Will this new concept for the old Macy’s building work?

Will the attempt to rejuvenate the glamorous, old downtown Macy’s building work? Would you hold your special event, wedding or big corporate party there?

Construction started this week to transform the three main shopping floors of the 82-year-old historic building on Peachtree Street into an events venue, AJC reporter Rachel Tobin Ramos writes.

During the six years that the bottom floors of this historic building have been shuttered, several ideas were floated that never came to fruition. They included condos, a civil rights museum, a Target and a gallery of retail shops with a food court, Ramos writes.

Now, a team of 25 investors, led by Robert Patterson, is rebranding the building as 200 Peachtree.

The Grand Atrium and The Gallery spaces are scheduled to open in early 2010 for special events. Also, two restaurants are planned, Meehan’s Public House and Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint.

Later, a venue for traveling exhibits will open on the ground floor.

What do you think? Will it work?

7 comments Add your comment

Mac

August 14th, 2009
1:20 pm

It could work. How’s the Biltmore doing?

BILL

August 15th, 2009
5:22 am

no parking no parking no parking and parking avil. is expensie no where for limos, charter buses, and such to drop off if you want a real hidden secret visit the greek center on clairmont road now this is venue w/free parking

joseph batchelor

August 15th, 2009
7:49 am

people have said you need a strong reason to make downtown a reason to have people to want to make it vibrant strong and exciting. find a way to make it happen,you a a1000 public relations firms,if someone can market that sad,sorry bad tv of housewives of atlanta?????????? surely someone can put this in place so people will be able to be proud to show this off and be able to give people a reason to want to see and want to have a big part of something classy with style.

Shadow 7071

August 15th, 2009
9:39 am

I’m one of the few remaining real Atlanta natives. Born at Crawford Long’s Jesse Parker Williams on Peachtree, grew in in NW Atlanta, educated in Atlanta and rode the trolley with my mother to go shopping at Rich’s and Davidson’s (Macy’s). I would love to attend a function in the old Davidson’s (Macy’s) building. But I’m one of just a few folks that have sentimental attachment and memories with that building. Atlanta is now a metropolis of five million people and most of these have no knowledge of, much less sentimental attachment with this building. And finally, the parade has moved beyond this part of town. It’s now in Mid-Town and Buckhead. Good luck to the developers.

Nancy

August 15th, 2009
9:42 am

when my father was a young man working as a barber in downtown Atlanta (20’s) he told me that he went to the Davison-Paxson store to see the first escalator in Atlanta. Apparently it was a great event and attracted people from as far away as Decatur! I hope the character of this wonderful building is preserved. There is so little of the past grandeur of Atlanta remaining.

Chris

August 15th, 2009
9:59 pm

I work downtown and frequently go to Peachtree Mall which is a very plain and boring place for lunch and maybe some tourist to go for a few items that say ATL on them. I really had hope for a venue that would be more open to include a drug store, small farmers market for fresh fruit, a book store, an area to sit and sip a drink and surf the net, a place to get a fast massage, etc. Really the area needs more places to shop as there are no drug stores or food markets. Really hope it makes it! Also a safe passage for pedestrians to cross Peachtree between Harris and Andrew Young Intl and not have to hike it to the red lights.

RealE

August 16th, 2009
1:38 pm

I am a native Atlantan and have been in retail real estate for over 20 years – no way this is going to work. A line from my ol buddy Mr. T – “I pitty the fool” who invested into this deal.