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Jersey Mike's, HomeGoods, Pollo Tropical expected to open in next 2 months at North Lake Square
Dawsonville Highway shopping center has more stores coming later this year
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Burlington, Five Below and HomeGoods are three of the newest stores that will make up the North Lake Square shopping center in Gainesville. HomeGoods is set to open later this month, while the other stores are still under construction and could be open by early September. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Three store openings are expected in the next two months at North Lake Square on Dawsonville Highway.

Jersey Mike’s is slated for a June 22 opening, while HomeGoods will have a grand opening from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 26.

Fast casual restaurant Pollo Tropical, which is being built as a stand-alone building over a roughly three-month span, is set to open by July 20.

Jersey Mike’s will open beside Chipotle, which opened in January. Owner/franchisee Chris Brown said Jersey Mike’s is currently hiring and training for the new store out of its Cumming location, and applicants can call that store at 678-771-6545.

Brown said the new Jersey Mike’s location is partnering with Southeast Burn Foundation so customers who have received coupons distributed by the Gainesville Fire Department and the store can receive a free sub sandwich June 22-26 with a $1 donation to the burn foundation.

Tim Knight, developer of North Lake Square, said a lease has been signed with an upscale bedding company to fill the rest of the building occupied by Chipotle and Jersey Mike’s.

Knight added that another 10,000-foot building will soon be built near that trio of stores at the front of the shopping center, and more than half the space in that upcoming building has been leased. Knight said he expects to announce those stores that have signed in the near future.

HomeGoods is also hiring ahead of its upcoming opening.

Pollo Tropical is hiring, and more information is available at or by calling 470-228-9669.

Pollo Tropical, known for its grilled chicken and slow-roasted mojo pork, also has locations in Buford, Cumming, Lawrenceville and other cities in metro Atlanta. According to the Pollo Tropical website, as of this month, the restaurant has opened four more locations in Florida, six more in Texas, two more in Georgia and will add about 20 more by year’s end.

Brothers Larry and Stuart Harris opened the first Pollo Tropical in Miami in 1988.

Later this year, two more openings are planned. Knight said Five Below and Burlington will be turned over to their respective tenants July 15 as he expects those stores to be open by early September.

Five Below, a store geared toward teens, pre-teens and parents that sells items for $5 or cheaper, is hiring now as applicants can go to It will occupy an 8,000-square-foot store.

Burlington, a clothing store that has evolved from the original Burlington Coat Factory, will occupy a 40,000-square-foot space.

Five Below and Burlington are beside HomeGoods in the back of the shopping center, in an area that also includes Hobby Lobby, which opened in October, and Academy Sports + Outdoors, which opened in November.

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