Retail/Restaurants Dior construction

Published on September 29th, 2015 |

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Buckhead shoppers get peek at Dior’s Buckhead Atlanta store design

Buckhead shoppers now can get a first glimpse of what the Dior boutique at The Shops at Buckhead Atlanta—which is presently under construction—will look like when store opens next spring,

Above is a rendering of the planned Peachtree Road facade for the Dior boutique.

Above is a rendering of the planned Peachtree Road facade for the Dior boutique.

most likely in March.

The design for the 5,094-square-foot store was shown to the SPI-9 (Special Public Interest district) Development Review Committee earlier this month. It will have windows and bold graphic designs facing both Peachtree Road and Bolling Way, the store entrance location.

One element that was presented for review was a glass glazing system that will be used on the facades on both Peachtree Road and Bolling Way in order to help meet the fenestration requirements of SPI-9 and provide a high-grade presentation factor for Dior that will stand out.

The above shows the segment of the new building that Dior will occupy and its relationship to Corso Coffee, Christian Louboutin and other already open boutiques.

The above shows the segment of the new building that Dior will occupy and its relationship to Corso Coffee, Christian Louboutin and other already open boutiques.

The Dior boutique space is very long and narrow, stretching along a private alley walkway from Peachtree Road to Bolling Way and is only about a third of the space presently under construction in the building just north of Corso Coffee and Christian Louboutin boutique.

In its report, the SPI-9 DRC noted, “The applicant has made changes to maximize the amount of fenestration to activate the street frontage while maintaining the identity of the tenant and

The above rendering shows the proposed Bolling Way facade for the Dior boutique, where the entrance will be located.

The above rendering shows the proposed Bolling Way facade for the Dior boutique, where the entrance will be located.

therefore recommends approval of the variation request.”

The report also noted, “The Development Committee does not expect to see this applicant again unless significant changes are made to the proposed plans that necessitate additional variations or the city staff requests additional input from the DRC.”

BuckheadView asked Buckhead Atlanta General Manager Michael Diamantides if there are any leases in place for the remaining two-thirds of the new building and he replied, “We are in negotiations with several retailers….ones that might take all of the remaining space or it could be divided into two smaller spaces.”

Asked if he knew why Dior chose to place its entrance on Bolling Way rather than Peachtree Road, Diamantides said, “Bolling Way is the core of the luxury retail shops—with Christian Louboutin, La Perla, Moncler and Jimmy Choo and Hermes on the corners at Buckhead Avenue. I suspect that is the reason,” he added.

On another matter, BuckheadView asked Diamantides when OliverMcMillan started referring the retail shops area of Buckhead Atlanta as The Shops at Buckhead Atlanta. He said it has just

Above is a rendering of the proposed interior of the Dior boutique.

Above is a rendering of the proposed interior of the Dior boutique.

evolved.

“We had The Residences Buckhead Atlanta,” he explained. “So it just evolved that the retail area should be designated The Shops at Buckhead Atlanta.” Perhaps that leaves open the possibility for future development there to be designated The Offices at Buckhead Atlanta and/or The Condominiums at Buckhead Atlanta.

Asked what new openings are on the immediate horizon at The Shops of Buckhead Atlanta, Diamantides reported that Planet Blue had just opened. Also, Denim & Soul, reportedly a name change for Courage b with a focus on denim and cashmere apparel, is scheduled to open in October.

Billy Reed is to open in November, according to Diamantides, and then there may be a break in new openings until January, when American Cut restaurant is scheduled to open, followed by the Tom Ford boutique in February and Dior in March.

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    One Response to Buckhead shoppers get peek at Dior’s Buckhead Atlanta store design

    1. J says:

      I dislike the design of this development that faces Peachtree. It almost looks like it is the backside of a building rather than something along a street. Would also help to get the other spaces occupied and open that run from Adler down to the intersection.

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