Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bits & Bites [Atlanta Commercial Real Estate News]

 Wahlburgers plans to open their first Atlanta area location next week at The Battery Atlanta at SunTrust Park. The restaurant, an independently owned franchise of the Massachusetts based restaurant started by the Wahlberg family, is the first of potentially six planned for the greater metro Atlanta area. As of today, the restaurant is planning to open Thursday, July 6th. I sure hope Mark Wahlberg can spare some time in his "Unlimited" schedule and make an appearance at the restaurant. 

Field & Stream plans to open their new Kennesaw store on August 8th next to Dick's Sporting Goods on Barrett Parkway.  The two stores when next to each other are known as the "All-American Sports Center." I first broke news of the planned opening this past November.  Field & Stream opens in place of a former JCPenney Home store. 

Cold Stone Creamery has been added to the tenant roster at the upcoming 365 by Whole Foods Market anchored North Decatur Square shopping center in Decatur.  

A new Krystal restaurant is coming soon to Senoia Road in Fairburn. The new freestanding restaurant will be one of the chain's next generation "clocktower" designs. The new look debuted at the rebuilt Krystal on Cobb Parkway in Marietta this past March. A second location sporting the new design opened in Phenix City, Alabama in May. The new Fairburn Krystal opens alongside relatively new locations of Hardee's, Starbucks, Marco's Pizza, Taco Bell, and Bojangles' among others. Krystal moved its headquarters from Chattanooga to Dunwoody in 2013.  

Culver's has at least two more locations in the immediate Georgia pipeline in addition to plans for at least two others in metro Atlanta. In late August or early September, Culver's will open a new restaurant on Highway 81 West in McDonough. Early next year, Culver's is expected to open a new restaurant at the Tanger Outlets in Pooler, near Savannah. Two other Culver's are planned for the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta

Women's boutique L.A. Green has signed on to open at the renovated Andrews Square in Buckhead. The first L.A. Green opened in Starkville, Mississippi  in 2011. Boutique founder Lauren Ann Cooper recently started franchising the business with the first franchised location having opened last month in Inlet Beach, Florida by a mother-daughter duo, Sandy and Haley Gilbreath. In September 2017, the second franchise, L.A. Green Buckhead, will open in Atlanta, Georgia by McKenzie Jones. The Buckhead store will be nearly 1,800 square feet and will reportedly feature only women's clothing and accessories.  

A new restaurant called Mr. Crab is coming soon to Shops at Heritage Place in Tucker. The new restaurant, which refers to itself as "A Taste of Florida," will feature shrimp, fish, oysters, crab, and crawfish.  Mr. Crab joins newly opened Magnolia Room Cafeteria in the Hugh Howell Road shopping center. 

Smashburger restaurants in Alpharetta and Kennesaw are for sale as "keep or convert" by The Shumacher Group. The restaurants are located on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta and on Ernest Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw.  Each unit is roughly 2,400 square feet and is being offered for $150,000. 

The former Wendy's restaurant on South Cobb Drive just off I-285 was demolished Friday morning after sitting vacant for over a year.  In its place, a new Wendy's will be built that will sport the chain's new, more modern aesthetic and logo.  

Atlanta based healthy eatery Kale Me Crazy opened their first out of state location this past Thursday at Waverly Place in Cary, North Carolina.  Kale Me Crazy, started in 2013 by Yogli Mogli founder Roi Shlomo, currently has nine locations in Atlanta including shops in Inman Park, Decatur, Midtown Brookhaven, Roswell, Virginia Highland, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, and East Cobb. New Atlanta area locations are planned for Larkin on Memorial in "East Atlanta" and the Village Green shopping center on Dallas Highway in West Cobb. The Village Green location will be the first site that puts both Yogli Mogli and Kale Me Crazy in the same shopping center. 

The Just Brakes on North Druid Hills Road at I-85 has been rebranded as Pep Boys.    

Nam Dae Mun, an international farmer's market, is now open on South Cobb Drive in Smyrna. The store officially opened June 30th but is celebrating with Grand Opening specials through July 4th. The new store is the Atlanta based chain's eighth overall and second in Smyrna. Nam Dae Mun opens in place of Publix which "moved" to a new store at Spring and Atlanta Roads in the new Jonquil development this past December 


Greenwave said...

Culvers can go to hell for refusing to open up a restaurant INSIDE THE PERIMETER.

SoGo said...

@Greenwave - Zaxby's started this way. I was at one (maybe in Cumming) probably a decade ago. I was waiting for my food and struck up a conversation with a manager and said that they needed to open some ITP. He said it was the plan, but real estate was much more expensive ITP than the further out OTP areas. Culvers sounds like it's doing the same thing. Looking at a map of Culvers locations, the closest to the city appears to be Lawrenceville. Looks like they're trying to see if the demand is there, that if they located in town (or at least closer OTP like Sandy Springs, Smyrna, etc.), their investment would pay off. To me, it's smart business. May be frustrating knowing Culvers is so close, but not THAT close, but hopefully the wait will pay off.

J Payne said...

Stopped by Wahlburgers today... they are not open yet

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