Just as economic development is increasing in Carrollton, so it is in the surrounding communities in the region. Here’s a summary of what’s happening regionally nearby the City Menus coverage area.
Cartersville: A former Kroger building located at 51 North Morningside Drive near the intersection with Georgia Highway 113 is set to undergo an extensive renovation to become a new PetSmart and Ross Dress For Less. The new retail area will be known as Main Street Point. The project is anticipated to begin in mid-April and complete around the beginning of August.
Dallas/New Georgia: If you live north of Villa Rica, you will soon be able to get your Blizzard on. A DQ Grill and Chill is slated to be constructed at the corner of Villa Rica Highway and Ridge Road in front of the Publix shopping center. The estimated start date for the project is mid-April.
Rockmart: It’s time to “Eat Mor Chikin” as Chick-Fil-A is building its first location for the city. The restaurant will be located at 1500 Chattahoochee Drive across from the Walmart entrance on Nathan Dean Parkway / US Highway 278. Construction is expected to begin in late May.
West Central Georgia
LaGrange: Plans have been published recently to bring a second Dollar Tree to the city. An existing 10,000+ square foot section of the Sawmill Place Shopping Center at 1861 Roanoke Road / Georgia Highway 109, near the intersection with West Point Road / US Highway 29, would be renovated to bring the store to west LaGrange.
West Metro Atlanta
Austell: The city will soon have a second Dollar Tree as the discount retailer has obtained the former Rite Aid building at the corner of Austell Road and Clay Road across from South Cobb High School. Construction is expected to begin in mid-April and last two months. Speaking of the high school, the Cobb County School District is currently accepting bids to build a 31,000+ square foot theater addition on the Clay Road side of the property. Just up the road in the East West Connector district, several projects are either underway or planned. The Racetrac gas station near the intersection of Austell Road and Anderson Mill Road is wrapping up its renovation, and the old Borders Bookstore building in the East West Commons shopping center next to Lowes will soon get new life, being renovated to add a Kay Jewelers store and a Panera Bread featuring a drive-thru.
Kennesaw: One of the fastest growing suburbs of Atlanta is currently seeing an economic development boom. A major retail hub known as the Kennesaw Marketplace is currently being constructed at 1300 Barrett Parkway at the intersection with Cobb Parkway / US Highway 41. The highlights of this project include a Whole Foods Market, Otters Chicken, and MOD Pizza. Just down the street at Town Center at Cobb, Journeys and Helzberg Diamonds are anticipated to undergo renovations in the next couple of months, and construction of a Home 2 Suites /TRU by Hilton Dual Flag Hotel is slated to begin in May on an outparcel just to the northwest of the mall.
Mableton: Austell’s neighbor Mableton isn’t missing out on retail developments. German grocer Lidl has obtained the property at 4730 Floyd Road, across from Floyd Middle School, to build a 36,000 square-foot grocery store. This same company also has plans to build a store in Newnan (read that story here). On the south side of the community, Dollar General has plans to build a new freestanding facility at the corner of Mableton Parkway and Queens Mill Road next to the Impact Worship Center.
Marietta: On the east side of the city, construction is expected to begin in June on a Fairfield Inn and Suites near the intersection of Delk Road and Interstate 75. On the west side, plans for a development known as Parkside West Cobb at 2805 Dallas Highway at the intersection with Casteel Road features a Mellow Mushroom as an anchor to one of the buildings. Inside the Marietta loop, the Walmart Supercenter at 210 South Cobb Parkway is slated for a four-month renovation beginning mid-April. Also, a former retail store in the Harry’s Crossing shopping center at 70 Powers Ferry Road is slated to become a new movie theater known as the Studio Movie Grill. Renovations are expected to begin in May.
Smyrna/Vinings: At Cumberland Mall, DTLR, Journeys, and MAC Cosmetics inside Macy’s are all expected to undergo renovations over the next few months. Elsewhere in the city of Smyrna, fire station #2 at 642 Concord Drive is expected to be completely demolished to make room for a brand new fire and police facility to be constructed, and plans have been established to renovate and reopen the former Emory Adventist Hospital at 3949 South Cobb Drive under the name Emory University Hospital Smyrna. Also, Jonquil Plaza at the corner of Atlanta Road and Spring Road will welcome Newk’s Eatery with construction to begin in late April.
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