Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Bits & Bites

VF Corporation Monday announced plans to acquire popular streetwear brand Supreme for $2.1 billion.  The deal, which Denver-based VF indicated would close by the end of the year, nearly matches the firm's $2.2 billion 2011 acquisition of Timberland.  The company, which moved its corporate headquarters from Greensboro, NC to Denver in 2018, also owns Vans, The North Face and JanSport, among other brands.  

A new restaurant called Ruby's Southern Cafe is opening in place of Big Al's Butter Made Burgers in The Shops of Buckhead shopping center at 2221 Peachtree Road in south Buckhead.  Big Al's, which opened in the center in 2015, closed over the summer.   

A new restaurant called The Orient will open in place of Sage Woodfire Tavern (which was before that Houston's) on Powers Ferry Road at Windy Hill Road, not far from Truist Park.  The restaurant, under renovation for several months, recently installed "coming soon" signage, finally confirming its new identity.  

Blue Martini on Piedmont Road near Atlanta Tech Village has opened.  

Andy's Frozen Custard plans to open a second Georgia location, this time in Athens.  The new Andy's - 2180 West Broad Street - will open in place of a former KFC.  Building plans indicate that the roughly 3,100 square foot former KFC will be demolished and a new nearly 2,200 square foot building will be constructed in its place.  The new Athens outpost should open in 2021 and joins the original Atlanta area location which debuted in 2019 just off Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta.  Springfield, Missouri-based Andy's Frozen Custard has about 50 locations throughout the country.  

THE CHASTAIN, a New American neighborhood cafe and restaurant, officially opened Monday in the space that formerly housed Horseradish Grill (4320 Powers Ferry Road) in Chastain Park.  The property has been "reimagined" to include an on-site garden, multiple patios and a to-go counter, among other updates. Helmed by Executive Chef and Operating Partner Christopher Grossman, the restaurant’s menu features a seasonal selection of refined New American cuisine.  THE CHASTAIN will initially launch with morning counter service and dinner service, with plans to add lunch, brunch, and a to-go menu with online ordering, in the weeks to come. 

McAlister's Deli and Your Pie will each open new locations in a recently built outparcel building in the Kroger-anchored Butler Creek shopping center at 3330 Cobb Parkway in Acworth.  The McAlister's, owned by Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands, will be 3,300 square feet and feature a drive-thru with Your Pie, owned by Atlanta-based Georgia Oak Partners, coming in at 2,700 square feet.  

Following the recent opening of Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams at The Battery Atlanta, original ice cream shop Häagen-Dazs has closed.  

A new location of locally owned Reveille Cafe is opening at Matt Town Center in Cumming.  The breakfast and lunch eatery will occupy a 3,330 square foot space in the Publix-anchored center at the 5310 Matt Highway near Banister Road.  The Cumming outpost will be the sixth location for the J. Christopher's sibling concept.  Reveille operates existing restaurants in  Acworth, Alpharettta, Sandy Plains, Sugar Hill and West Cobb.  

Taffer's Tavern has opened its first ever location on Main Street in Alpharetta. Jon Taffer, host of Paramount Network's reality series Bar Rescue, created the concept which he envisions being a powerful franchise operation.  The Alpharetta restaurant "soft opened" October 29 with a "Grand Opening" planned for November 19.  Additional locations are said to be in the works for Boston and Washington D.C., among other markets.   

Big Dave's Cheesesteaks plans to open its long awaited Doraville outpost November 14.  The eatery, first announced over a year ago, was originally expected to open September 2019.  It's unclear what caused all the delays, but undoubtedly cheesesteak fans are excited for the opening.  The new restaurant is located in the Super H Mart-anchored Peachtree Pavilion shopping center just off Peachtree Boulevard at I-285 and joins the existing location on Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta.  

Dunkin' plans to open a new doughnut & coffee shop in place of a former drive-thru only Wendy's at 2525 Barrett Creek Boulevard in Kennesaw.  The small format Wendy's closed early this year, as did another traditional Wendy's on Sandy Plains Road in Marietta.  The Barrett Creek Wendy's was a mere 1,310 square feet and operated exclusively as a drive-thru restaurant.  

Marlow's Tavern has closed at Mall of Georgia in Buford.  The closure, which leaves the Atlanta-based company with 16 locations in Georgia, comes a few months after the closure of the Marlow's at Emory Point in Atlanta.  Both closures are meant to help stabilize the company for future growth.  In addition to the Georgia locations, four units remain in Florida after closures in Orlando and Winter Park.  

