Thursday, April 6, 2017

Duck Donuts Destined for Druid Hills

Toco Hills nabs new donut joint. 

Duck Donuts, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania based donut franchise which I announced last week was coming to both Buckhead and Alpharetta, has now confirmed a new lease in Toco Hills.  The new Duck Donuts will be located between Taziki's and Menchies in the Publix-anchored Toco Hills Promenade shopping center on North Druid Hills Road.  

A typical Duck Donuts menu consists of about a dozen or so donut flavors with additional "topping" and "drizzle" options. Duck Donuts differentiates their donuts as "warm, delicious & made to order."

The Duck Donuts at Toco Hills will be about 1,800 square feet and should open later this fall.  

In Toco Hills, Duck Donuts will compete with an existing and popular freestanding Dunkin' Donuts franchise at the corner of LaVista & North Druid Hills Roads.  Additionally, an inline location of Atlanta based donut shop Sublime Doughnuts opened about a year ago at North Druid Hills & Briarcliff Roads in The Village at Druid Hills shopping center.  

Duck Donuts marks the first new confirmed tenant in the Publix portion of the Toco Hills property this year.  Edens, who owns both the Publix and Office Depot portions of Toco Hills, has replaced or is in the process of replacing a number of popular tenants from the Office Depot anchored portion.  (The Pike and Kroger portion of the center remains owned by the Shepherd family, who originally developed the property.)  

Learning Express, an educational kids' toy store, shuttered its Toco Hills Promenade location March 27th.

The Local Pizzaiolo, a new fast casual pizza restaurant, is slated to open in place of the former Toco Hills Coin Laundry later this summer.  Hudson Grille expects to open later this fall in place of Famous Pub, while Spiller Park Coffee will open in place of a portion of the former Shoe Center later this year.  

Petite Auberge, a Toco Hills mainstay since 1974, closed at Toco Hills at the end of last year, and "merged" with Violette on Clairmont Road. Young Chefs Academy, a popular children's cooking class franchise, "moved" its popular Toco Hills location to Buckhead's Howell Mill Village earlier this year. 

The Nearly New Shop will close April 30th, while the Georgia Department of Labor expects to relocate soon to a temporary location near North DeKalb Mall.  

What is your favorite place for donuts in metro Atlanta?  Are you enjoying the changes at Toco Hills and are you looking forward to the new options?  What else would you like to see open at Toco Hills?

Please share your thoughts below. 


Anonymous said...

Sort of ballsy for a donut shop to go inline tucked in a center behind a Dunkin Donuts on the hard corner.

My favorite donuts are at Charlie's Donut truck along 30A near Alys Beach/Rosemary/Seacrest. I did visit Sublime after it opened on N. Druid and my donut was delicious.

fbenario said...

"behind a Dunkin Donuts on the hard corner"

Why do you say 'behind'? Neither Toco Hills nor Duck is remotely behind anything at all, other than a gas station. Dunkin Donuts is over 1/3 mile away from Duck. You must not be very familiar with the area, are you?

Anonymous said...

@fbenario - I went to Briarcliff High School, bought my baseball and football gear for BCS at Hickcocks Sporting Goods (and when we won we got hamburgers at the McDonalds which later became a Blimpie/dry cleaner), bought my shoes from Alfred, candy at Ben Franklin, prescriptions at Drug Emporium, watched movies at the Theater (and ate TCBY afterward), played games at Cosmos, worked at A&P and Outback, ate at New China, bought kegs at Giant, drank at Famous and Maggies, got my hair cut by Reggie and framed my newspapers at Toco Hills Framing.

So yeah, I'm kind of familiar with the location.

I'm also in commercial real estate and having no road frontage is a really bad thing. Also, drivers coming north on North Druid Hills or either direction on Lavista will pass the Dunkin on the corner before hunting for Duck. When I was in 8th grade, for cross country practice, we had to run to the Dunkin Donuts and back. Sometimes we would grab a donut at the turn. I doubt we would have run the extra "1/3 mile" to Ducks.

fbenario said...

As I said before, "Why do you say 'behind'? Neither Toco Hills nor Duck is remotely behind anything at all, other than a gas station."

Anonymous said...

It's semantics.
Dunkin is beachfront and Duck is gonna be second row.

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