Here's a roundup of business news from Stone Mountain and Lithonia:
New General Manager at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort
Congratulations to Robert Woolridge, who has been named general manager of the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort inside Stone Mountain Park.
Woolridge previously was the general manager of the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway hotel.
Read more about Woolridge and his accomplishments on Patch's announcements page.
Chick-fil-a Owner Goebeler Moving to Tennessee
Patch wishes Nick Goebeler, the owner of Chick-fil-a on Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain, well as he prepares to move to Chattanooga to head up a new Chick-fil-a there.
Chattanooga is a growing market for the chain, he told Patch.
Doug Richardson will take over the reins at the restaurant on Memorial Drive. Goebeler's last day at the Stone Mountain store is Dec. 31.
Kauffman Tire Rolls Out of Stone Mountain
Thanks to Patch reader Tracey Johnson for sharing this one: The Kauffman Tire on Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain is closed. Patch placed a call to the Kauffman media relations person to learn more and we'll update this story if we find out the details.
The store has signs up that say it has moved and directs people to its Lawrenceville and Decatur locations.
Stewart Amphitheater Update
The Lithonia City Council discussed the future of the Stewart Amphitheater at its regular business meeting Monday. It's been a few years since the amphitheater, which needs work, has had an event, but mayor Deborah Jackson sounded confident that it can shine again.
A set of technical drawings of the venue came out this week and the goal is to submit requests for proposals (RFPs) next week.
"The amphitheater is going to open. No doubt about that," said Jackson.
Sweet Potato Cafe's First Birthday
Sweet Potato Cafe in Stone Mountain Village will celebrate its first year of being in business on Saturday, December 15 with give-a-ways, prizes, and more, according to a post on its Facebook page.
It's beginning to look a lot like....Walmart
The new Walmart on Memorial Drive near the intersection with N. Hairston still has a ways to go before opening next year, but it certainly is starting to look like its big, boxy self. Check out the attached photo of how the project looks as of Dec.6.
Tuesday Morning Coming to U.S. 78
Retailer Tuesday Morning will move into the Killian Hill Center next to Burlington after the first of the year, the owner of the property told Patch.
Burlington moved into the space formerly occupied by Publix several months ago.
The shopping center, owned by the Bedrin Organization of Glen Rock, N.J., falls within the Evermore Community Improvement District.
Why Burlington Won't Move Into Memorial Bend Shopping Center
Speaking of Burlington, Jerry Bedrin, partner with the Bedrin Organization, told Patch that he asked Burlington if it would be interested in moving into the Memorial Bend shopping center on Memorial Drive after Publix moves out Jan. 9.
"They feel it's too close," Bedrin said. "They feel like people from Stone Mountain will drive to the [U.S.78] store," he said.
So the search for a new anchor for Memorial Bend continues.
A new sign for the former Colony Apartments
The sign at the main entrance of the run-down former Colony Apartments on N. Hairston now displays the name of its new owner, . See the attached photo.