Business Boom

John McHenryTucker is undoubtedly one of the fastest-rising business destinations in the Metro Atlanta area.  Each month, the Business Boom will seek to show different examples of how Tucker’s business scene is flourishing.

Tuckers Business Boom

As we head into a new year, it’s a fine time to reflect on some of the continued expansion over 2019 as the City’s Economic Development staff works on ensuring that existing buildings are fully leased and our business owners are able to flourish right here in Tucker. 

A 190,000 SF light industrial warehouse building that was built in 2018 on spec at 4561 Greer Circle is now almost completely leased with two prestige tenants. They are Industrial Valco, a national industrial piping company, and Anker International, which provides freight forwarding and third-party logistics services.

Broker Joseph Kriss of Seefried Industrial Properties says that leasing a new modern industrial building with high ceilings so close to the core of the region is a major driver.

“This is a great location for our tenants with direct access to Highway 78,” Kriss explained. “In addition, we market the community of Tucker as a responsible and responsive city – something we’ve experienced first-hand through the construction and leasing process.”

Right nearby at 4473 Sarr Parkway, the 120,000 SF distribution facility for Georgia Furniture Mart (formerly known as Underpriced Furniture) will open in April 2020. Heading a little further to the south, the recently renovated 130,000 SF property at 5356 East Ponce de Leon is close to being fully leased out. Tyler Fann, who represents the property, is bullish on the location.

“Tucker’s industrial market is driven by strong labor demographics, excellent transportation infrastructure and a business-friendly City government,” Fann said. “The combination of these factors has resulted in significant new job growth, which should continue well into the future.”

The City of Tucker works closely with the talented economic development staff at Decide DeKalb and participated in a tour of industrial sites with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and other economic development project managers in mid-December. Three of the locations were in Tucker.

Randi Mason, Decide DeKalb Vice President of Economic Development shared, “Partnerships like the ones we have with DeKalb’s cities are important to businesses when they are making decisions about where to relocate or to expand. We want to make sure businesses know we are one team supporting them as they grow.”

Along Lawrenceville Highway at Brand Vaughan’s 11-acre property, the company is building a 44,000 SF facility to accommodate continued growth for this family-owned business.

On the retail front, when the Pollo Tropical closed in front of the Target at Lavista Road and Northlake Parkway as part of a corporate restructuring, it left a newly constructed vacant restaurant site. Fortunately, Del Taco Fresh Mexican Grill opened in that location on December 4. Del Taco has almost 20 locations in Georgia and focuses on burritos and tacos, but also offers burgers and fries. Read more about them in the Business of the Month feature on the next page.

Looking forward, staff at the City will be working to continue to champion, accommodate and retain new businesses as we build on the success story that is Tucker.

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