S.J. Collins Enterprises

Developers close to breaking ground on new Whole Foods in Chamblee

Developer S. J. Collins Enterprises plans to start construction next month on an 11-acre retail project in Chamblee anchored by a 45,000-square-foot Whole Foods Marketplace.

Known as Peachtree Crossing, the project is taking shape on the former Oxford Chemical site, a property that had been targeted for redevelopment on what’s become an active stretch of Peachtree lined by MARTA’s Gold line. The area includes cities such as Chamblee just north of Atlanta’s tallest office and residential towers.

Along with Whole Foods, the new shopping center will feature a blend of retailers that already have a presence in Buckhead and west Midtown including Zoës Kitchen, YEAH! BURGER, Taqueria del Sol and Octane Coffee. Other tenants include Chipotle Mexican Grill and a new concept by Sushi One owners: Tokyo Belly.

The center could open by the first quarter of 2017.

Retail Leasing Advisors and Dart Retail Advisors are leasing the project. United Community Bank provided the construction financing.

As more people continue to move closer to the city and development sites became more scarce in Buckhead, developers have focused more attention on cities along the Peachtree corridor, including Chamblee, Brookhaven and Doraville. Developers are being drawn to the area because of its rail access and its location on Peachtree between the glitzy northern Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead and the Atlanta Perimeter.

In Doraville, the former 165-acre General Motors plant is being converted into a project that developer The Integral Group believes can unite the region with a mix of office space, stores and residential units around MARTA. The transit agency is also working with potential developers to put more residential units and retail space around its MARTA stations.

Closer in toward Chamblee and Brookhaven, more than 4,300 apartment units and 185 townhomes are either already developed or being planned.

S.J. Collins also believes the area along the northern Peachtree corridor, which includes wealthy neighborhoods such as Capital City Club, lacks enough specialty retail and restaurants.

Its Peachtree Crossing development will include up more than 107,000 square feet of retail space.