Several new grocery stores are in the works for intown Atlanta.
Kroger, Fresh Market, Sprouts and Earth Fare all are planning new locations inside the Perimeter.
The latest proposal comes from Atlanta-based Fuqua Development LLC, which wants to bring a new 82,000-square-foot location of Kroger to a site across from Lindbergh City Center.
Fuqua is also working on an agreement with The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) to anchor a Grant Park project on Glenwood Avenue.
The Fresh Market will open its new store on Riverside Avenue on Sept. 24, the company announced Tuesday. The gourmet grocery will anchor and be the first business to open in the new Brooklyn Station on Riverside.
The shopping center has seven confirmed tenants: Fresh Market, Burger Fi, Burrito Gallery, Corner Bakery Cafe, Zoes Kitchen, Lucy's Gift Boutique and Hair Cuttery. It also has eight more spaces where no tenants have been announced.
The 24,800-square-foot store will be the third Fresh Market in Jacksonville, the fourth in Northeast Florida and the 39th in Florida. The chain was founded in 1982 in North Carolina and now has more than 150 stores in 26 states.
The Kroger Co. wants to develop an 82,000-square-foot store across from Lindbergh City Center and the adjacent MARTA station, as the nation's largest grocery operator looks to put more stores inside the city.
The proposal comes as Kroger also considers a new store in Grant Park.
On both projects, Kroger (NYSE: KR) is working with developer Jeff Fuqua, of Atlanta-based Fuqua Development.
Kroger is rolling out larger store concepts nationally, typically at least 100,000 square feet, as it tries to offer a broader array of inventory to reach a larger cross-section of consumers.
Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua is once again trying his hand at developing a Buckhead retail site nearly two years after the Atlanta City Council blocked his efforts to build a Walmart near the Lindbergh MARTA Station.
Fuqua's new mixed-use project - it's located east of Piedmont Road, north of Lindbergh Drive, and east of Morosgo Drive - would include an 82,000-square-foot Kroger Fresh Fare, 180 senior housing units, 137 detached single-family units, and a three-story parking deck. Land use and zoning changes would be required for the project to move forward.
Earlier this week, Fuqua Development asked Neighborhood Planning Unit-B to defer a vote on whether the land use should be changed for the mixed-use project. We're told that some residents have concerns because the revised project still lacks density, continues to have a big-box component, and contains too much surface parking.
One local developer is hoping the second time is the charm.
Fuqua Development has proposed a 10-acre project near the Lindbergh MARTA station.
The plan includes an 80,000 square foot Kroger Fresh Fare.
"It's the only grocery store that we know of that's really on a MARTA line, I mean direct access to a MARTA line. There's some within 8 or 9 blocks around town but this is really the closest grocery store to a major MARTA line," says founder Jeff Fuqua.
The proposal also calls for 180 senior housing units and nearly 150 detached single family homes.
For well over a year, several communities in Southeast Atlanta waged a battle against a big-box development largely believed to be Walmart.
But the developer behind the project has news: Walmart is out, and Kroger is in.
Jeff Fuqua, of Fuqua Development, has long said a major retailer was critical to the project that he and partner Heather Correa are building on Glenwood Avenue near Grant Park.
"And from the start as well, there was a widespread, but incorrect public assumption that Walmart would definitely be the anchor for the project," he said in an email.
Fuqua confirmed that he was in talks with Walmart but says the company was also negotiating with other retailers.
It's been nearly two years since Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua first shared his proposed suburban-style project in southeast Atlanta along the Atlanta Beltline. During much of that time, nearby residents have feared that a Walmart would be the big-box development's anchor tenant.
But fear not! It appears that a Walmart won't be built near the smart-growth project. Atlanta developer Jeff Fuqua has announced that Kroger, and not Walmart, will likely be the anchor tenant in the suburban-style retail complex located at 800 Glenwood Avenue along the Atlanta Beltline.
The Atlanta Braves have picked their development partners for a 74-acre mixed-use project connected to their new Cobb County ballpark.
In an interview Tuesday with Atlanta Business Chronicle, Braves officials said Atlanta-based companies Fuqua Development LLC, Pope & Land Enterprises, and Pollack Shores Real Estate Group will partner on the $400 million project.
The news doesn't come as a huge surprise, considering the other finalist, a team including Hines and North American Properties, pulled out of consideration this spring.
Leasing efforts are well under way. Earlier this year, representatives for the Braves showed concepts at the International Council of Shopping Centers annual retail convention in Las Vegas.
The Atlanta Braves formally announced on Wednesday its development team for the $400 million mixed-use complex near its future Cobb County stadium. The baseball franchise will partner with a joint venture team that includes retail powerhouse Fuqua Development, office and mixed-use development company Pope & Land Enterprises and apartment developer Pollack Shores Real Estate Group.
Georgia-based Batson-Cook Development Co., a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Kajima, will be an equity partner in the project with the development team and will help ensure construction. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the finalized agreement online on Tuesday.
The Braves want the first phase of the 74-acre Cobb County complex to open along with the new $622 million stadium in 2017.