ATLANTA (April 20, 2016) – The very place Peachtree Street becomes Peachtree Road in Buckhead is about to look completely different as three long-standing retailers/restaurants and one hated eyesore are about to be demolished.
We knew plans had existed for decades and then more recently for three years to redevelop the stretch on the northeast side of Peachtree from 28th Street to just north of Collier Road, but seeing the demolition permits filed brought it home. If approved, the Commercial Demolition applications filed by Rafael Lawrence of Kimley-Horn call for the demolition of these buildings:
- The Chick-fil-A franchise outlet at 1901 Peachtree Road (photo above). This restaurant is beloved by the Brookwood Hills neighbors who live right behind the property. The Chick-fil-A is so popular that traffic regularly backs up on Peachtree as hungry drivers try to maneuver into the cramped and poor-designed parking lot. There is some hope, though. We hear Chick-fil-A will use a combination of food trucks and street stands to satiate the appetites of loyal customers during the construction cycle. Plus, the outlet will reopen inside the Cornerstone Medical Office Complex.
- Peachtree Road Liquor Store at 1895 Peachtree Road. This one hits home. Owner Bo Wilson has served the local neighborhoods with an incredible selection of brown liquor (my favorite), clear spirits, wine and bee (including a great selection of craft brewery products). Bo also always made sure to offer six-packs in cans so BWH residents could bring them to the pool. Fear not. We hear Bo, who also owns the liquor story at Northside Drive and 17th Street in Midtown, is close to securing a new site for Peachtree Road Liquor a little farther north – on Peachtree Road.
- Peachtree Cleaners, 1891 Peachtree Road. This old-school dry cleaners has been a staple in south Buckhead since 1985. A couple of years ago, Shaq filmed a commercial there. And during the Peachtree Road race, the owners plant several large American flags and had out lollipops to the kids in the name of Muslim-American friendship. Not sure the owners are seeking a new location in the area, and I bet Ivan at The Cleaners down the street would be sad if they don’t.
- Harry’s in a Hurry, 1875 Peachtree Road. This time, Harry was in no hurry. This precursor of Whole Foods used to fuel Caroline (then Hubbard) Wilbert, Erin Moriarty Wade, Jason Kelly, Charles Davidson, David Rubinger and me when we worked at Atlanta Business Chronicle in the mid- to late 1990s. The damn place has been empty since Harry’s closed on Nov. 1, 2001. The only use it served as to house a long-gone SunTrust ATM. It now moonlights as a homeless encampment. Good riddance.