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Bits & Bites

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

The renovated Hollister at the Mall of Georgia in Buford 
Hollister at Lenox Square will soon undergo extensive renovations.  As a brand, the teen retailer is known for its beach shack front porch entrance, but that concept is being phased out in favor of a more modern approach.  According to a building permit on file with the city of Atlanta, just over $334,000 will be spent on the renovation. An existing Hollister at Mall of Georgia was recently renovated and sports the new look with, among other things, more windows and better lighting.  Hollister’s Lenox Square renovation follows the recent ...

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Cook Out Coming to South Cobb Drive

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Typical Cook Out exterior 
Growing burger chain lands another location. 

North Carolina-based Cook Out, which specializes in “Char-Grilled” hamburgers” and features over 40 different flavors of milkshakes, is coming to South Cobb Drive in Marietta.  Cook Out is also famous for its $4.99 combo meal which includes a sandwich, two sides and a drink. (The combo can be upgraded for a dollar to include a milkshake instead of a drink.)  

The “new” restaurant will open in place of a former Krystal restaurant near the intersection of South Cobb Drive and Pat Mell Road. The roughly 2,800 square foot ...

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Culver’s Confirmed in Canton

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Culver’s is coming to Canton!

I have now confirmed the previously undisclosed location of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin-based Culver’s in Canton.  The new, approximately 4300 square foot restaurant, will be built in an outparcel Hickory Flat Commons, an existing Kroger-anchored center, located at the intersection of Hickory Flat Highway (SR140) and Hickory Road, in Cherokee county.  

The new freestanding restaurant, which will be situated beside Chase Bank, will have a drive-thru and will also provide inside seating for about 100 patrons.  

Culver’s, popular for their frozen custard and signature ButterBurgers, entered the Georgia market earlier this year with ...

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Bits & Bites

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Memphis-based Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, which opened its first Atlanta area location last year in Peachtree Center downtown, is adding a second area location.  The next Gus’s in metro Atlanta will open on Roswell Road, just south of Abernathy Road, in place of both Clay’s Sports Cafe and InstaLoan.  Gus’s will combine the two spaces (1,894 and to 1,925 square feet respectively) to form a single, nearly 4000 square foot space.  Clay’s, a local wing institution for over 25 years, is expected to vacate its current space by the end of July.  A real estate source indicated that ...

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Philipp Plein Plans Phipps Plaza Premiere

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

An example of a $603 shirt from Philipp Plein courtesy of its official website 

New to market retailer opening at Phipps Plaza

Philipp Plein, a 38 year old German fashion designer who admittedly I’d never heard of until this week, is opening a new boutique in Phipps Plaza.  Plein’s first career was in furniture design but he eventually pivoted to clothing with the launch of his fashion brand in 2004.  


The new Philipp Plein  store, which will occupy the former Versace space in the Saks Fifth Avenue wing (Versace previously relocated to the old Juicy Couture in the ...

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4 Rivers to Make Atlanta Debut on Marietta Street

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Rendering of 4 Rivers Smokehouse Atlanta 

Barbecue chain plans Georgia debut

Chef John Rivers of Winter Park, Florida-based 4R Restaurant Group has signed his first lease in Atlanta.  


The first 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Atlanta will be on Marietta Street next to Thumbs Up Diner in the old fire station No. 16.  The fire station opened in early 1915 and was there until 1963 when it relocated to its current 1048 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard location.   

According to the 4Rivers website, the restaurant will be the chain’s 14th location and is expected to open mid next year.   ...

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Zoës Kitchen Bringing Its Food to Buford

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Growing chain enters Buford market

Plano, Texas-based  Zoës Kitchen plans to open its next area location in Buford near the Mall of Georgia.  The restaurant will occupy the former GameStop space at Mall of Georgia Crossing. (GameStop relocated to a similar space, in the same outparcel, closer to Burger 21)  The 2436 square foot space that Zoës will occupy appears to be under renovations. One likely  alteration is the addition of a patio.

Zoës  recently opened a new restaurant in Duluth at Sugarloaf Marketplace near the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Sugarloaf Parkway.  Over the past couple of ...

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MovieStop Putting An End to Its Business

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

MovieStop to shutter all stores
MovieStop, a chain of “Buy Sell Trade” movies and related materials, is closing all of its stores nationwide. MovieStop is headquartered in an office park on Cobb International Boulevard in Kennesaw.   

MovieStop, which was launched as a stand-alone brand by GameStop in 2004, grew to nearly 50 locations before being spun  off in 2012.  In November 2014, Draw Another Circle LLC, a company controlled by  entrepreneur Joel Weinshanker, purchased MovieStop. Weinshanker is also the founder & chairman of National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA) while Draw Another Circle LLC, of which he is ...

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ROC House A Bust in Buckhead

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Specialty fitness facility fails. 

ROC House Women’s Fitness Spa has closed its facility on Piedmont Road in Buckhead.  The spa opened in September 2013 in place of the Aveda Institute which relocated to Brookwood Place on Peachtree.  Former NBA player Larry Hughes opened ROC House, with seemingly no experience in the field, and perhaps bit off more than he could chew.  Make no mistake, I’m not cheering failure, but it is sad to see ill-advised current and former pro athletes sink millions of dollars into businesses that fail.

