Floorplan tweaks and tenant signings are afoot at the next food hall project to neighbor the Atlanta BeltLine corridor.
Stafford Properties, developer of the adaptive-reuse Terminal South, announced this week it’s again expanding the number of food stalls planned in Peoplestown as more concepts come aboard.
Terminal South’s food hall, Switchman Hall, originally called for 11 stalls when the warehouse-conversion project was unveiled in late 2022. That was expanded to 14 stalls in May and now to 18 stalls, ranging from roughly 350 to 730 square feet, according to project officials.
Stafford says three tenants—Southern Grace (currently a food truck), Perfect Seasoning (a Jamaican concept with its first location at Selig’s The Works), and the next location of The Original Hot Dog Factory—have signed on to operate in Peoplestown.
Terminal South’s location is expected to be the final stop on MARTA’s first bus-rapid transit route—a 4.8-mile connection to downtown—while the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail corridor is across the street, to the south. Switchman Hall will remake one of two former warehouse structures along dead-end Ridge Avenue today. About 46,000 square feet of offices and retail space are planned.
Stafford reps tell Urbanize Atlanta the square footage of buildings in question hasn’t changed, but project designers—NO Architecture, led by Tim Nichols—have reconfigured what was intended to be traditional retail space to expand the food hall’s footprint. Project developer Melissa Ahrendt says interest in smaller retail slots—between 500 and 700 square feet—and creative office space has been particularly strong.
“We have the team at NO Architecture on speed dial,” Ahrendt joked in a prepared statement. “In all seriousness, the level of interest and pace of leasing have been just incredible.”
Marketing materials for the project have noted that almost 5,000 new residences have recently delivered, or are under development, within a 15-minute walk of the Terminal South site.
The food component will join culinary hubs along the BeltLine including Grant Park’s The Beacon, Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, and the food hall at West End’s Lee + White district, which is expected to start opening this summer alongside that project’s new Great Lawn area.
Terminal South is on pace to open in summer 2024, project heads tell Urbanize.
Below are descriptions of Switchman Hall’s three tenants signings provided by Stafford, edited for length:
PERFECT SEASONING: Co-owned by Dalisha Williams and Jamaican-born Chef Nicoy McLean, Perfect Seasoning has a location at Chattahoochee Food Works and will open a second at Switchman Hall. Direct-from-Jamaica spices lend to the authenticity of the Caribbean-inspired menu, which includes Oxtails, Jamaican Jerk Smoked Chicken, and Escovitch Snapper plus side dishes such as fried plantains, rice and peas, and steamed cabbage.
SOUTHERN GRACE will open their debut brick and mortar location at Switchman Hall serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from their regionally inspired menu featuring all-day biscuits. Currently operating as a food truck, chef/owner Delorean Ostrom is excited to bring his casual and playful culinary approach to Peoplestown. Menu items will include a Fried Green BLT featuring crispy pork belly, spicy tomato relish, fried green tomatoes, arugula and lemon vinaigrette served on a scratch-made buttermilk biscuit, and a Chicken Biscuit featuring crispy fried chicken breast.
ORIGINAL HOT DOG FACTORY: With locations opening this year both in town at Lee + White and in the Athens area at Wire Park, this will be the third location of The Original Hot Dog Factory owned by husband and wife franchisees Joia and Torrence Evans. The menu has 26 hot dog offerings such as the LA Dog featuring a bacon-wrapped angus beef hot dog topped with chili cheese fries and grilled onions in addition to classic accompaniments like Factory baked beans, onion rings, and milkshakes.
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