A slew of popular stores, restaurants planned in one DeKalb center

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A slew of popular stores, restaurants planned in one DeKalb center

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The land is cleared and ready for construction on Tucker Meridian, a massive retail development near Northlake Mall. (Photo by Scott Rippy)

With a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday, the newly-chartered city Tucker is celebrating its first major retail development, a 207,000-square-feet project set to feature a variety of popular stores. 

Tucker Meridian, on Northlake Parkway near Lavista Road, is planned to include Sprouts Farmers Market, DICK’s Sporting Goods, Einstein Bagels, Caribou Coffee, Jimmy John’s and Newk’s Eatery, among others, according to a news release. 

“Tucker Meridian is exactly the kind of real estate development we want to attract to our city,” said Frank Auman, mayor of Tucker, which was officially incorporated last year. “It has a well-planned, attractive design and is already bringing in the kind of high-end retailers, restaurants and specialty shops our residents want.” 

The 22-acre development, expected to open in May 2017, is being built by Ben F. Kushner Co. 

The CEO, Kushner, said there has been “strong interest” in the center. He said the location is “superior,” as it is near "the perimeter with easy access to I-285 and I-85, Buckhead, Midtown and the Emory area, along with close proximity to desirable neighborhoods in Northlake, Tucker and Decatur.” 

Tucker is an old community, which was only officially incorporated last year, as one of the latest new jurisdictions in metro Atlanta’s cityhood movements of recent years. 

Tucker-Northlake CID President Ann Rosenthal said a master plan is in place calling for new retail and dining options along the “Lavista Road/Northlake Parkway retail corridor” by Northlake Mall. 

The groundbreaking is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at 2175 Northlake Parkway and is expected to draw local officials, including those from the Tucker-Northlake and Tucker community improvement districts. 

The mayor hopes it’s a big step in redeveloping the area.

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