Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Bits & Bites

A new-to-market healthy eatery called Frutta Bowls is opening in Fountain Oaks shopping center on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.  The eatery, which specializes in acai bowls and smoothies, is opening adjacent to GNC in a 1,500 square foot space most recently home to Krazy Buffalo's, a wings joint.  Freehold, New Jersey-based Frutta Bowls launched in 2016, and today, via franchising, has ten locations open, nine of which are in New Jersey and one in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  
Interior of a New Jersey Frutta Bowls 
Corner Pizza has closed its Roswell location on Woodstock Road in Sandy Plains Village.  The closure, which reportedly took place in the past week, follows the closure of the center's co-anchor Walmart Neighborhood Market last April The Corner Pizza in Brookhaven at the corner of Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody Road in a former Domino's, remains open.  

North Georgia Premium Outlets will soon welcome two new retailers.  Home furnishings retailer Z Gallerie plans to open in early spring in a 10,160 square foot store.  This will mark the chain's third location in Georgia, joining existing stores at Atlantic Station and Perimeter Mall. 

Set to open in March, southern shop Palmetto Moon specializes in clothing, home goods, collegiate gear and accessories from brands including Simply Southern, YETI, True Grit and more. The 6,725 square-foot store will be located near American Eagle Outfitters and will be the brand’s third location in Georgia.  The South Carolina-based retailer has existing Georgia locations in Augusta Mall in Augusta and at Tanger Outlets Savannah.  

Inspire Brands was unveiled Monday as the new name of the Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings and R Taco umbrella company.   Paul Brown, formerly CEO of Arby's, will be CEO of Inspire.  Atlanta-based Arby's acquired Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings and R Taco this past November in a deal valued at nearly $3 billion.  All three concepts, along with FOCUS Brands (Moe's Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky's, Carvel etc) and Corner Bakery, Jimmy Johns, among others, are owned by Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group.  

Kroger has officially opened their newest bar, "Krobar" as it's called by many, at its Brookhaven store on Peachtree Road in Cherokee Plaza. The bar, located at the front of the store, offers assorted beer and wine to be consumed before or after a grocery trip.   Kroger operates existing bars in their stores on Glenwood Avenue in southwest Atlanta, off Lindbergh Drive near the Lindbergh MARTA station, off North Decatur Road near Decatur, and at their Marketplace store in Cartersville.  

Poke Nooke opened February 6 at Chastain Square in north Buckhead.  The new poke eatery, which replaced the short-lived Filo's Greek Grill, was opened by the husband and wife team behind Zero C Frozen Yogurt in Duluth.  

Women's boutique Tootsies is expected to reopen later today in their new space at Peachtree Road and Grandview Avenue in the renovated Buckhead Exchange shopping center.  ToNeTo Atlanta first broke news of the the Houston- based retailer's plans to leave their long time home in Shops Around Lenox last November.  We later revealed that home furnishings retailer West Elm would open in place of the clothing retailer at Shops Around Lenox.  The former Tootsies is a reported 12,000 square feet, whereas the new location is 7,000 square feet.   

Big Peach Running Co. has signed on to open at the new 365 by Whole Foods Market anchored North Decatur Square shopping center.  The Atlanta-based footwear retailer will occupy a nearly 2,100 square foot space between Bishops Barbershop and Tin Drum Asian Kitchen.  The new Big Peach will reportedly be a relocation of the company's existing Decatur store on East Trinity Place near Eddie's Attic, behind Atlanta newcomer Steel City Pops.  Big Peach operates other Atlanta stores in Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Kennesaw, Marietta, Midtown and Suwanee.   North Decatur Square, at the corner of North Decatur Road and Church Street, will also be home to host of other tenants including Jason's Deli, gusto!, Cold Stone Creamery, Club Pilates and Hollywood Feed.  The center is expected to open later this year.  

Chipotle Mexican Grill's Buckhead location on Piedmont and Lenox Roads near Atlanta Tech Village remained closed Tuesday following an early morning accident on January 31. A drunk 23 year old male hit a utility pole outside Chipotle, among other things that have reportedly left the restaurant with persistent power problems.  A Chipotle representative responded to our inquiry via Twitter saying they would reopen Thursday.  

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tootsie's installed reserved parking signs yesterday, at least 5-6, in what is a small parking lot that is already used every evening for Storico Fresco and SculptHouse.... The signs say parking for Tootsie's only until 7 p.m. I'd like to see how long that lasts.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Kroger's new Krobar, you are obviously referring to their location on Peachtree Road (Cherokee Plaza), and not the one on Buford Highway. [It's still difficult for many of us old timers to get used to the fact that part of Buford Highway is now in Brookhaven.]

Anonymous said...

The shopping center puts those reserved parking signs in not the retailer.