For the second time in as many months, plans have emerged for overhauling a property devoted to auto repair on booming Memorial Drive near the Atlanta BeltLine.
Roswell-based Habif Properties announced this week that two local businesses—Kupcakerie and Supremo Taco—will open new locations in former auto shops at 709 Memorial Drive, where Memorial meets Chastain Street in Grant Park.
Located roughly three blocks west of the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, the properties housed an active auto repair shop and tires business as recently as last year.
Habif Properties, which leases and manages the property, recently completed an adaptive-reuse renovation to allow for new retail. Principal Michael Habif said his company has been active in the neighborhood for 43 years and is “excited to see the continued growth on Memorial Drive and the expansion of these great local businesses” in an announcement today.
Kupcakerie debuted in East Point in 2016 is now under construction on Memorial Drive, with an expected opening in early fall this year, officials said.
Expect a larger indoor-outdoor event area, meeting space geared toward creatives, and gourmet cupcakes, pastries, sandwiches, and coffee from Radio Roasters Coffee in Decatur.
The popular take-out spot Supremo Taco, meanwhile, announced recently they’ll close their current 701 Memorial Drive location next door on August 23 to prepare for a move this winter.
The relocation will allow for interior dining, a full bar, and bigger menu, officials said.
Half a mile away, news emerged last month that Reid’s Body Shop—a Reynoldstown staple for nearly 70 years—was selling its Memorial Drive property to Toro Development Company for a 186-unit apartment complex to be called The Reid, continuing a groundswell of large-scale development in the corridor over the past decade.
Across the street from the auto shop conversion, longstanding landscaping supply yard Cummin Lanscape Supply recently closed its business to consolidate operations to another location on Moreland Avenue.
Cummin reps haven’t returned inquiries asking what they intend to do with the property long-term.
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