New Balance Store and Nail Salon Coming to Clairmont / North Druid Intersection

If you’re like us, you’ve been wondering what’s going up in Toco Hills at the intersection of Clairemont and North Druid Hills Road – where the Exxon Station used to be (see above).

Well, apparently Tomorrow’s News Today gave us the skinny back in December

New Balance and a nail salon are reportedly the two tenants coming to the new development at the corner of Clairmont and North Druid Hills Roads on the site of the former Exxon gas station and convenience store.

Thanks to the FFAF commenter, PMcG,  who pointed this out!

Photo courtesy of Google Streeview

Amsterdam-Based “Poké Perfect” Opening In Old Yogurt Tap Space Downtown

From Tomorrow’s News Today

Poké Perfect plans to open the first of three Atlanta area locations in Decatur later this spring.  The new restaurant will open in place of the beloved The Yogurt Tap, a locally owned frozen yogurt shop which closed this past November after just over six years in business.  The roughly 1,200 square foot space is located on Church Street, across from the square in downtown Decatur.
With U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Poké Perfect has one location open in their European headquarters of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with a second coming soon to the city of Utrecht.
Image courtesy of Poke Perfect Facebook page

Report: North DeKalb Mall Costco Plan Isn’t Dead

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Tomorrow’s News Today recently documented North DeKalb Mall’s ongoing loss of national retailers and also had this report on the long-rumored Costco at the mall…

The popular wholesale club has been linked to the mall for nearly a decade with the recent closure of longtime anchor Macy’s said to have been the match that would reignite their interest. I contacted Costco’s corporate offices in Washington and was told that while there is no deal in place, it it is a store the company is “actively looking at.”  There was talk from well placed real estate sources that the deal to bring Costco to the mall was “dead,” but that thankfully seems to be untrue.

North DeKalb Mall photo courtesy of Next Stop…Decatur

Macy’s At North DeKalb Mall Is Closing

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I have also heard rumblings of employees telling customers the store is closing as well over the last few days, but Tomorrow’s News Today has confirmed

As I hinted at in October, the Macy’s at North DeKalb Mall will in fact be closing.  Store employees were informed November 30th that the store will close no later than January 30th, 2016.  Macy’s announced in September it planned to close as many as 40 locations nationwide by late January, but has yet to publicly identify the stores destined to close.
I placed calls to other Macy’s stores mentioned privately as possible closure targets, and each store associate I reached claimed their store had not been informed of any imminent closure.  The stores I contacted included those at Greenbriar Mall, South DeKalb Mall, Northlake Mall, Gwinnett Place Mall and The Mall at Stonecrest.
TNT also still stands by his prediction that Costco will take Macy’s place at the soon-to-be redeveloped, open-air concept North DeKalb Mall.
Photo courtesy of Next Stop Decatur

Is Costco Back On the Table At North DeKalb Mall?

Tomorrow’s News Today is reporting that conditions may finally be right for Costco to execute on their 2008 plan to build a new intown location at North DeKalb Mall.

Nothing is set in stone at this point, but TNT lays out a variety of developments and details that make it seem like a revived North DeKalb Mall could transform to include a Costco in the coming years.

Whatcha think?

UPDATED: Highland Bakery Opening Decatur Location at 315 West Ponce

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UPDATE: I initially missed that TNT linked to a Redstone lease plan that showed the three new retailers and their location in the building.  From the plan, it looks like Highland Bakery will buildout in the western most retail location (also show in the pic above), Orangetheory would build out the center space and Taziki’s would take the eastern spot.

They are also listed on Redstone’s website.

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Tomorrow’s News Today reports that Highland Bakery is one of three new tenants opening in the first floor retail space of “The Place on Ponce” building at 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave.  Decatur would be Highland Bakery’s third sixth Atlanta location.

The site also reports that Orangetheory Fitness and Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe will take the remaining two spots in the building’s retail space.

Additionally, TNT reports that “I Love Juice Bar” is the juice bar looking to open a drive-thru location in the 315 West Ponce office building.  As we reported yesterday, that plan is scheduled to go before the Decatur Planning Commission this month.

We’ve reached out to the 315 folks for confirmation on this report.

Photo courtesy of The Place on Ponce Facebook page

Updated: Fresh To Order Taking Over Old Hola Space

Update: Interesting new info from Decaturish

“No other Fresh To Order is going to look like the Decatur Fresh To Order,” Panos said. “I’m specifically creating a new look and feel for that concept. I’m calling it F3O because it’s so different to the look and feel of our other stores, because it is special.”

Rumors are swirling – according to FFAF – and now Tomorrow’s News Today is now reporting that “well-placed” sources say that Fresh To Order is coming to downtown Decatur…

According to well placed sources, Atlanta-based Fresh To Order (aka F2o) has signed a lease to open a new restaurant in Decatur.  The growing “fine-fresh” restaurant plans to open later this year in place of the shuttered Hola! Mexican Cantina.  The space sits at the high traffic / high visibility corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Church Street, adjacent to Noodle and across from Leon’s Full Service.