Although Hughes never reached superstar status, former Hawks and then Cavaliers General ...

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Bits & Bites

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Beauty Master, a growing chain of beauty supply products, is opening a giant new store at Gwinnett Place Mall.  The beauty supply chain will occupy the former JCPenney.  The store will supposedly open “within two months.”  One reader with whom I spoke in preparing this post identified Beauty Master as being like Sally Beauty Supply… but “bigger and better.” Beauty Master has a number of other area locations including stores in at Camp Creek Marketplace in East Point and Greenbriar Crossing near Greenbriar Mall. The new Gwinnett Place store will be the chain’s first in the ...

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Bits & Bites

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Beauty Master, a growing chain of beauty supply products, is opening a giant new store at Gwinnett Place Mall.  The beauty supply chain will occupy the former JCPenney.  The store will supposedly open “within two months.”  One reader with whom I spoke in preparing this post identified Beauty Master as being like Sally Beauty Supply… but “bigger and better.” Beauty Master has a number of other area locations including stores in at Camp Creek Marketplace in East Point and Greenbriar Crossing near Greenbriar Mall. The new Gwinnett Place store will be the chain’s first in the ...

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Halpern Confirms Publix Will Anchor Jonquil Redevelopment

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Smyrna to get new Publix Supermarket. 

The wait is almost over!  The former Jonquil Plaza, which was razed and then left dormant for basically a decade, is currently being redeveloped and has secured Publix Super Markets as its anchor tenant.  Located at the corner of Spring and Atlanta Roads in Smyrna, Jonquil will include a 45,600 square foot Publix, Willy’s Mexicana Grill, 260 apartments and a number of other retail and restaurant tenants. 

Jonquil Plaza opened in 1963 with 14 tenants across 42,000 square feet of retail space and provided 300 parking spaces.  Among the more notable tenants were ...

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Amazon "Pop-Up" Coming to North Point Mall

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Amazon “Pop-Up” shop in San Francisco
Suburban mall to get new to market Amazon store.

Seattle, Washington-based Amazon.com is bringing its retail platform to metro Atlanta.  A new “Amazon Pop-Up” is coming to Alpharetta’s North Point Mall later this year. According to the Amazon.jobs website, the company is hiring for a number of postions at the retail store.  

The job posting for “Amazon Retail Lead Associate” describes the job as: 

“Kindle is the best-selling product in the history of Amazon, and the Device business is one of the most innovative and fastest growing businesses at Amazon. This ...

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Bezoria Branching Out to the Burbs

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Mediterranean eatery opening second location. 

Bezoria, a growing quick serve Mediterranean eatery specializing in falafel, pita and shawarmas, plans to open its second location.  The original Bezoria (originally Bazaria) is located in midtown at the corner of Peachtree & 8th Streets and opened in 2014.  The new location will open in a 2200 square foot endcap at The Atwater, a new center on Old Milton Parkway, across from Avalon in Alpharetta.    

The Alpharetta location, like the midtown restaurant, will be corporately owned.  Bezoria is owned by partners Yogi Patel, Imtiaz Ramzan and Nasser Amer. ...

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Bezoria Branching Out to the Burbs

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Mediterranean eatery opening second location. 

Bezoria, a growing quick serve Mediterranean eatery specializing in falafel, pita and shawarmas, plans to open its second location.  The original Bezoria (originally Bazaria) is located in midtown at the corner of Peachtree & 8th Streets and opened in 2014.  The new location will open in a 2200 square foot endcap at The Atwater, a new center on Old Milton Parkway, across from Avalon in Alpharetta.    

The Alpharetta location, like the midtown restaurant, will be corporately owned.  Bezoria is owned by partners Yogi Patel, Imtiaz Ramzan and Nasser Amer. ...

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Fayetteville Getting New-to-Market Korean Fried Chicken Chain, Bonchon

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

New chicken chain enters metro market. 

Bonchon, a growing Korean fried chicken franchise, has secured a lease for its first location in Georgia.  Located in Fayette Pavilion in Fayetteville, the new Bonchon will occupy a 3,600 square foot space in phase one of the center, near Rack Room Shoes.  

If you are not familiar, Fayetteville is south of Atlanta, about 30 minutes from Hartsfield.  

My Fayetteville area tipster and I were rather perplexed by the choice of location, but perhaps the company is banking on area diners’ willingness to try new things.  

Bonchon is known for ...

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The Battery Atlanta Scores Some New Tenants, Others Sought

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Mixed-Use project making leasing progress 

The Battery Atlanta, the mixed-use component of the new Atlanta Braves project, has reportedly brought in a pinch hitter to assist in the leasing of the project.  Gary Lewis, a nearly 30 year veteran of Simon Property Group, has  been engaged to consult on the retail/restaurant leasing efforts at the complex.  
Lewis, who held a number of executive roles at Simon’s headquarters in Indianapolis, was most recently involved with leasing in Savannah for Ben Carter.  Ben Carter, known to many Atlantans as the guy who had the original vision for Buckhead ...

