|The former home of Great American Cookies mere hours after their December 28th closure|
The former operators of Great American Cookies at Lenox Square contacted me to set the record straight on what caused their sudden closure.
"We were unable to come to terms on a new lease and, after more than a decade under our ownership, were sadly forced to close our store. While we apologize for the abruptness, the mall did not want a cookie store in that location after the end of the year, so a quick knockdown was unfortunately necessary. None of the new stores impacted our business, nor did they play a role in our exit. We truly loved serving our customers and thank them for allowing us to become a small part of their family traditions, celebrations, holidays and shopping excursions for so many years. We very much valued each and every customer and, if it were up to us, we would have continued serving them for another decade."
Valerie & Stewart Applebaum had owned the Lenox Square location of Great American Cookies since 2003 (it operated as a corporate location previously) and report that the location passed all regularly performed inspections by the City of Atlanta.
The Applebaums own Great American Cookies locations in Savannah, Charleston and Wilmington, North Carolina. The couple have plans to open a new location in Pooler (near Savannah) at the upcoming Tanger Savannah outlets, later this spring. As of now, the Applebaums have no plans to re-enter the metro Atlanta market.