he BIP Franchise Accelerator, a division of BIP Capital, an Atlanta-based venture capital firm.  Tropical Smoothie Cafe, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, is riding the wave of renewed interest in the brand.  Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, which recently rebranded after earlier being known as Tin Drum Asiacafe, is also trying to expand again after experiencing a number of store closures and a mini brand identity crisis of sorts. 

Tropical Smoothie Cafe recently opened new locations in Kennesaw and Brookhaven with another two planned for Midtown and Johns Creek.  Tin Drum recently opened its newest location in Ashley Park in Newnan.  

Noire NailSage Dental and Joann Cleaners are all also confirmed tenants in the center.  

A freestanding, 2,200 square foot building marked "restaurant" on the property's site plan  is labeled to include a drive-thru and is reportedly going to be a Starbucks.  While I was unable to obtain confirmation of this by anyone at Arris, an employee at an existing Starbucks unit nearby indicated they will be "moving" to the new location in the coming months.  The existing location I contacted is just north of The Plaza at City Springs and operates out of a mid-century building once home to First Federal Savings, a long defunct Atlanta area bank.  If the "move" does take place, I sure hope the old bank building is saved from the wrecking ball!  

Are you excited for the new additions coming to Sandy Springs?  What else would you like to see open in The Plaza at City Springs?  If in fact the Starbucks does move, what would you like to see happen to their current property?  

Please share your thoughts below.  

4 comments:

Carl said...

Truly horrible car-centric design. Very sad to think that SBUX may be leaving the bank. Are they no longer operating the training center there?

Indi said...

Wow. What a bunch of crap tenants. They couldn't get anything better???

Anonymous said...

Bring back American Pie. I shagged so many birds from that joint.

Anonymous said...

Worst traffic in Sandy Springs. No one will stop there, as it will be impossible to get out or the center. Sandy Springs is developing itself right into a total traffic mess. City leaders seem to want a traffic monstrosity ruling their so-called city center.
Loser tenants as well.