After 15 years, the Gwinnett Place area Harry's Farmers Market is being put on the shelf for good.
Whole Foods Market, which acquired the three metro Atlanta Harry's stores in 2001, plans to close the one near the intersection of Satellite and Steve Reynolds boulevards Sept. 16. It's making way for a new Whole Foods Market about 6 miles away in an affluent section of greater Duluth on State Bridge Road.
Although the Satellite Harry's has drawn organic food lovers to the Gwinnett Place area for years, it faced the challenges of changing demographics and increased competition from minority-oriented stores such as Super H Mart and the Gwinnett International Farmers Market.
The other two Atlanta Harry's Farmers Market stores - at 70 Powers Ferry Road S.E. in Marietta and the Alpharetta location at 1180 Upper Hembree Road in Roswell - will remain open.
More retail on the way
Gwinnett's newest outdoor mall just signed several new retailers to the dotted line.
The Avenue Webb Gin has landed women's apparel chain Chico's, fancy burger joint Red Robin, ice cream shop Cold Stone Creamery and a host of other businesses.
The 380,000-square-foot retail center opens its first phase Aug. 16 at the intersection of Ga. Highway 124 and Webb Gin House Road.
Developed by Cousins Properties, The Avenue Webb Gin is company's fourth Avenue project in metro Atlanta. But it will be the first place in metro Atlanta to house Forth & Towne, Gap's new apparel concept for women that is making its debut in the market.
Other Avenue retailers just added to the list:
•White House/Black Market, upscale women's apparel
•First Horizon Bank
•Portrait Innovations and
•Relax the Back
The center will also have Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble and Gap.
A Lawrenceville-based air ambulance company got a lot lighter in the wallet this week.
The Federal Aviation Administration fined Medway Air Ambulance $1 million as a civil penalty for operating as an air carrier without the appropriate certificate.
The fine is part of a settlement reached after the FAA ordered the company to stop its operations on May 19 because it found Medway Air Ambulance had entered into an agreement with Annapolis, Md.-based American Flight Group that violated FAA regulations, according to an FAA statement.
''Safety was never compromised,'' said Medway owner and president Rick Moore.
"People are going to see this as though we were operating without a license. That is simply not true."
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