Plans for another food and retail hub in central Buckhead are coming into clearer focus by way of fresh renderings and news of a tenant signing for about one-sixth of planned retail space.

Ardent Companies announced in March a new food-and-beverage venture called Oxton that will reimagine more than 35,000 square feet of ground-level office space at Piedmont Center, a sprawling property along Piedmont Road considered Buckhead’s largest office park.

The first signed tenant, Scofflaw Brewing Co., will be taking a 5,500-square-foot space that spills into a courtyard area along Piedmont Road, Oxton project officials announced in late May. Beers will include some concoctions unique to the Oxton location.

Ardent Companies

Meanwhile, fresh imagery included on Oxton's new website—and that of Westbridge, a partner on the project—lend perspectives on how the family friendly, adaptive-reuse hub could look and function, just north of Buckhead’s main shopping and hotel districts.

Described as “a symbiotic mix of food, beverage, and wellness,” Oxton will claim the ground floors of buildings 1 to 4 at Piedmont Center.  

Ardent Companies; designs, Square Feet Studio

Ardent bought Piedmont Center in 2021 and announced plans for a comprehensive spruce-up. Both Westbridge (recent projects: Westside Paper, Stockyards, 926 Brady) and Bridger Properties (Krog Street Market, Westside Paper, Empire Stein Steel) are on board as partners. Atlanta-based Square Feet Studio architects has been tapped to lead designs.

Plans call for retail to spill into the office complex’s courtyard, beneath a canopy of mature trees.

Ardent Companies; designs, Square Feet Studio

Ardent Companies; designs, Square Feet Studio

The 3525 Piedmont Road campus includes 14 office buildings spread across 45 acres, where more than 200 companies have a presence, according to Ardent. Recent upgrades include 1.2 miles of walking trails and what the owners have described as “the fastest internet in Buckhead.”  

JLL and Cushman & Wakefield are handling Piedmont Center’s office leasing, while Bridger Properties is tasked with filling retail spaces. 

Oxton is scheduled to break ground in the third quarter of this year. Plans call for the first tenants to start opening in summer 2024.

Find new (and previously published) imagery in the gallery above.


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