Major changes at historic intown centerEdens, the Columbia, South Carolina owner of Toco Hills Promenade, has signed a 35 year ground lease on
Toco Hill(s) shopping center was built in 1956 by notable Atlanta developer Clyde Shepherd, Jr. Shepherd reportedly named the center Toco Hills in homage to the word "Toco," to which he was introduced in Brazil, and which he said translated to "more luck than you can imagine."
Shepherd, a graduate of Druid Hills High School, built a number of "Hill" shopping centers including Sage Hill on Briarcliff Road and Skye Hill, at Clairmont Road and Buford Highway.
Shepherd died in 2010 at the age of 96, but his family through various subsidiaries maintains ownership in a number of his properties.
In doing research for this post I learned that the "Toco Hills" shopping district I knew as two centers, was in fact three. "Toco Hills Promenade" extends from Uncle Maddio's Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe past Publix to Jimmy John's.
The second center starts at the alleyway beyond Jimmy John's and extends from Famous Pub and Office Depot (formerly Linen Loft and before that, A&P) to the strip including Bagel Palace and the UPS store to Matsuya, the Japanese restaurant. The center also includes the freestanding clock tower property.
Toco Hills(s) Shopping Center.