Gourmet popcorn and premium audio company coming to Buckhead mall.
Chicago-based Garrett Popcorn plans to open a new location at Lenox Square. The store will be the chain's first in Georgia and its only domestic location aside from Chicago, New York and Las Vegas. The chain has a number of international locations. The building permit filed with the city of Atlanta does not specify a location, but I'm inclined to think they may occupy the current AT&T store in the Fashion Cafe. At&t will soon move to their new "at&t Store of the Future," leaving the current small space available.
Lenox Square has had at least one kiosk-based popcorn purveyor, but has never had a storefront popcorn shop.
Framingham, Massachusettes-based Bose is also opening a new store at Lenox Square. According to their building permit, they will be in suite K113, which a Lenox Square representative identified as a kiosk location. Based on information available on the Bose corporate website, it's likely the Lenox Square location will be a "Bose Personal Audio Store."
This kind of "store" is the newest concept from the company, and offers an abbreviated selection of popular Bose products. Although it does not say it explicitly, this concept seems well suited to fit into a kiosk model, not unlike their existing airport kiosk stores.
Bose has existing "Factory Stores" at Sugarloaf Mills in Lawrenceville, North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville, and at the new Outlet Shops at Atlanta in Woodstock.
Bose was started by MIT graduate Amar G. Bose in 1964, and for many years has owned the luxury headphone market. More recently, Beats by Dre, now owned by Apple, has taken the lead in noise canceling headphones, once an area which Bose all but controlled.
Both Garrett and Bose are expected to open "in the coming months."