Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bealls Outlet Coming to Cobb Parkway

Discount retailer to occupy long vacant space

Bradenton, Florida-based Bealls Outlet (pronounced like Bells) plans to open a new store on Cobb Parkway next near.  The approximately 25,000 square foot store will replace the long vacant CompUSA store adjacent to Target, just north of Cumberland Mall and SunTrust Park.  

I've never been to a Bealls Outlet, but my research suggests it's similar to a ROSS. (Personally, I'm more of a T.J. Maxx / Marshalls  fan, but hey, different strokes for different folks.)  "Most" merchandise in Bealls Outlet reportedly comes from Bealls department stores in Florida (the department store is without a presence in Georgia). This merchandise is undoubtedly augmented by merchandise bought specifically for sale at Bealls Outlet.  The Bealls department store website reflects IZOD, Wrangler, Columbia, Champion and Jones New York as brands offered.  This brand sampling leads me to believe the department store is similar to a Kohl's and in turn the outlet division would likely offer similar wares.  

The Cobb Parkway CompUSA is one of the last few remaining Atlanta area locations of the once popular electronic retailer to remain unoccupied.  CompUSA exited the Atlanta market in 2007 and today no longer exists. 

In Buckhead at the Shops Around Lenox, the former CompUSA space became a number of new retailers including DEKA, Paper Source, lululemon athletica and Bevello.  CompUSA locations near Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody and North Point Mall in Alpharetta both became Total Wine & More stores.  The Duluth CompUSA store on Venture Drive is now a Salvation Army thrift store.  The former CompUSA store in Morrow is today a Sears Outlet.

In Roswell at King's Market, the former CompUSA store has yet to find a permanent replacement. 

Bealls Outlet has over 40 locations in Georgia but only recently started planning stores in metro Atlanta.  A new Bealls Outlet is in the works at Cobb Place, just off Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw.  With the combined Office Max / Office Depot company currently consolidating locations, Bealls may be able to score some prime locations.  

Current plans call for the Kennesaw location to open first followed by Cobb Parkway.  The Kennesaw store is currently being renovated, while renovations at Cobb Parkway are expected to begin in a week or so.  Both stores are expected to open in March or April of next year.  


Anonymous said...

This is good for that area, if anything just because of how run down that shopping center looks. They have torn down the former Ethan Allen building in front of the center and Chase added a branch. Now they just need to clean up all the other crap around it!

Tres said...

I've always thought that Target should take over the old CompUSA space, reopen the skylights, and convert this store into a SuperTarget. Give this old Richway store (the last remaining one to still be operating as a Target in the area) a nice throwback.

Anonymous said...

Kohls blows Bealls out of the water. I would probably choose Ross over Bealls, and I don't care much for Ross. The few times I've been in a Bealls, the clientelle was predominantly 60yo+.

Anonymous said...

I believe Target should move into the new Braves Stadium retail development. A much better location, more visibility and easier access rom the Highway. A design similar to the 2 level Buckhead store would fit perfectly. The reports state that the Braves are looking for an anchor type retailer...I could think of no one better that would ensure a constant flow of traffic that they desire.

Sadlebred said...

The old Ethan Allen and Bally Fitness buildings are currently being torn down.

Atlantan99 said...


Kudos for recognizing the fact that this Target is one of the few, if not the only, still operating within a former Richway that still has the skylights.

Thanks as always for your continued readership and comments.

Atlantan99 said...


The Ethan Allen and Bally buildings were torn down weeks ago and will soon be replaced by two new businesses. I have heard who they will be but am waiting for confirmation. Both will likely be restaurants.

Thanks for your comments and your continued readership.

Anonymous said...

According to Mgr. at Grub, look for BoneFish Grill to open in Akers Mill Plaza next year or so.

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