By Collin Kelley
Editor

Ansley Mall has been a Midtown institution since it opened at the corner of Monroe Drive and Piedmont Avenue in 1964. Back in the day, the mall boasted a Woolworth’s, Colonial Supermarket and a movie theater.

Today, the retail complex is still thriving and will get an extra boost thanks to the stretch of the Atlanta BeltLine that runs directly behind it. The Home Depot Foundation recently donated $10,000 in labor and supplies to work on the stretch of BeltLine behind Ansley.

More than 50 volunteers from Home Depot and BeltLine employees worked the bridge over the railroad trestle and completed other clean-up as the path portion of the 22-mile loop around the city takes shape. The stretch of path behind Ansley Mall connects to Ansley Square and Piedmont Park.

The Home Depot Foundation is part of a larger $2 million donation the Atlanta-based company has made to the BeltLine project.

All of Ansley Mall’s businesses will benefit from the Beltline, especially when the streetcar or light rail portion of the project is complete. Just some of the shops in the mall are Pier 1, Intaglia Home Collection, Ansley Wine Merchants, The Toy Store, CVS, Publix, Radio Shack, The Cook’s Warehouse, LA Fitness and Starbucks.

The Cook’s Warehouse owner and founder Mary S. Moore relocated her flagship store to Ansley Mall last year, taking over the 6,500 square foot space that was formerly Piccadilly Cafeteria. The future Beltline potential was a bonus when Moore moved into what she calls her “dream store.”

“The BeltLine is going to be great for business,” Moore said. “The ease of mobility it will provide will bring more foot traffic to an already bustling mall. I think it will be easier for toursists as well.”

Intgalia moved to the mall in 2008 from its original location on Amsterdam Avenue. Owner Jerri Spiers said the 8,000 square foot space over two floors allowed her to showcase more of the furniture and accessories.

Visit www.BeltLine.org for more details about the Atlanta BeltLine project and progress. If you have a recommendation for a business on the BeltLine spotlight, email it to editor Collin Kelley at collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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