Thursday, April 8, 2021

Bits & Bites

After being closed for about a year, On The Border plans to reopen their Alpharetta area restaurant Monday April 12.  The restaurant, located in a freestanding building at 10575 Davis Drive, just off Mansell Road, was repainted, renovated and will debut a new soon-to-launch chain-wide menu when it opens.  The Alpharetta On The Border is one of five in metro Atlanta for the Irving, Texas-based chain. The other Atlanta area locations are in Buckhead, Kennesaw, Buford and Duluth, which according to the company's website is operating exclusively for to-go and catering orders.  

Burlington will backfill the former Stein Mart in the Kroger/Home Depot-anchored Presidential Commons shopping center on Scenic Highway in Snellville.  Sources tell ToNeTo  Atlanta that Burlington plans to renovate the 33,600 square foot space and open it later this year.  ToNeTo Atlanta reported November 2020 that Burlington plans to relocate its North DeKalb Mall store to Briarcliff Village near Northlake Mall where it will backfill an Office Depot that closed last spring.  

Newk's Eatery, which closed last year at Jonquil on Spring Road in Smyrna, is reopening.   Sources tell ToNeTo Atlanta that the 4,570 square foot Smyrna location is now owned and managed by a different franchise group than operated it previously.  Current plans call for Newk's Smyrna 2.0 to open in late April.  

Wells Fargo has closed its freestanding bank branch at 2675 Windy Hill Road.  The 4,540 square foot bank was built in 1972 and sits on just over an acre, according to Cobb County records.  The county appraised the property at nearly $1.4 million in 2020.  The bank site is just off I-75, between existing Popeyes and Chick-fil-A restaurants and not far from Truist Park, all of which likely make the parcel highly desirable.  

In other banking news, Delta Community Credit Union is opening a new Chamblee area branch.  The Atlanta-based credit union, originally exclusively for  employees of Delta Air Lines and their family members, currently operates about 25 branches in the greater metro Atlanta area.  The newest branch, the "Chamblee-Brookhaven" location according to the credit union's website, will open in the Whole Foods Market-anchored Peachtree Station along Peachtree Boulevard in Chamblee.  The new 4,500 square foot branch is opening in place of The Cook's Warehouse which closed in the center last summer.  Work on converting the space to the credit union has yet to begin, but the new branch is expected to open before the end of the year.    

Full service Mexican restaurant Chido & Padre's reopened March 31 on East Andrews Drive in Buckhead Village.   The Southern Proper Hospitality Group restaurant was the only one in the group to "temporarily" close last year with plans - unlike Street Taco in Marietta Square Market, Beni's Cubano in East Cobb, The Big Ketch in Roswell and Tin Lizzy's in The Point - to reopen.

A new WoodSpring Suites hotel is coming to 2310 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. The new 122 room, four story hotel will be built on a vacant 2.81 acre site.  Value oriented, extended stay Woodspring Suites (fka Value Place), a division of Choice Hotels, currently operates more than a dozen hotels in Georgia including ones in Chamblee, Alpharetta, Lithia Springs, Newnan and Augusta, among others.  

Total Wine & More will in May relocate its existing Alpharetta store to a new, larger space nearby.  The current Total Wine, located in a outparcel of North Point Mall, opened in a former CompUSA in 2009.  The new Total Wine will open in the former Stein Mart in North Point Marketcenter basically across the street from the current location.  Whereas the current store is 20,450 square feet, the new store will be 33,420 square feet and will feature a wider variety of existing product lines and some new products, too, according to a store employee.  The Alpharetta and Kennesaw stores both carry spirits in addition to beer and wine, while the chain's other stores - Brookhaven, Akers Mill and Perimeter - only carry beer and wine due to state limitations. 

A new Wingstop is planned for Parkside Shops in Sandy Springs.  The new wing joint will occupy a 1,167 square foot space between Subway and Beard Papa's in the Tuesday Morning-anchored center, a few blocks north of I-285 along Roswell Road.  The Addison, Texas-based chain was acquired by Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group in 2010 before being taken public in 2015.  Today, the company operates nearly 1,600 locations (with aspirations to reach 2,500) and has a market cap of more than $4 billion.  The new Sandy Springs Wingstop is opening a stone's throw from where Buffalo Wild Wings launched their Buffalo Wild Wings GO compact concept this past May.  The new concept more closely competes with quick-serve chains like Wingstop. Buffalo Wild Wings is owned by Sandy Springs-based Inspire Brands which itself is a division of Roark Capital Group.  In addition to the Sandy Springs Wingstop, another new location is planned for Howell Mill Square on the Westside

Nicolette Valdespino of Paris on Ponce is "popping up" this weekend with "Warehouse of Wonders" which promises everything from crystals to cabinets, stoves to sofas, bikes to books.  The shop, located in a converted warehouse at 5305 Snapfinger Woods Drive in Decatur, will be open this Saturday and Sunday from 10AM until 4PM.  More info can be found on her Instagram - @warehouse_of_wonders_atl.  

"EZ One Price Cleaners" has for the third time since its 2013 debut in Atlanta raised its "one price."  After debuting at the appealing $1.99 "one price," the company later raised its price to $2.29 then $2.59.  In recent days the company has raised its price to $2.99 at its locations in Buckhead, Cheshire Bridge and Sandy Springs.  Interestingly, the company still shows an image of the Buckhead location when the pricing was $2.29, on its website, and the website itself indicates the stores at still at $2.59 per piece although they are not.  

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