Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bits & Bites

Metro Atlanta's newest DSW is slated to open Thursday April 11 at Merchant's Walk in East Cobb.  The nearly 15,000 square foot store, which ToNeTo Atlanta first reported on this past October, will open in a portion of the downsized Office Depot in the Kohl's anchored shopping center.  The new store is the third in Cobb County for the off-price retailer joining existing locations in Cobb Place in Kennesaw and Cumberland Mall near Smyrna.
In other Merchant's Walk news, the site-plan for the center indicates that Duck Donuts is coming to the former Gigi's Cupcakes between Mirko and Chipotle.  The fresh-made donut shop is listed as the occupant of the 1,350 square foot space but there is no indication on the site or the Donut shop's website as to when it might open.  Merchant's Walk, like Tuxedo Festival in Buckhead and Toco Hills near Emory, is owned by Edens.  The donut shop is already open in Tuxedo Festival and is reportedly still planning to open in Toco Hills, despite there having been no perceptible work on the site in months.

Readers recently inquired with ToNeTo Atlanta on the status of the previously announced Bell Street Burritos planned for Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker.  ToNeTo Atlanta contacted Bell Street owner Matt Hinton about the upcoming opening.  He indicated that the opening is "about three months away," pending [potential] construction delays.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare is reportedly closer than ever to opening their first Atlanta area location.  The Florida-based chain first announced plans for their restaurant at SPX Alley in Old Fourth Ward in 2017 (their Facebook page was created 10/17/17) and indicated they would open in 2018.  After a planned November opening did not happen, a restaurant representative said they were hoping to open in March (2019) but that it was dependent upon "construction regulations."  Now, with hiring at the restaurant in full forces and the interior starting to look more like an actual restaurant, sources tell ToNeTo Atlanta that the restaurant could open as soon as May.  At SPX Alley along the BeltLine Eastside Trail, Hawkers will join fellow restaurants Guac y Margys, Nina & Rafi, Playa Bowls and soon, a second location of Bennett's Market & Deli, among other neighbors.

Elaine Sterling Institute will be relocating from Sandy Springs to Buckhead.  The school, started by Elaine Sterling in 2008, is currently located on Roswell Road just south of Fountain Oaks shopping center.  It will relocate to the former Herzing University on the lower level of Lenox Square in Buckhead.  The space, which Herzing vacated last year when it relocated to Hurt Plaza Downtown, was originally occupied by a single single movie theater.  The theater, which opened in 1963, was later expanded to a total of six screens, but given the terrible layout and poor sound quality, then owner Regal, which had purchased previous owner United Artists, closed the theater in 2003.  Permits filed with the City of Atlanta indicate that about $440,000 will be spent to renovate the roughly 26,000 square foot space.  The Institute specializes in skincare, nail care and massage therapy.  The Institute also features Spa at ESI, where students perform services at a discount.

OfficeMax is closing its store at Brookwood Marketplace on Peachtree Parkway in Suwanee.  The roughly 20,000 square foot store is a junior anchor in the development anchored by Home Depot and a Super Target.  Coincidentally, the center was sold by Weingarten Realty to "a private individual for an undisclosed sum" last week, at which point the center was advertised as 98% leased, including OfficeMax as a tenant.  The office retailer's parent company, Office Depot, is also closing an Atlanta area store.  The 20,000 square foot Office Depot in Medlock Corners on State Bridge Road at Medlock Bridge Road is also closing.  Both stores are currently offering in-store merchandise at up to 50% off and will close permanently May 18.

A new Del Taco is coming to 1714 Highway 138 SE in Conyers.  The new 2,400 square foot restaurant is being built on the site of a former Ruby Tuesday in an out-parcel of Conyers Village shopping center.

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