Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Bits & Bites

Tre Vele opened Monday September 20 at City Walk in Sandy Springs.  The new Italian restaurant, bar, and market spans about 5,600 square feet and includes a rooftop patio.  The restaurant, opened by brothers Ryan and Jonathan Akly replaces Three Sheets, also an Akly concept.  The brothers collaborated with chef/partner Ian Winslade of  their Mission + Market restaurant in Buckhead to create the new Sandy Springs eatery.  Executive Chef Giancarlo Ruiz (formerly of Storico Fresco) was recruited to helm the kitchen.  Tre Vele’s initial hours for dinner are Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tre Vele plans to add lunch and brunch shortly after opening.  The café and retail hours are scheduled to be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with plans to offer lunch to-go options alongside the retail offerings.

Blaze Pizza opened its latest Atlanta area location September 14 at Mall of Georgia Crossing in Buford.  The new restaurant joins Chicken Salad Chick as recent food additions to the Mall of Georgia adjacent center.  In a space adjacent to Blaze, Cava is slated to open in less than a month in the former Zoes Kitchen.  Carl Hoover, local franchisee of Blaze Pizza, operates locations in Emory Commons near Decatur, at Akers Mill Square near Cumberland Mall and near West Midtown, behind IKEA at the would-be Kroger-anchored West Midtown Center.  

La Parrilla opened its newest Atlanta area location September 8 in the street retail at Aria Village, just off Abernathy Road in Sandy Springs.  The new restaurant is the Atlanta-based chain's 19th in Georgia and the 21st overall.  

Despite having last year closed at least two Atlanta area locations, both on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is moving forward with a new location at 1475 Carroll Drive.  Here, less than two miles from the new Westside Park, Enterprise is converting a former auto shop into a new rental facility. 

Office Depot will soon close their freestanding store along Peachtree Boulevard in Chamblee.  The store, located at 5300 Peachtree Boulevard, is currently offering up to 30% off all in stock merchandise ahead of its planned November 13 closure date.  According to DeKalb County property records, the 30,000 square foot building was constructed 1966 and has an estimated value of just over $2.4 million. The Chamblee closure will mark at least the sixth in the greater Atlanta area to close this year.  The Boca Raton-based office supply store earlier this year closed units in East Cobb, Hiram, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain and Snellville. 

The NOW Massage is opening its first Atlanta area location in Buckhead.  The Los Angeles-based franchise, which opened its first location in 2015, will open in a roughly 1,900 square foot space in Tuxedo Festival near the corner of Piedmont and Roswell Roads near Chastain Park. 

Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open its new Smyrna store at Heritage Pavilion December 1, according to a recently updated post on their website.  The new Smyrna store, a mere 18,600 square feet, will be the smallest for the Phoenix-based grocer in metro Atlanta.  The Smyrna store marks the second new metro area unit for the grocer this year following the August 4 debut of the Sprouts at The Exchange at Gwinnett, just off Buford Drive in Buford near the Mall of Georgia.  

Publix plans to open its new East Cobb store October 1, according to sources familiar with the grocer's plans.  The new 38,395 square foot store, located near the corner of Roswell and Johnson Ferry Roads in East Cobb Crossing, is situated adjacent to Dick's Sporting Goods and takes the balance of the space of the onetime Kmart not taken by the sporting goods retailer.  ToNeTo Atlanta reported June 17 that Publix has more than a dozen stores in their immediate pipeline in the greater metro Atlanta area.  In a subsequent post, we revealed that Publix is the as yet unnamed grocer that will replace the "Disco Kroger" in Buckhead.   

lululemon is adding a new "pop-up" store to its retail roster in metro Atlanta.  The new pop-up shop is expected to open in the coming weeks on the second floor of Cumberland Mall in Atlanta.  The Canadian company already operates several permanent stores in metro Atlanta, including its flagship at The Shops Around Lenox in Buckhead, Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Westside Provisions in West Midtown, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Avalon in Alpharetta, Avenue East Cobb in East Cobb, The Avenue at Peachtree City, and Forum on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners. 