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The Battery Atlanta Scores Some New Tenants, Others Sought

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Mixed-Use project making leasing progress 

The Battery Atlanta, the mixed-use component of the new Atlanta Braves project, has reportedly brought in a pinch hitter to assist in the leasing of the project.  Gary Lewis, a nearly 30 year veteran of Simon Property Group, has  been engaged to consult on the retail/restaurant leasing efforts at the complex.  
Lewis, who held a number of executive roles at Simon’s headquarters in Indianapolis, was most recently involved with leasing in Savannah for Ben Carter.  Ben Carter, known to many Atlantans as the guy who had the original vision for Buckhead ...

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New Snellville Shopping Center Scores More Food for Scenic Highway

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

New development bringing many more restaurants

A giant new development on Scenic Highway in Snellville is starting to take shape.  Located at the intersection of Pharrs Road and Scenic Highway, the 13 acre site known as “Park Place” is being developed by Swope & DeThomas Investment Group.

The project includes no large retail spaces, instead, it consists of seven freestanding buildings, most of which are being marketed to restaurants.  Another larger parcel towards the rear of the center, closest to the adjacent Home Depot, was originally being marketed as a grocery store but is now reportedly being marketed to ...

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New Snellville Shopping Scores More Food for Scenic Highway

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

New development bringing many more restaurants

A giant new development on Scenic Highway in Snellville is starting to take shape.  Located at the intersection of Pharrs Road and Scenic Highway, the 13 acre site known as “Park Place” is being developed by Swope & DeThomas Investment Group.

The project includes no large retail spaces, instead, it consists of seven freestanding buildings, most of which are being marketed to restaurants.  Another larger parcel towards the rear of the center, closest to the adjacent Home Depot, was originally being marketed as a grocery store but is now reportedly being marketed to ...

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Bits & Bites

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Sweet Cheats, a popular Cabbagetown bakery and coffee shop, is opening a new location in Marietta.  According to the shop’s facebook page, the new location will be in Parkway Center, an office park about five miles from SunTrust Park, off Franklin Road.  The shop serves coffee, macarons, cake pops, cupcakes and other pastries, and also makes custom cakes and cake pops and other baked goods. Strangely similar to Sublime Doughnuts and their “Eat one that’s worth it” tagline, Sweet Cheats’ tagline is  “If you are going to cheat, it better be worth it!”  The new location is expected to ...

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Sports Authority Strikes Out, Closing All Stores

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Unable to find a buyer, bankrupt sporting goods retailer Sports Authority will be closing all of its remaining stores nationwide. 

Englewood, Colorado-based Sports Authority, once the largest sporting-goods chain in the country with stores in 41 states and Puerto Rico, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March with the intention of restructuring.  The retailer closed 140 of its 450 stores in March in an effort to continue as a going concern. After failing to reach agreements with their creditors and lenders, the company was instead sold at auction and will shutter all of its remaining stores.  A group ...

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With Active Litigation Against a Local Small Business, Groucho’s Deli is "Coming Soon" to Atlanta

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New to Atlanta concept hints at upcoming opening

Columbia, South Carolina based Groucho’s Deli plans to enter the metro Atlanta market soon according to an announcement on the restaurant’s facebook page. 

Groucho’s Deli began a “sponsored” Facebook campaign this past week announcing the chain was coming to Atlanta but providing no other details. 

“Groucho’s Deli is COMING SOON to Atlanta, Georgia! We need your help! Tag your ‪#‎ATL‬ friends and ask them if they can guess where we will be! This should be fun!”

Atlanta specific facebook and twitter accounts for Groucho’s were also created but offered no additional details ...

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Bacchanalia and Star Provisions On The Move

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Luxe eatery and gourmet food shop relocating

Star Provisions and Bacchanalia, two of Atlanta’s most well known establishments, are moving from their current home at 1198 Howell Mill Road to a new space nearby.    

Owners Ann Quatrano and Clifford Harrison plan to reopen Star Provisions and Bacchanalia (Litttle Bach will close permanently) early next year on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard.  Star Provisions To-Go will be the only business to remain at the current location. The To-Go business will continue to offer sandwiches, dessert, coffee, and bread with outdoor seating only.

The new Bacchanalia and Star Provisions will occupy a soon-to-be constructed ...

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Bacchanalia and Star Provisions On The Move

Source: Tomorrow's News Today - Atlanta

Luxe eatery and gourmet food shop relocating

Star Provisions and Bacchanalia, two of Atlanta’s most well known establishments, are moving from their current home at 1198 Howell Mill Road to a new space nearby.    

Owners Ann Quatrano and Clifford Harrison plan to reopen Star Provisions and Bacchanalia (Litttle Bach will close permanently) early next year on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard.  Star Provisions To-Go will be the only business to remain at the current location. The To-Go business will continue to offer sandwiches, dessert, coffee, and bread with outdoor seating only.

The new Bacchanalia and Star Provisions will occupy a soon-to-be constructed ...

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