Hardee's has closed its freestanding restaurant at the corner of Salem and Flat Shoals Road in Conyers.  The restaurant is at least the second Hardee's to close in the greater metro Atlanta area in just the past few months.  ToNeTo Atlanta reported August 13 that the Hardee's on South Main Street in Alpharetta also closed after nearly 40 years in business.  

NTB in February sold a total of 112 stores to Mavis Discount Tire.  The sale resulted in NTB's complete exit from the Georgia market.  Only within the past few weeks has the change been noticeable with new Mavis signage going up in place of NTB at shops around town.  New Jersey-based Mavis first entered the metro Atlanta market in 2018 with the acquisitions of Kauffman Tire and DeKalb Tire.  The company subsequently also acquired several independent shops in metro Atlanta including Northlake Automotive in Tucker and Georgia Tire Depot in East Cobb.

American Eagle Outfitters will expand and add its Aerie brand to its existing space at Lenox Square in Buckhead.  The new store, expected open during the first half of 2021, will measure more than 10,000 square feet.  American Eagle's expansion is being made possible by the imminent closure of Ann Taylor.  According to a permit filed with the City of Atlanta, American Eagle will spend at least $500,000 building out the new store.  The current American Eagle store at Lenox Square is just under 6,000 square feet.  

Tesla has closed its showroom in the Luxury Wing of Lenox Square in Buckhead.  

H. Stockton and Stuart Weitzman both remain closed in the Luxury Wing at Lenox Square following a water leak from above the two stores over the summer.  Both stores appear far from reopening.  

Beretta has opened a pop-up store at Lenox Square in Buckhead.  The store, located in the former DVF, is located on main mall level between the former Microsoft store and David Yurman.  The shop carries "all your favorite Beretta gear" and is slated to remain open at least through December 28.  The Buckhead shop is one of three holiday pop-up stores the company opened.  Other Beretta pop-ups are located in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver and Mall of America in Minneapolis.  

According to a Simon Property Group (SPG) leasing document, luxury timepiece retailer Breitling is slated to occupy a portion of the former DVF space. 

O'Charley's has closed its restaurant on Townpark Lane near the intersection of George Busbee Parkway and Chastain Road in Kennesaw.  The Kennesaw closure comes on the heels of earlier closures in Tucker, Lawrenceville, and Snellville, among others.  

Swiss Watch Expo has relocated from a strip center on Peachtree Road to 315 East Paces Ferry Road across from Cafe Agora.   The shop, which now occupies the freestanding building that was most recently home to the sales center for The Charles, sells luxury timepieces from its store as well as through its robust online presence.  According to the company's website, Swiss Watch Expo is "The internet's leading retailer of authentic, pre-owned luxury watches."   The store carries watches from such brands as Omega, Cartier, Breitling, Rolex and Patek Philippe, among others.  

Women's clothing and accessories retailer Luna has closed its shop at Buckhead Village District and a separate company has acquired the store's merchandise to liquidate from a familiar space. (The same firm previously liquidated the inventory of former Buckhead Atlanta (now Buckhead Village District) tenants Robert Talbot and Kit + Ace from the same space.)   "Selene" has opened in the Piedmont Peachtree shopping center (aka the Disco Kroger shopping center) and will remain in business until the end of the year or until all inventory is sold, whichever happens first.  The liquidator can't use the name "Luna" to publicize the store, so they did the next best thing, naming the store Selene for the goddess of the moon in Greek mythology.  For those unfamiliar, Luna had been in business in Buckhead for many years, first in Buckhead Exchange shopping center, later the Shops Around Lenox and most recently at Buckhead Village District (fka The Shops Buckhead Atlanta). There were once plans for the store to reopen at Andrews (and it's still listed on the center's siteplan), but sources close to the retailer say those plans have long since been abandoned.  The Selene space, located in a roughly 2,000 square foot suite in Buckhead's "Disco Kroger" shopping center, is full of trendy women's merchandise from such brands as Tom Ford, Blank NYC, Michael Stars, SPANX, Seven for All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity, among others.  Most everything is 20-30% off the lowest marked price with the exception of TOM FORD sunglasses which are 10% off.  ToNeTo Atlanta readers who mention the site at checkout will receive an extra 10% off.  


Anonymous said...

Why would anybody go shopping at Lenox Square or even go near?

I have lived my whole life in Atlanta for 57 years and can't imagine why anybody would go to Lenox Square!

Anonymous said...

That H-Mart area is attracting some good places to eat and a cool pool hall on the top floor.

The O'Charleys closing down was the first place I went to when I moved to ATL in the 90s. I chatted up the barmaid and she agreed to come back to my hotel but froze up when a guy sat next to me at the bar. Turns out it was her husband.

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