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Auto shop conversion near BeltLine attracts two local businesses

For the second time in as many months, plans have emerged to revamp a property devoted to auto repair on booming Memorial Drive near Atlanta’s BeltLine.

Roswell-based Habif Properties announced this week that two local businesses — Kupcakerie and Supremo Taco — will open new locations in former auto shops at 709 Memorial Drive, where Memorial meets Chastain Street in Grant Park.

Located about three blocks west of the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, the properties housed an active auto repair shop and tire business as recently as last year.

The property’s location is 709 Memorial Drive (starred), just west of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail corridor (bottom left). Google Maps

Habif Properties, which leases and manages the property, recently completed an adaptive-reuse renovation to enable new retail businesses. Manager Michael Habif said his company has been active in the neighborhood for 43 years and is “delighted to see the continued growth on Memorial Drive and the expansion of these great local businesses” in an announcement today.

Kupcakerie debuted at East Point in 2016 is currently under construction on Memorial Drive, with an expected opening in early fall this year, officials said.

Expect more indoor-outdoor event space, meeting space for creatives, and gourmet cupcakes, pastries, sandwiches, and coffee from Radio Roasters Coffee in Decatur.

The positioning of the former auto shop on Memorial Drive in relation to the recent mixed-use development. Google Maps

The popular take-out place Taco Suprememeanwhile, recently announced that it will be closing its current location at 701 Memorial Drive next door on August 23 to prepare for a move this winter.

The move will allow indoor dining, a full bar and a larger menu, officials said.

Half a mile away, news emerged last month that Reid’s Body Shop – a Reynoldstown staple for nearly 70 years – was selling its Memorial Drive property to Toro Development Company for a 186-unit apartment complex called The Reid, continuing a wave of large-scale development in the corridor over the past decade.

The property where Memorial Drive meets Chastain Street in Grant Park, seen in January, before renovations. Google Maps

Opposite the auto shop conversion, longtime landscaping supply yard Cummin Lanscape Supply recently closed to consolidate operations at another location on Moreland Avenue.

Representatives for Cummin did not respond to inquiries asking what they intend to do with the long-term property.

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