If you’re looking for signs of the recovery, this might be it. From small to giant, new retail and entertainment projects are sprouting up everywhere. Here’s an overview.
Shopping Centers – Long vacant stripmalls are starting to find tenants. On the corner of Old Milton and North Point Parkways you’ll find the first new stripmall to be built in recent memory. It’ll be called Twin Oaks and will be anchored by the growing breakfast restaurant chain First Watch.
In downtown, developer Penn Hodge is renovating the “Alpharetta Beach Houses.” You’ll know these as the two old dilapidated buildings on the corner of Old Milton and Roswell Street. They are starting to look nice! Expect at least one new restaurant to occupy this space. This stretch of Roswell Street has the potential to develop into a miniature restaurant row. Pure Taqueria is almost next door and a new tenant is rumored to be coming to the empty restaurant space at 45 Roswell Street.
Entertainment – Top Golf is making great progress on their fancy driving range along Westside Parkway. And a short dogleg right of here will be bowling alley Main Event. They’re renovating the former Home Depot Expo Design Center. And we’re still watching for Three Strikes Entertainment. That’ll be the name of the bowling alley on North Point Parkway. They’ve not started construction but have been going through the motions of getting their building’s elevations approved with the city.
Convenience stores – QuikTrip is making great progress on their new store on Old Milton at GA-400. Once complete they will likely close their older location on Old Milton and Cotton Creek.
Racetrac is building near The Collection Forsyth (fka The Avenue). They’re nearly finished grading the land. Expect both Racetrac and QT’s new stores to be the next generation model of store with expanded offerings like frozen yogurt.
Big Box Retail – Construction on Forsyth’s third Walmart is quickly moving along. Look for them on Peachtree Parkway just a little north of the Target near the Brookwood/Mathis Airport intersection.
Rumors are circulating that the new Costco Wholesale location in Cumming might be revived. Negotiations for the land off exit 15 went sour earlier this year. While Alpharettaians may not visit this location, the hope is that it will cannibalize some of the crowd from the Windward store.
Oh, and there’s that big thing being built on Old Milton and GA-400. You know, with the huge PR and social media push.