Ace Hardware has recently relocated and opened in their new location at the north end of the complex, and the row of storefronts is home to a number of retailers such as Woo Cosmetics, Hollywood Feed, Pero’s Pizza, and Baby Braithwaite. Some shops are open now, while others are still being built out and completed.
At the northwest end of the lot Houston’s steakhouse, a neighborhood staple, continues to thrive despite disruptions and construction taking place in the parking lot. Customers bustle to and from their cars in the crowded and dusty lot, navigating around wheelbarrows and construction equipment.
The big news, of course, is 365 by Whole Foods Market, a sprawling building that dominates the southern end of the plaza. As of July 2018 the external structure has been erected and work continues inside while workers make progress in the lot that will become the front entry and rows of parking.
While an official open date is yet to be announced, there are whispers that 365 by Whole Foods will be debuting their Buckhead location around November of this year. The news is certainly exciting for local residents who can take advantage of lower prices than what is offered by traditional Whole Foods stores, and with this 365 concept they are also implementing a rewards program, maintaining an emphasis on technology and how it can improve the shopping experience for tech-savvy shoppers, all while providing the quality produce, hot and cold bars, and 365 house brand that customers know and love.
Aware of the potential problems for parking capacity in the existing lot, the developers have planned a two level parking deck underneath the building that will be accessible from both Northside Parkway and West Paces Ferry Road. The retail portion of the building will clock it at around 29,740 square feet, and the costs for the project are estimated to be around $4,487,000.
The 365 concept aims to be more appealing to millennials who have until this point been unable to afford Whole Foods characteristically high prices, and that will surely be seen in the design choices that the company plans to implement. Other 365 by Whole Foods stores have incorporated retail space for partnerships with local businesses, and only time will tell which of our favorite independent retailers may set up shop within the confines of the new market.