The Avenue® Inks I.O. Metro at Three Metro Atlanta Locations

Monday, Mar 8, 8:00AM
Atlanta – Specialty lifestyle furniture retailer I.O. Metro has signed a total of 33,580 square feet at three metro Atlanta Avenue® locations, including The Avenue Forsyth in Cumming, Ga., The Avenue Webb Gin in Snellville, Ga., and The Avenue West Cobb in Marietta, Ga. In August 2010, I.O. Metro will make its Georgia debut in all three locations simultaneously. This will make 20 stores in eight states across the South for the retailer.
“We’re excited to introduce our fresh look and unique furniture and decor to Atlanta,” said Jay Howard – chief executive officer, I.O. Metro. “Our vast selection, quality and affordable prices enable us to satisfy the needs of both residential and commercial customers.”
I.O. Metro offers shoppers eclectic furniture, art, lighting and accessories, as well as customizable upholstery options and complimentary in-home design service.
“I.O. Metro identified The Avenue’s strong shopper loyalty, prime locations and family friendly settings as complements to its business model,” said Angie Leccese – senior vice president, corporate marketing and brand management, Cousins Properties. “We’re confident the concept will be welcomed by our Atlanta shoppers.”
In addition to the signing of I.O. Metro, The Avenue has celebrated the opening of six other retailers since the New Year – most recently Francesca’s Collections on February 19 at The Avenue East Cobb in Marietta, Ga. For more than a decade, the women’s clothing, accessories and gift boutique has offered eclectic, fashion-forward styles. Through March 31, Francesca’s Collections is offering The Avenue East Cobb shoppers 30 percent off a regular price purchase up to $100 when they present a 2010 receipt for a donation to a nationally recognized charity. Francesca’s Collections has locations at seven of eight Avenue lifestyle centers throughout the Southeast.
About The Avenue®
The Avenue, introduced by Cousins Properties Incorporated in 1998, is an outdoor lifestyle center concept with eight locations throughout the Southeast. The Avenue offers a dynamic mix of premier national retailers, select local merchants and specialty restaurants reflective of local demand and fashion trends. The shopping destination features an open-air, pedestrian friendly setting convenient to major metropolitan areas. Shoppers can visit The Avenue at one of its five metro Atlanta locations, or in suburban Nashville, Tenn., suburban Memphis, Tenn. or Viera, Fla. For more information about The Avenue, please visit
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