Expert’s take on Sembler’s Town: Brookhaven

Are there parallels between Town and Atlantic Station? Town: Brookhaven, Sembler Co.’s latest Atlanta project, is a whopping 600,000-square-foot mixed-use development. The 54-acre project near Oglethorpe University in DeKalb County offers restaurants, retail, and more than 1500 residences (Alexan Brookhaven and The GoodWynn apartments). Town’s largest retail tenants include Costco, Publix, LA Fitness and CinéBistro … Continued

Expert’s update on ‘Streets of Buckhead’ in 2011

Will new developer stick with Ben Carter’s plan? Arizona has the  Grand Canyon. Georgia has the Streets of Buckhead. But is the dust about to settle? What Now Atlanta reported in December that Streets of Buckhead (SOB) was recently taken over by OliverMcMillan, a California development firm. The deal is scheduled to close the end … Continued

Expert explains why Legoland Discovery Center would open at Atlanta’s least ‘kid friendly’ mall

Phipps Plaza Mall scores Legoland Discovery Center but what of the mall’s current and future tenants? For the city’s tourism, economy, hospitality industry, etc., Legoland Discovery Center opening a 32,000-square-foot center in Atlanta is fantastic news (story here). However, the company’s decision to open the attraction at Phipps Plaza Mall in Buckhead is not ideal … Continued

Expert busts the ‘Midtown Mile’ myth

Will Midtown’s proposed retail epicenter, the Midtown Mile, ever be completed? Yes. But it’s not that easy. Midtown Alliance, a business association, published a report in the 90s called “Blueprint Midtown” that discussed the need for a retail centerpiece on the Peachtree corridor in Midtown Atlanta. Nicknamed “The Midtown Mile,” the corridor begins on North … Continued

Expert weighs in on the future of Atlantic Station

How realistic is the new developer’s hopes of an “Evolution?” Atlantic station reminds me of the Atlanta Falcons performance in the playoffs this year: the hype before opening up on the big stage was set only for it to fall flat on its face. As both a condominium owner, member of the Homeowners Association (HOA) … Continued

Why do restaurateurs lease space where previous restaurants failed or closed?

Expert discusses pros and cons for taking over a shuttered restaurant space Restaurants fail for numerous reasons: food quality, atmosphere, service, pricing, high COGS versus percentage of revenue, marketing, and of course location. Many failed restaurant owners like to point the blame to the location only to be proven wrong when a restaurant succeeds in place … Continued