Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bits & Bites

Tiff's Treats plans to open what will be its fourth Atlanta area location on Saturday June 10th near Cumberland Mall. The cookie shop will open in a former Quiznos Sub space at The Crossings at Akers Mill center on Akers Mill Road across from Sears at Cumberland Mall.  The small center is anchored by Jos. A. Bank.  Austin, TX based Tiff's Treats entered the Atlanta market last year with locations in Alpharetta, Midtown and Sandy Springs.  The company plans to open a fifth location later this summer in Decatur at Fuqua Development's Decatur Crossing shopping center.  Sources say the company is targeting a few other locations in metro Atlanta and that a Buckhead location is "in the works." 

High Road Craft Ice Cream has opened a seasonal pop-up shop at the Whole Foods Market at Merchant's Walk in East Cobb. The shop will feature sundaes, cones, shakes, floats, and even toasted brioche ice cream sandwiches. The pop-up is open every weekend until Labor Day: Fridays noon-4pm, Saturdays noon-6pm, and Sundays 12-4pm. 

New to market quick serve pizza joint PizzaFire plans to open its first Atlanta area location next Tuesday, June 6th in TOWN Brookhaven.  PizzaFire is taking the place of similar concept, Treza, which opened in the center in late 2011 and closed in early 2014.  PizzaFire has plans to open a second location in Roswell.  

Hobnob plans to open their second location at TOWN Brookhaven in mid July. Hobnob's original location is in Midtown where the local eatery occupies a former Caribou Coffee at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive.  Hobnob's Brookhaven location opens in place of Smash Kitchen & Bar, which closed in 2015 as part of the Here to Serve restaurant collapse.  The space was originally occupied by Stir Crazy, a short-lived Atlanta location of the national Asian chain.  

The Wendy's at 2096 Metropolitan Parkway in southwest Atlanta is currently closed as it undergoes what the company refers to as an "image activation" renovation.  This renovation follows similar renovations at other Wendy's restaurants, such as the locations on Marietta Boulevard in northwest Atlanta and on Piedmont Avenue in northeast Atlanta. 

The Roast, a new quick serve restaurant from Whole Foods Market, is slated to open within the grocer's Ponce de Leon store in Midtown tomorrow, June 1st.  The restaurant, which has been in the works since last year, occupies a portion of what was previously Staples but became part of the expanded Whole Foods when the office supply store shrunk its footprint.  The Roast will feature Brazilian fare in a fast casual setting.

There are two new gas stations and companion convenience stores under construction on Metropolitan Parkway in southwest Atlanta.  The new businesses are being constructed at 2461 and 2477 Metropolitan Parkway.  The business at 2477 is slated to feature fuel under the Shell brand name while I have been unable to confirm who will supply fuel to the other location.  

The short-lived Fiorello's in Brookhaven is currently being marketed for lease by The Shumacher Group.  The sales listing indicates monthly rent of $11,000, all in. The listing goes on to state that the 3,800 square foot space has 8 years left on its current lease with an option period available. The seller reportedly invested $600,000 to open the original concept, Brookhaven Provisions, about a year ago.  The closure was reportedly due to a "disagreement with operating partner."  The business is priced at $125,000, which includes all furniture, fixtures, equipment and rights to lease. The sales listing also states, "Seller would consider partnering but only with established very strong group but some upfront fees will be required."

A number of Family Dollar stores are actively closing following the 2015 purchase of Family Dollar by Dollar Tree. The local closures include stores in Northeast Plaza in Brookhaven and on Metropolitan Parkway in southeast Atlanta. Store officials indicated that most Family Dollar stores located within close proximity of Dollar Tree stores will close as part of the consolidation.    

Henri's Bakery closed its popular Irby Avenue location this past weekend and reopened yesterday at nearby Andrews Square.  The cafe also operates a second location is Sandy Springs. 

Retailer VANS Off The Wall plans to begin renovating both its Lenox Square and Mall of Georgia stores soon.

Hobby Lobby officially opened its newest Atlanta area location this past Monday at the new Tucker Meridian shopping center.

Growler and beer market Ale Yeah! closed its Roswell location on Atlanta street this past Sunday, May 28th.  Ale Yeah's Kennesaw location on Lewis Street closed last spring.  The lone remaining Ale Yeah! is located on West College Avenue in Decatur.  

Struggling retailer Payless ShoeSource announced roughly 400 further stores it plans to close in addition to the previously announced 400 store closures.  Six of the recently announced store closures are in Georgia, three of which are in metro Atlanta.  Payless plans to close its stores in the Buckhead Crossing shopping center at the corner of Piedmont Road and Sidney Marcus Boulevard in Buckhead, on the first floor of the Dillard's wing in Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, and at Fairington Centre, just off Panola Road in Lithonia.  The other closures are slated for Calhoun, Ft. Oglethorpe, and Woodstock.  

Archer Paper Goods plans to open a second location at The Battery Atlanta in Cobb county "later this summer."  The original Archer opened at Ponce City Market last summer. The store, which features assorted paper goods and gift materials, is the brainchild of Dan Collier who also owns The Merchant and Collier Candy Company, among other shops. 

Clothing and accessories retailer Michael Kors announced today that it plans to close 100-125 stores over the next two years. The company also revealed that sales fell in its most recent quarter and that its outlook for the rest of the year will be worse than expected.  The company did not reveal the locations of the stores it expects to close.  In metro Atlanta, Michael Kors operates stores at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza in Buckhead, Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Cumberland Mall in Smyrna, North Point Mall in Alpharetta, and Mall of Georgia in Buford. The retailer also operates stores in Augusta Mall in Augusta and downtown Savannah.  Michael Kors also operates outlet stores at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock, Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove and Pooler, and North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville.


Anonymous said...

Fiorellos owners invested 600K and failed twice but wants upfront fees? SMH

Lindsayhayes82 said...

Any info on the "Jima Barn" store going in place of the New Baby Products store on Cheshire Bridge? Just drove by and they are putting up the new sign.

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