A new location of Atlanta based cupcake shop CamiCakes is also expected to open soon at Cumberland Mall.  The new cupcake shop will on the mall's main level opposite the "temporarily closed" Starbucks in front of Macy's.  CamiCakes takes over a space developed in 2017 for Carlo's Bake Shop of "Cake Boss" fame.  Carlo's closed in 2019.  The new Cumberland Mall CamiCakes joins fellow Atlanta area locations in Smyrna, Camp Creek and at Lenox Square in Buckhead.  

A new BP fuel center and convenience store is coming soon to the corner of Spalding Drive and Holcomb Bridge Road in Peachtree Corners.  The new BP will replace a former Burger King which closed in early 2019.  Documents filed with the City of Peachtree Corners indicate that there were plans in 2019 for an undisclosed bank to replace the burger joint, but those plans never came to fruition.  Several years ago BP operated a fuel center and convenience store across from their newly planned location, but the former location was later razed and rebranded as a Chevron.   

Scoville Hot Chicken, a concept that debuted last fall with a location in Sandy Springs, will soon double its store count to six locations!  Created by restaurateur Justin Lim, Scoville is largely touchless, with customers ordering at kiosks via tablets.  A product of the pandemic, the concept has thrived with fewer employees needed and an incredibly limited menu with only a few sandwiches, slaw, fries and a few beverage options.  Scoville's first outpost, on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, opened in early December 2020 and was followed the following month with locations in downtown Athens.  A Buckhead outpost followed in March.  Now, three more locations are in the works, with two set to replace short-lived restaurants.  In West Midtown, at 999 Chattahoochee Avenue, Scoville will open in place of the former Red's BBQ.  Other Scoville restaurants are planned near Decatur (Decatur Crossing) and East Cobb (Sandy Plains Centre) where the hot chicken joint will replace former locations of Thai Express and Pita Mediterranean Street Food, respectively, each of which closed after only a short time in business.     

Café at Pharr & sugar benders plan to open a new location in Hammond Exchange in Sandy Springs.  Signage at the Whole Foods Market anchored center indicated that the locally owned café and bakery will open in place of longtime tenant My Friend's Place, a local deli which closed last year after twenty years in business.  The 1,662 square foot space is currently being renovated to suit the needs of the new bakery.  Cafe at Pharr & sugar benders previously collaborated on a shared space just off Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb.  Sugar benders features assorted custom cakes and cupcakes and lunch fare from Café at Pharr.  

Hammond Springs, a +/- 69,296-square-foot open-air retail asset located at the intersection of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs, has new owners.   The center, adjacent to a former Kmart turned Lowe's Home Improvement, is home to Jinya Ramen Bar, Flying Biscuit Cafe, Kaiser's Chophouse and Clay's Sports Café, among other tenants.  Atlanta-based The Simpson Organization (TSO) sold the center to SITE Centers.  Based in Beachwood, Ohio, SITE Centers (former DDR) is one of the largest owners of open-air centers in the country, including several in metro Atlanta such as Perimeter Pointe in Sandy Springs, Brookhaven Plaza in Brookhaven and Towne Center Prado in Marietta. 

Alon's Bakery & Market opened its newest location Monday September 20 at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.  The location, which ToNeTo Atlanta was first to report on in September 2019, has been delayed several months for various COVID-19 related reasons.  The new roughly 5,000 square foot bakery café boasts a Peachtree Road facing patio and close proximity to newly added upfront parking.  The Phipps Plaza Alon's joins the local business's existing locations in Morningside and Dunwoody.      

CB2 plans to open its new West Midtown store this coming Friday, September 25.  ToNeTo Atlanta exclusively reported on the retailer's planned Atlanta return in July, and reportedly having inherited a nearly "turn-key" retail space from prior occupant Bungalow Classic, CB2 was able to significantly cut down on both the time and cost of their buildout.  The new store is located in the Westside Provisions District alongside Anthropologie and Jennifer Balcos Gallery, among others. 

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