Atlanta Rocks has had a long run, and the company is grateful for that, Perry said.
“We don’t have hard feeling toward our landlord or anything,” he said. “Progress is progress.”
In this April 1999 file photo, Atlanta Rocks general manager Greg Perry is seen climbing at the Doraville indoor rock climbing gym.
Credit: LOUIE FAVORITE
Credit: LOUIE FAVORITE
Co-founder Peter Bloeme said the owners “would have loved to keep the gym open for another 25 years” if not for the financial increases due to growth in the area.
"... in the end, the quickening pace of redevelopment of nearby commercial/industrial properties to higher uses, and the uncertainties and rising costs that come with such redevelopment, signaled to us that the time was right to retire from this market," he said in a press release.
The venue has hosted public figures such as actor Woody Harrelson, former Mayor Bill Campbell, comedian Jeff Foxworthy and entertainer Usher, the news release said. It has been the set for TV shows including “Bad Girls Club,” “MTV Diaries with Ludacris,” “Property Brothers,” “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “T.I. & Tiny.”
Perry said the business has served as an incubator for other climbing businesses, such as Escalade Rock Climbing Kennesaw, Adrenaline Climbing in Suwanee and Stone Summit, which has three locations. He described the metro rock climbing community today as "very much thriving."
“If these walls could talk, they would tell stories of celebration, of triumph over adversity, of new-found love, and of personal transformation,” Perry said of Atlanta Rocks in the release. “These walls would speak to the dedication and professionalism of our hard working, safety-conscious staff. They would speak fondly of our loyal customers for whom the gym has been a sanctuary from the stresses of life.”
The are no immediate plans to open another gym in the future, Perry said.
The business, at 1019 Collier Road NW, will host a "Climb-On…Until We Meet Again" gala at 6 p.m. on Dec. 29 with music, food and climbing. It is also offering roll-back prices until it closes, with daily climbing rates of $12.50.
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