Update June 9 2017: The real estate agent, Randy Saxon, handling this property told us that Rusty Zipper will now not be a lease in this development. As they finalize their engineering plans and historic preservation approval, new tenants will be announced and we will share the Scoop when it’s available. Panera Bread is still in the works.
In November, we reported that a mixed use development bringing restaurants and retail is coming to downtown Canton, GA. The first contracts have been signed and they include Panera Bread restaurant and retail store Rusty Zipper (by the same owners as Whistle Britches Rome), according to Atlanta Communities‘ realtor Randy Saxon. Don Harris, the mixed-use developer will also be the franchisee and owner of the Canton Panera Bread.
The property being revitalized is the old Canton Elementary school and the Old Mill offices at 147 Academy Street. We have heard that the city turned down a request for a drive-through option for Panera, so stay tuned for their exact location.
Whistle Britches Rome is a boutique clothing store self described as a rustic boutique for men’s and women’s clothing, gifts, and accessories. The owner will be opening in Canton and Calhoun under the name Rusty Zipper. Look for them to open in the old school building.
The building contracts were signed on May 27, and according to Mr. Saxon:
Over a year of good work culminated today with the closing on the two historic buildings. Thanks to the entire city council, mayor, city manager, city attorney and staff that made this possible. It took a bold vision to make it happen.
This is the first step in a ten year vision for the city, #CantonForward: Etowah to the Loop.
Construction will begin very soon and we can look forward to new restaurants, retail and office space along with 125 public parking spaces. Follow Scoop OTP on Facebook for more information as these revitalized buildings fill with new tenants.