Pasta and smoothies are coming soon to the former Buckhead Exchange strip mall at Peachtree Road and Grandview Avenue, where a major renovation is wrapping up this month.
Renamed “The Exchange,” the project by North Carolina-based FCA Partners is an effort to remake a strip center without following the mixed-use and luxury retail trends.
“We thought there was an opportunity…to deliver something in the middle,” said FCA principal Win Kelly, noting that Buckhead retail tends to the extremes of high-end malls and aging strip centers.
Instead of tearing down the old Buckhead Exchange, FCA renovated it over the past two years with modern stylings and more pedestrian access. The main work—including new street-front signage—will wrap up in the next couple of weeks, while tenants continue to sign up and build out their spaces.
SculptHouse, a fitness business, is already open in The Exchange. The pasta store Storico Fresco, now on Roswell Road, will move in next month and expand to include a restaurant, bar and Italian market, Kelly said. “It’s a neat concept and something that doesn’t really exist in Buckhead today,” he said.
Other signed tenants include a Kohler plumbing and fixtures signature showroom; the smoothie shop Kale Me Crazy; and the Atlanta-based restaurant chain Yeah! Burger. The Exchange has room for up to 15 tenants, depending on floor space, and is in active negotiations with six more businesses, Kelly said.