With the popcorn craze making a surprisingly late entry into Buckhead, Pink Popcorn will be the third popcorn shop to open in Buckhead in the past year. In suburban areas like Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Kennesaw and elsewhere, popcorn shops have been around (in quantity) for well over a year, with some now being mini chains. The common denominator in most operations is that most claim to offer "over 250 flavors."
Pink Popcorn will open between Domino's Pizza and Tex's Tacos on Roswell Road in central Buckhead.
I previously wrote about popcorn shops last November, mentioning both a number of growing national franchises as well as a couple that have roots in Atlanta and were looking to grow. LockHeart Popcorn was found predominantly in suburban malls like Cumberland in Cobb and Arbor Place in Douglasville, but seems to have since reduced their number of locations. Popcorn Haven is often found in strip centers and operates about a dozen franchised and licensed locations.
Neither of these operators nor national franchisor Doc Popcorn have a presence in Buckhead. Instead, independent operations exist in the form of It's Poppin' on Peachtree Road near Grandview Avenue, and CaJa, also on Peachtree in the Peachtree Battle shopping center. CaJa recently partnered with Concentrics restaurants to create "chef-driven" popcorn flavors, while It's Poppin' is owned by Ardra Tippett of Decatur's Cake Cafe.
Is the popcorn craze a little late to Buckhead? Are you a fan of flavored popcorn? What has a better chance of longterm success, popcorn or yogurt?