|Rendering of food court with bamboo and exterior seating|
Lids will relocate their existing store from the lower level of Lenox Square to the former Ed Hardy space not far away.
Sunglass Hut is also relocating from adjacent to Lids to the former L'Occitane, one level up, near Bloomingdales.
Apparently, both the Lids and Sunglass Hut spaces, along with the nearby GameStop, will all be merged into one space for an unknown retailer.
Additionally, while much has been made of the renovations planned for the front of the mall, inside sources have long claimed there is plenty in store for the rear of the mall as well. I have now been able to substantiate this claim with verbiage from a building permit filed with the city of Atlanta.
"LENOX FOOD COURT EXTERIOR & INTERIOR DEMO & RENOVATION OF SEATING AREA OF FOODCOURT IMPROVEMENT ENCLUDE DEMOLITION PORTION OF THE CEILING FLOOR ABOVE SEATING, ADD OUT DOOR SEATING"
Apparently the adidas store closure and the likely closure of DeathWatch member Original Penguin will also play a part in the food court renovation. Some sources say that one or both spaces will have their floors removed to make the food court below more open and inviting.
Additionally, with news coming out this week that The Cheesecake Factory in Buckhead is not being offered a renewal of their lease, current chatter indicates that they will relocate to Lenox Square. While this has not been substantiated by any source inside SIMON, it would make more sense rather than open their other concept, Grand Lux Cafe, as I had earlier reported.
What are your thoughts on the renovations of Lenox Square? What restaurants quick service, casual or otherwise would you like to see added to the mall? Do you like the idea of Buckhead resident parking at Lenox Square?