Category: Perimeter Business

Massell to give ‘State of Buckhead’ speech Feb. 28

Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell, a former Atlanta mayor, will give his annual “State of the Community” speech at the Buckhead Business Association’s Feb. 28 breakfast meeting. In last year’s speech, Massell called for unity after a bitter political campaign won by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over Buckhead’s Mary Norwood. This year’s event will run 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant, 3368 Peachtree Road. Non-member tickets are $25 and pre-registration is required to guarantee a seat. For more information, see the BBA’s...

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Buckhead CID board leadership changes

The Buckhead Community Improvement District board of directors has new top officers following a January election, according to Executive Director Jim Durrett. Thad Ellis, a senior vice president at the major real estate firm Cousins Properties, is the new chair of the board, moving up from the vice-chair position. He replaces David Allman, the president of Regent Partners, who had chaired the CID since its inception 20 years ago and chose not to run for re-election. The new vice-chair is Robin Suggs, the general manager of the Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls on behalf of Simon Properties. Herbert...

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Wright’s sandwich shop, a Dunwoody icon, abruptly closes

The owners of Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe in Dunwoody announced Feb. 12 the restaurant had immediately closed, shocking a community where the restaurant had been an institution for more than 30 years. Matt Wright, manager and member of the family that owns the restaurant, posted a farewell message on Facebook, but did not explain the reason for the abrupt closure. The landlord of the restaurant’s location at Shops of Dunwoody at 5482 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road said he was surprised by the announcement, but later said Wright told him declining sales led to the decision. A simple “closed” sign was posted...

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New businesses in Reporter communities

  The following businesses recently opened in Reporter Newspapers communities: Advanced Urology 1450 South Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs. advancedurology.com Agency Socialthèque Lounge/event space, Phipps Plaza mall, 3500 Peachtree Rd N.E., Buckhead. agencyatl.com Da Vinci’s Donuts Lenox Square mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd N.E., Buckhead. davincisdonuts.com Dunwoody Place Senior living, 1460 South Johnson Ferry Rd N.E., Brookhaven. pegasusseniorliving.com HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern 1221 Ashford Crossing, Dunwoody. hobnobatlanta.com Saint Laurent Boutique, Phipps Plaza mall, 3500 Peachtree Rd N.E., Buckhead. ysl.com Valentino Accessories, Phipps Plaza mall, 3500 Peachtree Rd N.E., Buckhead....

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A Perimeter Center company aims to build a fast-food empire

A Sandy Springs-based company that began as the Arby’s restaurant chain is creating a fast-food empire, buying up other familiar brands and filling up a new headquarters. Inspire Brands takes on reviving dying restaurants through complete interior refreshes, menu changes and bringing humor to the businesses’ social media, such as Arby’s popular jokes with celebrities, the CEO said at a Jan. 24 luncheon held by the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. The company was formed in early 2018 after Arby’s purchased Buffalo Wild Wings and the regional chain Rusty Taco, and more recently acquired Sonic. Arby’s has been...

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Mall parking lots become prime real estate for new development

As high-density developments continue to make inroads in the once sparse suburbs of north Atlanta, property owners are finding a new area ripe for redevelopment – large, expansive parking lots. Mall owners in Dunwoody and Buckhead are already monetizing their sites and their parking lots with the additions of hotel and office towers, but the future could include residential as well. Perimeter Mall’s owners, Brookfield Properties, got the green light from the city of Dunwoody last month to build two restaurants on nearly 3 acres of a far corner of their massive parking lot on Ashford-Dunwoody Road in the...

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The long wait may end soon for Northside-Gwinnett hospitals merger

After years of delay, the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System may be close to becoming reality. Health care industry officials say the deal is close to approval by the Federal Trade Commission. That approval may come within a month or even sooner, say the officials, who are not associated with Northside or Gwinnett and who spoke to Georgia Health News on condition of anonymity. Both Northside and Gwinnett spokespeople said Tuesday that they were not aware of any FTC decision. The federal agency was affected by the recent partial shutdown of government operations. The mega-deal of...

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Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber joins others asking Washington to reopen government

The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber has joined five other Georgia business organizations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and nearly 400 other business entities from across the country in a message urging the president and Congress to reopen the federal government as soon as possible. In a Jan. 18 joint statement sent to President Donald Trump and members of Congress, the organizations cite a story by CNBC that says the country’s gross domestic product is shrinking by 0.1 percent every week the government is shut down. “The current shutdown – now the longest in American history – is causing significant and...

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18-story luxury senior housing tower proposed in Buckhead

An 18-story luxury senior housing tower is proposed for a Buckhead site across Peachtree Road from the Shepherd Center. The plan, which also involves renovating an existing 10-story medical office tower on the site, joins a boom in Buckhead-area senior residential projects. Dubbed “Heartis Buckhead,” the senior housing is proposed by Caddis, a Texas-based real estate firm specializing in healthcare-related properties. The 213-unit, 278,000-square-foot building would stand at 2045 Peachtree at the intersection with Peachtree Valley Road. Caddis aims to open the building in 2021, but is still in the permitting phase, according to a spokesperson. “This will be...

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Super Bowl brings business excitement, policing boost

The Super Bowl comes to Atlanta Feb. 3, bringing a 10-day football festival that is stoking local excitement about hospitality-industry money, and boosting policing in Buckhead and Brookhaven, while local departments are also sending officers to help secure the Mercedes-Benz Stadium area. Buckhead is expected to be a center of activity, as many attendees of the NFL championship game are staying in local hotels, and the neighborhood is hosting many public and private parties. One of the two competing teams — the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots — will stay at a Buckhead hotel, according to...

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Salesforce gets $2M incentive for Buckhead expansion

Salesforce’s 600-job expansion of its Atlanta regional hub and renaming of the Buckhead tower that houses it came with a $2 million grant as a state incentive. The technology company’s expansion was announced in October and touted in state and corporate press releases as a $12.25 million investment with no mention of the incentive request or offer. The $2 million Regional Economic Business Assistance grant was approved Jan. 8, according to Andrew Capezzuto, general counsel of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and will be delivered via Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency. According to the Georgia Department...

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Dean of Oglethorpe University’s new business school aims to make ‘robot-proof’ leaders

The dean of the new business school at Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe University says the time is right for a set of new academic programs to equip students for a future that will be increasingly technological and global. Dennis W. Kelly came on board last October as dean of the Q. William Hammack School of Business, returning to metro Atlanta after an eight-year stint in Washington, D.C., with the Smithsonian Institution. A $50 million gift — the largest in Oglethorpe’s history — from Hammack, an alumnus and former CEO of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., has made it possible for the 183-year-old...

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