3 office buildings at Northpark in Sandy Springs are for sale

In the late 1980s, Sandy Springs resident and famed Atlanta architect/developer John Portman developed the first two office towers near the intersection of Abernathy Road and Georgia 400 and named the development Northpark Town Center. A third building was added in 1998.

All three buildings, comprising 1.5 million square feet of office space, have now been put on the market for sale by their owner the State of Michigan Retirement System. C. B. Richard Ellis is the broker.

The 400 building was completed by Portman in 1986 at 1000 Abernathy Road, followed by the 500 building at 1100 Abernathy Road in 1989.

The brownish granite and glass complex, which began the office park development around the intersection of Abernathy Road and Georgia 400, will be marketed worldwide, according to the broker.

Northpark Town Center connects to the Sandy Springs MARTA rail station.

Winans Coffee shop leaves CityWalk

Winans Coffees and Chocolates, which was located in CityWalk for two years, has moved its operations to Marietta Square.

Store owners Jackie and Scott Winans left a note on its doors to let customers know that the shop has moved to 160 Roswell St. in Marietta. The notice went on further to thank customers for their patronage.

“We have enjoyed getting to know you and becoming friends with you over the past two years,” read the notice. “We really hope that you have had a good time with us, whether by yourself, with friends or with loved ones. Certainly, for our part, we found your company wonderful. Thanks for everything.”

Those wishing to do so can contact Winans by calling 678-594-7856 or by sending an email to jaclyn4winans@hotmail.com.

Alon’s bakery to open at former EatZi’s site

Alon’s Bakery and Market, which has grown by leaps and bounds at its Morningside site since opening in 1992, is coming to Dunwoody, announcing it will open in December in the former EatZi’s location in Park Place, across Ashford-Dunwoody Road from Perimeter Mall.

The North Highland Avenue fixture, which has expanded to swallow up a convenience store and pizza parlor in the retail strip, is known for warn-from-the-oven baguettes, ginger-cinnamon scones, roast lamb sandwiches, Chocolate Midnight cakes, Spanish cheeses and hundreds of other gourmet items.

Alon’s owners Alon and Janine Balshan said they are aiming for a December opening in the 11,000-square-foot Dunwoody location.

Prado offers free valet parking

Sembler has announced that complimentary valet parking is being provided for all customers who shop and dine at The Prado during the redevelopment of the 34-year-old shopping center located on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

In addition to 345,000 square feet of retail and office space, the new and improved Prado will include a four-story parking deck that is currently under construction.

Complimentary valet parking will be available to all visitors to The Prado Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to midnight.

The Prado’s existing tenants—which include Kobe Steaks, Joli-Kobe Café and Bakery, Frankie’s Sports Grill, 5 Seasons Brewery, Peter Glenn Ski & Sports, International School of Skin, Atlanta Foot & Ankle Center and office tenants—will remain open for business throughout the redevelopment of the shopping center. Construction is estimated to be complete by late 2008.

New tenants that will be opening in the four-level center include The Home Depot, Publix and Target.