Food halls are without a doubt one of the hottest trends in real estate. While many categories in the retail market experienced slow or no growth in 2016, food-related retail has continued aggressively expanding from coast-to-coast, and Atlanta has been no exception. In fact, Cushman & Wakefield’s recent “Food Hall Report” found that in the first nine months of 2016, the number of existing food hall projects in the U.S. increased 37.1 percent, and there are more in the development pipeline. The report examined the food hall phenomena, surveyed New York City’s burgeoning food hall scene, and named the top 20 food halls in the country. Two Atlanta food halls – the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market – made the list.
The 30,000-square-foot Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market, designed by the same people as Manhattan’s Chelsea Market, is home to more than 20 vendors ranging from classic burgers to locally made kimchi and Southern fried chicken. Since opening at the former Sears building in the Old Fourth Ward in the fall of 2015, the food hall has experienced booming demand.
Krog Street Market, also 30,000 square feet, is located in the heart of Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood, which has experienced significant growth during the past several years. The food hall, which opened in 2014, contains approximately 25 vendors and was recently named one of the “Top 11 Must-Visit Food Halls in the U.S.” by Zagat. From upscale hot dogs at Frankly’s to Japanese sushi and fusion at Craft Izakaya, Krog Street Market offers something for everyone.
Want to see what other food halls made the cut? Download the report from the Cushman & Wakefield website.