Alpharetta Retail News – September 2013

das Gallery logoAlpharetta will soon be home to a new fine art gallery. das Gallery will open this fall at 2225 Old Milton Parkway in the Sabri Guven shopping center. They will feature contemporary original art in the form of paintings, sculptures and mixed media.

Antique consignment shop The Green Bean Exchange is now open on South Main Street. Alpharetta is the third location for this Cumming-based business.

Bowling

We learned a little more detail about the proposed North Point bowling alley this past month. They informed the city that the concept would include laser tag, billiards and group/party rooms. Also they expect to have two restaurants – a fine dining spot called The Windy City Restaurant and a sports bar called Beyond Chances.

But they’re running out of chances. The yet-unnamed bowling alley is a real similar concept to Mansell Road’s Main Event, which will likely open sooner. Alpharetta’s Planning staff felt the same way, saying in their opinion that “careful consideration should be given by the applicant regarding future success given the similarity of the two event facilities and their proximity.” Such a strong rebuke of a business idea is rare from the city’s staff but completely warranted. This North Point bowling alley may never get off the ground. #gutterball

Main Event hasn’t starting their buildout but I expect that to happen very soon. And Stars and Strikes is still showing a November 2013 opening date for their new location just south of Roswell on Highway 9.

Gas and Beer

Convenience store chain QuikTrip has begun construction on their new location at Old Milton and GA-400. I’m told that their older location down the street will likely close when this new store opens.

Construction will begin very soon on Racetrac‘s new location next to The Collection in south Forsyth. It’ll measure in at 6,000 square feet and will feature a walk-in beer cooler and frozen yogurt. Expect most new QTs and Racetracs to have similar features from here on out.

Growler store Draft Beer Market finally opened this week in Johns Creek. They’re at 11730 Jones Bridge Road where Uncle Louie G’s used to be and will feature the area’s largest selection with 60 taps.

5 Responses to “Alpharetta Retail News – September 2013”

  1. Glen September 12, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Its not Friday, is it?

  2. S Lee Guy September 13, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    This was my retail news column. Restaurant news comes Friday.

  3. Travis Allen September 25, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    …Alpharetta City Council approved the Haynes Bridge / Northpoint bowling alley apparently…which makes plenty of sense…NOT

  4. S Lee Guy September 25, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I predict the North Point bowling alley will never be built. They’d be fools to do this knowing that Main Event on Mansell will beat them to market by many months.

  5. Travis Allen September 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Right? Just seems like overkill and the smallest amount of marketing research would bear the same results.

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