S.J. Collins News

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 9:25am

The landscape of the American dream is forever changing as more and more millennials and empty nesters move into the urban core in cities all over America.

Looking to live where they work and play, many people are trading long commutes for the ability to reside in an area that affords them the opportunity to enjoy an active, energetic lifestyle. As the trend toward urban living steadily rises, Georgia based developer S.J. Collins Enterprises has created a strategic plan to identify older urban industrial cores that are ready to be redeveloped.

North Decatur Square in Decatur, Ga. is one of those cores. Formerly a car dealership, the 18-acre site will soon be home to an 86,000-square-foot mixed-used shopping district.

“That walkable lifestyle is what’s in demand,” says Jeff Garrison, partner at S.J. Collins Enterprises. “People want to be able to walk everywhere and leave their cars at home. They want to go have a good dinner, grab an ice cream and make an evening of strolling around their neighborhood.”

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 5:41pm

What is a mall? It’s a phrase often used to describe a group of stores all under one roof where shoppers race to do their holiday shopping or locate a last-minute outfit. In years past, a mall was the epitome of retail greatness, with everything all in one place. It was the spot where many teenagers were first allowed time away alone from their parents for social gatherings and where adults would spend hours browsing stores or keeping toddlers occupied. But now, more and more people are predicting the extinction of the traditional concept of a shopping mall.

The mall is dead. Retail is dead. Brick-and-mortar stores are dead. It’s a retail apocalypse. We hear these phrases all the time. This steady decline in retail’s confidence is fueled by seeing news headlines, such as “78 Kmart and Sears closing this September” by USA Today, and more recently, “Brookstone is closing all its mall stores” by CNN.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 5:22pm

'Unparalleled rooftop experience' from Slater Hospitality Concepts to include pool club, 12,000-square-foot two-story restaurant.

S.J. Collins Enterprises, the commercial real estate development firm behind The Interlock, has partnered with Slater Hospitality Concepts to create an "unparalleled rooftop experience" at the mixed-use development, according to a press release Tuesday.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:45pm

At least two additional locations of the Indian fast-casual eatery are in the works for the Atlanta-area.

Curry Up Now has inked deals for three Atlanta-area locations: North Decatur Square, Madison Yards, and The Interlock development.

Plans for the fast-casual Indian eatery's expansion into the market were first unveiled in April.

“Atlanta has a great up-and-coming food scene, but no one is doing Indian the way Curry Up Now is,” Hemant Suri, the Atlanta Curry Up Now franchisee, said in a prepared statement Friday.