Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bits & Bites

Following the opening of the new RH Gallery at the Estate in Buckhead, Restoration Hardware quietly closed their store near Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.  The Corte Madiera, California-based retailer once had metro locations in Buford at the Mall of Georgia, Lenox Square in Buckhead and near Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.  Their new 70,000 square foot, six story "flagship" store opened in place of the old ESPN Zone in the heart of Buckhead late last month.  

Plans call for the new Grub Burger Bar to open at Brighten Park (fka Loehmann's Plaza) on February 3rd.  The first Atlanta area Grub opened this past April at Akers Mill shopping center.

Piedmont Minor Emergency has reportedly relocated Piedmont Road, under the Lindbergh Vista apartment building, next to The Home Depot.  

Olde Towne Shopping Center in the 700 block of Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb will soon be demolished. In its place, Northside Hospital plans to build a large campus. Northside's plans are seen by many as a reactive measure to Wellstar who themselves recently completed a huge new campus on Roswell Road.  

Michael's is opening soon in the former Loehmann's at Perimeter Place near Perimeter Mall.  The arts and crafts retailer will occupy the former off-price clothing retailer's space to the right of Target and Ross Dress for Less. Loehmann's closed earlier this year following the company's Chapter 11  bankruptcy filing.   

kmart is closing its Snellville store at Wisteria Village.  The store is scheduled to close no later than January 18th and will later reopen as At Home (fka Garden Ridge). Another former kmart on Buford Highway in Buford reopened as an At Home earlier this summer, as have a few others around the country. 

The Crab Boil has renamed itself The Crab Spot.  The seafood eatery opened last year in "Friday's Plaza" in place of the vacant Friday's.  

Harbour House Pub (fka Harbor Bar & Fish House) has closed in Decatur. The casual seafood eatery opened in the former El Tesoro restaurant space on Church Street in late 2011, but even after a name change, never caught on with the community.  The restaurant's final day was this past Sunday.  

InterContiental Hotels Group (IHG), with North American headquarters here in Atlanta, has agreed to purchase San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.  The deal, valued at $430 million, includes Kimpton's 62 hotels and 71 restaurants but does not include any real estate.  Kimpton is known for their boutique indie hotels and operates under many different names.   Kimpton opened a "new build" Hotel Palomar in midtown Atlanta in 2009, but exited the market in 2011 with the Palomar becoming a Renaissance Hotel.  In Savannah this past May, Kimpton opened The Brice, formerly the Mulberry Inn. IHG plans to expand the Kimpton brand internationally with Europe and Asia likely early targets for development.  


Anonymous said...

kind of surprised about Harbour House, which was busy when I was last there. But we only ate there a couple times: service was slow, food pretty ordinary, and a tad pricey (even with a coupon). I'm guessing that they didn't do a lot of business during the cold months. They fixed the place up nicely, will be interesting to see what's next in that spot.


Amy said...

RH at Perimeter was not in the mall - it was in a strip center on Perimeter Center Parkway and was planned to close when the Buckhead design center opened. Piedmont Health is building out a space on Piedmont at the bottom of the apartments adjacent to the Home Depot (Vista whatever)

Anonymous said...

Restoration Hardware was not in Perimeter Mall. It was in the strip center with Container Store and Barnes and Noble.

Anonymous said...

The new Michael's location in Dunwoody is relocating to Perimeter Place from nearby Perimeter Pointe. Any word on what may be taking their 18k+- sq. ft. space?

jeff a. taylor said...

Olde Towne Shopping Center is a very strange space -- some of it always hopping, many bits sorta abandoned. Then there is the very strange traffic pattern on that corner, like stuff that was meant to be hooked up never was -- seems a medical complex would want to punch out some access to Lower Roswell somehow. Most of all, there is the unintended consequences of Cobb's senior rebate for property taxes -- chunks of East Cobb are slowly turning into a retirement communities, all to be "serviced" by these giant medical complexes. Figure another 10 years or so, and it'll be Early Birds and out-patient centers galore.

SB said...

Piedmont Clinic is opening along Piedmont immediately west of Home Depot in the bottom of the apartment building where the cut through exit/entrance is between Piedmont and Home Depot parking lot.

Atlantan99 said...

@Anon & Amy RE: Restoration Hardware,

You are both correct. This was a minor misprint that has been corrected.

Thanks for your observations and readership.

Anonymous said...

Interesting to me that Restoration went from a medium space in a mall to that expensive Taj Mahal of a building. I don't get how RH is so popular - if you flip through their catalog they don't seem to sell anything that isn't grey or beige. I guess a lot of people like their steampunk aesthetic.

Anonymous said...

Restoration Hardware's stucco monstrosity hurts my sense of design.

When they announced "RH Atlanta, the Gallery at the Estate in Buckhead," I guess I was expecting something that looked like a Buckhead estate.

Instead it looks too much like the Cheesecake Factory.

396 said...

Why does RH look like a Disney haunted house?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard of RH moving to Roswell, near Old Alambama and Holcomb Bridge Rd?

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