DaVinci’s Donuts is going modular in Buckhead.
The customize-it-your-way doughnut concept later this year will open a shipping container storefront on Lenox Square Mall property.
Situated on a corner portion of the Buckhead mall’s front parking lot across from The Westin hotel, the 320-square-foot DaVinci’s Donuts could open mid-to-late July.
“This is a great opportunity for [DaVinci’s Donuts] to venture into a different store format then we’re used to,” Andy Rudd, founder of the doughnut chain, exclusively shared with What Now Atlanta in a telephone interview.
“We’re scheduled for a delivery of the container the first week in July.”
The 40-foot repurposed shipping container will get retrofitted on location once the site work is complete, Rudd said.
Glass on either side of the entrance will create a “nice open feel” and a deck outside will offer the option to dine al fresco.
“It’s really a beautiful, cool concept.”
Rudd and his team “lucked out” in landing the deal with Lenox Square Mall’s developer Simon Property Group.
“Mall management was looking for a breakfast-style concept for one of the shipping container locations, and by happenstance, our doughnuts were served at an internal meeting. The rest is history.”
The new DaVinci’s Donuts will be a corporate-owned store, serving its bite-sized dipped doughnuts that guests customize on site with toppings and sauces.
Coffee drinks will also be served.
“We’re thankful to Lenox and Simon for giving us this emerging business opportunity and we look forward to serving the community.”
Existing locations of the doughnut chain are in Alpharetta, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs.
Two additional franchised locations are planned for Dawsonville (letter of intent) and Suwanee in the Publix-anchored Village Shoppes at Windermere, at 3120 Mathis Airport Pkwy.
DaVinci’s Donuts is one of at least two planned shipping container concepts for outside Lenox Square Mall.
In March Buckhead planners heard a proposal for a 2,500-square-foot modular retailer center, made-up of nine shipping containers, planned for the southwest corner of the mall’s campus.