Tuesday, July 28, 2020

[TURKEY!] Stars & Strikes Shutters Site in Sandy Springs Shopping Center

Stars & Strikes in Sandy Springs has closed.  The roughly 51,000 square foot entertainment facility opened in late 2013 and quietly closed as of July 6 at North River shopping center (8767 Roswell Road.)  The company announced the closure on their website in advance, but its shuttering seems to have gone nearly completely unnoticed by neighbors and local media.  Exterior signage has been removed from the building and the Sandy Springs location has been removed from the company's website, but signage remains on the center's marquee along Roswell Road and the facility remains listed on the center's website.  
“We are grateful to our dedicated and hardworking team members and loyal guests who have supported our Sandy Springs location over the past seven years.” said Stars and Strikes Managing Partner, Chris Albano. “This decision follows months of working to identify all possible paths to remaining open in Sandy Springs in this current environment. The Sandy Springs location has always been largely dependent on Group sales and event revenue. Unfortunately, the private event environment has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, hindering our ability to operate effectively in our Sandy Springs location.”

When the Sandy Springs location opened in December 2013, it was the Alpharetta based company's fifth overall outpost and largest unit at the time.  The location featured 20 public bowling lanes, eight private lanes, 40 TV screens and a 250-seat restaurant, 710 Grille.

Stars & Strikes continues to operate fourteen locations, primarily in Georgia.  Of the company's nine remaining units in Georgia, several are in the greater metro Atlanta area including locations in Stone Mountain, Dacula/Lawrenceville and Buford.  A fifteenth location is expected to open in September in Concord, North Carolina where, according to a company release, "Assets from Sandy Springs" will be put to use.  
North River shopping center, one of several properties sold by Atlanta's Mimms Enterprises to Stream Realty in late 2015, was once in the planning stages of adding a Lidl grocery store to a large portion of the parking lot, but community opposition led to the grocer eventually abandoning its plans.  [Lidl did eventually sign a lease in City Center Crossing, another former Mimms center now owned by Stream, where it will open in place of a former Marshalls.] 

Are you surprised to see Stars & Strikes close in Sandy Springs? When do you plan to next visit a family entertainment facility like Stars & Strikes?  What would you like to see open in place of Stars & Strikes in Sandy Springs?  

Please share your thoughts below. 


Anonymous said...

Not surprised at closure at all...Let’s just say the awful demographic shift in that formerly glorious corridor, probably wouldn't support Bowling and related pastimes. Sad to see it go... This is akin to Chuck E. Cheese closures for similar reasons.

Anonymous said...

@11:17.....True dat. And these fools keep letting this tragedy occur, while they live in their gated communities. Well I for one, am really sick of ‘Flighting’...gnowhainsayin?

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