Friday, May 12, 2017

Surprise! Radio Shack to Fade to Black at Toco Hills

Electronics chain to shutter at Toco Hills after all.

The Radio Shack store at Toco Hills shopping center will close May 31st after over 15 years in business.

In the 90s and early 2000s, the 2,145 square foot corner space was home to BackTracks, a used music store. Adjacent to RadioShack, the once popular Gorin's Homemade Ice Cream operated from the 2,059 square foot space most recently occupied by Young Chefs Academy.

In March, Radio Shack stores around the county, including local stores such as Toco Hills, started a storewide sale that employees said was to "clear out all in-stock merchandise to get new stuff in."  The idea seemed improbable with the greater likelihood being that stores be closing for good.

In some cases, Radio Shack stores have re-opened as Sprint stores, selling wireless phones and related merchandise for the Sprint network.  Two of these such stores are former Radio Shack locations in Chamblee Village on Chamblee Tucker Road and in Peachtree Corners Marketplace on Peachtree Parkway.

Currently, the Toco Hills Radio Shack store is offering all in stock merchandise at up to 80% off, with most everything at least 50% off.  There is no news on what may replace Radio Shack, but its corner location with great visibility will likely make it an attractive space for would-be tenants.

To the right of Radio Shack, longtime Toco Hills tenant Chris' Pizza is currently for sale, while the former Young Chefs Academy, to Radio Shack's left, is empty and comes with a patio that could make it attractive for prospective restaurants.

Overall, the center has changed a lot in the past year or so, with many closures and a few new, more "upmarket" tenant signings.

The Local Pizzaiolo, a new pizza shop, is expected to open later this summer as is Spiller Park Coffee,  a popular coffee shop.  Hudson Grille and Westside Market, a local homegoods and antiques shop, are also expected to open at Toco Hills later this year.
In addition to the new tenants, new Toco Hills signage recently went up along North Druid Hills Road. As some locals might expect, its debut set off a fierce debate of whether it was accurate in referring to the center as Toco Hill rather than Toco Hills.

What would you like to see open in place of Young Chefs Academy or Radio Shack at Toco Hills?  Do you miss Gorin's, Linen Loft, Addison Avenue and the many other Toco tenants of yesteryear?  Are you pleased with the recent tenant replacements at Toco Hills? 

Please share your thoughts below.  

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If they were smart they would combine the pizza, shack, and academy spaces into one and offer them to one tenant. That said work has again stalled at what was for a time known as the Blee in Chamblee. Looks like they've abandoned what looked to be a very low budget side of the desk renovation to begin with. Looks like they made the appearance of renovation in order to attract potential realtors and tenants but aren't serious with their investment and just stopped work. Any word on this or potential anchors to jump start activity?

Anonymous said...

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