Beverly Hills-based Sprinkles Cupcakes has set what I'm told is a firm date for their opening at Lenox Square. The popular cupcake shop, delayed over a month, will open December 13th at the front of the posh Buckhead mall.
Sprinkles Lenox will offer not only the shop's signature cupcakes, but also their new ice cream as well. The cupcake shop will be open from 9 am until 9 pm, and the ice cream shop will operate from noon until midnight. The shop is able to operate such extended hours due to its location at the mall's new front with exterior access. The iconic Cupcake ATM will also be onsite and will be stocked throughout the day. Insiders says Sprinkles is considering the sale of cookies and possibly even doughnuts at the shop as well.
Sprinkles representatives were interviewing on location at Lenox Square yesterday, and say that construction delays have prevented them from opening sooner. A source with knowledge of the construction had told me last month that the shop would be open in time for Black Friday, but alas, that was not possible. Near Sprinkles, UGG Australia is also delayed, and is not expecting to be open for at least 10-14 days, but will "definitely be open by Black Friday."
Nike has opened their relocated and expanded two-story store at the front of the mall, as have Sperry TopSider and a relocated Karen Millen. Lacoste is expected to open within a few weeks.
Zinburger, being developed locally by The Briad Group, is expected to open early next year, while True Food Kitchen, now owned by P.F. Chang's, is five to six months out, according to a source at their Phoenix location. The nearly $5 million The Cheesecake Factory, relocating from their current location south on Peachtree, is slated to open sometime in the second quarter of next year.
The above photo reflects the progress of the new J.Crew Men's Shop, occupying what was Karen Millen. The store is slated to open "in December," which is possible, but likely pretty darn close to Christmas.
In the "Fashion Café" (formerly the Lenox Square food court,) Chick-fil-A has opened in their new and relocated space, while Chipotle Mexican Grill is a few weeks away from opening.