When we last checked in on Dunwoody’s new High Street district in April, all nine buildings in the first phase had topped out around the project’s centerpiece greenspace, but they remained very much works in progress.

Eleven months later, the potential $2-billion megaproject that could eventually span more than 10 city blocks has welcomed its first residents and leased more than half of its phase-one retail space, as national real estate developer, operator, and owner GID Development Group reports today.

Development officials unveiled five more tenants for High Street’s restaurant and retail mix in Central Perimeter: Jaguar Bolera, Nando’s Peri-Peri, Velvet Taco, Allen Edmonds, and Skin Spirit.

Those retail signings include a large “eatertainment” space, upscale menswear, and South African fare. (See short descriptions below).

An example of the latest artist renderings for High Street's central green and nine-building first phase. Courtesy of GID Development Group; designs, Dwell Design Studio

Those tenants will join previously announced High Street offerings that include Atlanta’s second Puttshack (a 26,000-square-foot fusion of mini golf and nightlife), plus The Hampton Social (a costal-inspired restaurant), Agave Bandido (a Mexican and tequila bar), Cuddlefish (a sushi concept led by the James Beard-nominated team behind Brush and Momonoki), Ben & Jerry’s, and Sugarcoat (a boutique beauty salon).

With 11 tenants in place, High Street reps say more than half of phase-one retail—80,000 of 150,000 square feet—has been claimed, prior to opening. Additional concepts are in negotiations now.

All retail tenants are expected to open throughout this year, according to the development team.

Meanwhile, High Street’s first residential building, The Brompton, welcomed its first resident earlier this month. Rents start at $1,580 for studios with 555 square feet.

In addition to retail, High Street’s initial phase is set to include 598 apartments total and 90,000 square feet of loft offices arranged around the “signature park,” designed for seasonal events such as yoga in warmer months and ice-skating in winter.

Developers are promising lush, tree-lined streets and an urban feel within walking distance of MARTA’s Dunwoody station.

“We have carefully curated a lively mix of retail experiences, including several new-to-Atlanta concepts and beloved community brands, that weave together the unique urban fabric of this district,” James Linsley, GID president, said in today’s announcement. “We’re enjoying terrific momentum and interest from tenants.” 

Courtesy of GID Development Group

Courtesy of GID Development Group

Claiming more than 31,000 square feet, High Street’s five recently announced retailers are described as follows (edited for length):

  • Jaguar Bolera: From the creator of Punch Bowl Social (locally at The Battery Atlanta), Jaguar Bolera is a next-generation “eatertainment” destination encompassing 21,500 square feet of food, beverage, and entertainment space with activities such as duckpin bowling, foosball, darts, board games, and karaoke in private rooms.
  • Nando’s PERi-PERi: Opening its first location in Georgia, Nando’s PERi-PERi is bringing its beloved spicy flame-grilled chicken and authentic PERi-PERi sauce from Africa to Atlanta. The brand, which originated in Johannesburg, will debut its 3,300-square-foot flagship location at High Street with an 85-seat interior featuring South African art, lighting and furniture, and a patio for an additional 96 guests.
  • Velvet Taco: Velvet Taco will open its third Atlanta location at High Street totaling 2,300 square feet, offering more than 20 taco varieties. The first opened in Buckhead, and the second debuted at The Interlock project three years ago. 
  • Allen Edmonds: Relocating its Park Place location to High Street, luxury menswear retailer Allen Edmonds will open a storefront space with 1,800 square feet.
  • Skin Spirit: Opening its first location in Atlanta, Skin Spirit is described as the premier destination for medical aesthetics and skincare for face and body. The 2,300-square-foot med-spa will offer services such as injectables, laser hair removal, facials, and more in seven treatment rooms. 

[CORRECTION: 9:50 a.m. Feb. 28: This story has been modified to reflect that High Street's Velvet Taco location is Atlanta's third and not second. ]


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