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Retail Roundup: 2016 Openings Bring Diverse Mix to Midtown

PHOTO: 5Church, recently opened at Colony Square Midtown

In the near term, almost 130,000 square feet of retail space — from more than a dozen new development projects — will be delivered to the Midtown core, growing the district’s storefront offerings to nearly 1 million SF. And it’s filling in fast.

In the first half of 2016, Midtown’s shopping and dining mix expanded with more new openings:

  • Octane Coffee at the Woodruff Arts Center campus
  • Tapas restaurant The Consulate at Ten 10th Street
  • Italian eatery Atwood’s Pizza Cafe at The Biltmore
  • Eye care service Eye Elements at Seventh Midtown
  • Salon Charles Gregory Beauty Bar at 805 Peachtree
  • Insomnia Cookies, Supercuts, and Twisted Kitchen at University House Midtown
  • Bakeshop Tiff’s Treats at Square on Fifth
  • Certified Apple product retailer and servicer Experimac at 800 Peachtree
  • Holistic concept House of Yen at 620 Peachtree Street

At Colony Square, chic new restaurants 5Church and Establishment opened their doors, providing a preview of what’s to come as North American Properties revamps Atlanta’s original mixed-use development, adding space for retail, restaurants, and more — all anticipated to be in place in 2018.

Different Twists on Shopping + Dining Emerge

This year, big, recognizable brands have stepped out of their traditional models to experiment with unique concepts that fit Midtown’s urban setting:

  • Amazon@GeorgiaTech just opened its same-day pickup store in Technology Square, introducing the first bricks and mortar outpost in Georgia for the online retailer.
  • Taco Bell ditched the drive-thru for dine-in with their “Cantina” at University House Midtown.
  • And book-ending Seventh Midtown and Viewpoint condos, Starbucks Reserve —sourcing high-end, rare coffees — and the first convenience-only store for QuickTrip opened earlier this summer.

Incoming: More Restaurants, Retail Announced for Midtown

Midtown’s dining roster continues to grow with a series of recent announcements. The community is hopeful that more will roll in within the next few years to meet the demand of residents, workers, and visitors who want more options, including restaurants, grocery stores, entertainment, and apparel.

Whole Foods Market, complete with a brew pub and cooking school, will anchor Related Group’s development at 22 14th Street.

Other planned additions include:

  • Food hall concept The Canteen at Technology Square
  • Spanish fare Bulla Gastrobar at 60 11th Street
  • New American restaurant Joy Cafe planned for 1100 Peachtree
  • Neapolitan pizzeria MidiCi at 999 Peachtree

Alta Midtown also announced four new restaurants planned for their street-level storefronts:

  • Tacos & tapas restaurant Babalu
  • Olympia-based chain Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
  • Persian restaurant and bar Molana
  • Sandwich shop chain WhichWich

With these announcements, Midtown is positioned to grow its shopping and dining profile substantially. Get a map view here of all the places you can shop and dine in Midtown.

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