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What Should Go Here: Ponce City Market

What businesses would you like to see open at Ponce City Market?

Construction at Ponce City Market is moving along quickly.

Developers expect the project to be complete in late 2013.

What would you like to see open at Ponce City Market? Tell us in the comments!

, Ponce City Market  — bounded by the BeltLine trail, Glen Iris Drive and Ponce de Leon and North avenues — will restore 1.1 million square feet of the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building to create a vibrant urban centerpiece.

When complete, Ponce City Market will combine 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, including a central food hall, 450,000 square feet of Class-A loft office space and approximately 250 residential lofts on a 16-acre site.

It also will include a new pedestrian bridge that will link the interior courtyard and public market directly to BeltLine trails.

Holly duffin August 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Chicago style pizza restaurant! Lou Malnati's!!
Zewditu Demissie August 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Definitely a bagel shop!
Zewditu Demissie August 29, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Nuts/chocolate/popcorn shop Card and gift shop Some type of ethic food (Ethiopian, Indian, etc).
Matthew Holton August 29, 2012 at 09:29 PM
The ferry market in San fransico has a great feel and vibe to it, with local food and produce each weekend. In madrid there is an amazing market, mercado de San Miguel, that has an amazing wine bar, small plates, and produce providers.... The design would be great for the rooftop! As the design in Madrid combine old w the new!
Johnny August 29, 2012 at 11:10 PM
A gun shop with indoor shooting range
Zewditu Demissie August 30, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Oh and if the fitness center on the top is only for residents...a LA Fitness would be great. Really hate that Midtown traffic. We need one in the area. Ideally...Edgewood would be a great spot.
Heather M August 30, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Sushi restaurant. Wine bar. Jamba Juice. Lifetime Fitness. Fresh seafood and meat markets. Farmers market(s) on weekends. Cook's Warehouse or Viking or some other store with cooking school. Hair salon. Nail spa. (Free) shuttle from the North Ave MARTA station.
Sammy August 30, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Most of these recommendations seem rather pedestrian (pardon the pun!) to me. Maybe I'm a little cynical, but I feel the Atlanta market is already saturated with these types of stores. Do we really need or want another REI, more pizza joints, gift shops, hair/nail salons, etc.?
James Martin August 30, 2012 at 09:34 PM
If you live south of 85N and particularly in the hoods immediately surrounding this project....hells yeah we do!! It will beat the heck out of fighting terrible traffic to get to other retail centers, especially Buckhead, just for those "pedestrian" activities.
Ms. August 31, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I like the idea of local artist markets, but not kiosks selling garbage like underground. And something needs to be done about the aggressive panhandlers that hang around under the bridge, not referring to the people waiting for contractors to pick them up, but the groups of men mulling around under the bridge. I've had someone follow me down the street from there until I was so intimidated I actually handed him the leftovers I was carrying, and last week someone screaming so loud at me as I walked by it totally creeped me out, even though it was broad daylight. There are some police presence issues that could be drastically improved upon.
Jessica suarez August 31, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I'd like to see all local businesses or as many as possible!
Trey McClure September 01, 2012 at 02:19 AM
A couple of men's and women's clothing boutiques. Maybe something local like Bill Hallman. I think there is a hole in the Atlanta market right now for a casual, locally owned/run store that sells men's clothes. Maybe something like Need Supply Co. in Richmond, Virginia?
Michael G. At Georgia tech September 01, 2012 at 03:05 AM
1.1 million sf. Think larger - Elementary school or high school for science and technology. Non denominational james turrel designed chapel. Market rate elderly housing. Check ou radial systeme in Berlin. It's not always about shopping- REI, Chinese food? No Let's take it up 10 notches not 2!!!! Be ambitious!!!!
Kirkwood Resident September 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Go kart track or bumper cars
Alice Jonsson September 01, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Minigolf. Seriously.
Victoria Shanahan September 01, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I would like to see places for intown residents, not necessarily destinations "for visitors". If the locals flock to it, the visitors will come if that is what you want. Agree w comment about having a small Target. And great bagels like used to be available a long time ago in VAHI. And not everyone wants or needs more boutiques; there are tons on Highland 1/2 mile away. Basically, I want to USE this market, not come to look at it.
Victoria Shanahan September 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Really like comment about market rate housing for elders
4ghill September 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Top ten things I'd put in my Ponce City Market: 10) Local, national and international retailers 9) Classes (art, cooking, martial arts, theater, etc) 8) Old-world-style market 7) Roof-top bar/lounge 6) Public recreation (tennis, basketball, volleyball, racket ball, roller blading, etc) 5) Artist Studios, Art Galleries 4) Rooftop wellness/fitness facility 3) Outdoor performance space 2) Mix of affordable and high-end residential 1) Seriously, local dining options ONLY
josh byplane September 02, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Definitely a new middle school and perhaps a vo/tech outgrowth of Grady?
Ormewood Park Mom September 02, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Place to get some great slices.
bulldogger September 02, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Do y'all who are proposing all these different types of businesses realize how long it's gonna take to completely build out 1.1 million square feet? You know, I always try to be optimistic, like Steve Perkins, but this project will be twenty years in the making and a good percentage of us will not even be living in Atlanta then and a good portion of the others will have given up on it and moved on to something else. This is not a "now project", something that we're going to enjoy......it's for a future generation, your children perhaps or your grand-children. I have a lot of happy memories of the old Sears Store that operated in that building for years, looking at all the wonderful items that I couldn't afford then and then walking across the street to the Ponce de Leon Ballpark and taking in an Atlanta Crackers Ballgame which was always exciting. I prefer my memories over what might, might come, one day or perhaps, never.
SOPOHunter September 03, 2012 at 03:57 AM
That would rock! Seriously.
Joyus Joy September 06, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Bring back TOWER RECORDS!!! This would be a great location!!
Gary Lovelace September 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Yes, a great mom and pop record store (that even sells vinyl). Like Chicago's Dusty Groove. Also maybe an intimate performance space and/or jazz club (real jazz, no smooth jazz please). Maybe a seasonal rooftop restaurant like Bklyn's - Havana Outpost, community seating, music and overall fun atmosphere. A real NY style deli would be great (i.e. Katz Deli). A big beautiful Apple Store, i can't believe Atlanta does not have an intown Apple Store. Maybe one with a small auditorium like the one on Prince Street in Soho. I've taken a many of classes there, and it just used to be a cool place for a nerd such as myself to hang out.
Marsha September 20, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Local independently owned shops.
Cary Aiken September 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
It would be great if they would have some public space on the roof with park benches, not just filled with restaurant or amusement park space, but something for simple relaxation and observation.
AJM September 22, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I'd like to see lots of car services (wash, Pep Boys, DMV, etc.) Instead of waiting, you could shop while your vehicle is serviced. It would be even better if they could work together. So, you could drop off your car, and come back with new tires, a wash, and registration after shopping. This would really give people a reason to spend a lot of time and money at the place.
Zewditu Demissie September 25, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Some new ideas after learning more about the space. 1) An Uncle Maddio's. Yes, I know we have a lot of pizza places already but I don't think it would be complete without a pizza place. 2) An idea for the bigger stores...H&M. 3) A Panera Bread/ Atlanta Bread/Zoe's Kitchen. Or even a Bruegger's Bagels since I hear they are moving back to Atlanta.
MG September 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
That is absolutely not true. The development will be done in 5-8 years. They plan to move retail space in next year.
Filtered78 September 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
A haberdasher.

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