Paris Baguette, a Korean-owned bakery café franchise with more than 4,000 locations worldwide, is soon bringing its fresh bread and pastries to Ashford Lane in Dunwoody. Franchise owner Jun Lee confirmed to What Now Atlanta that they have wrapped up architectural work and are now in the permit stage of development.
Lee has also signed on as franchise owner of two other locations, one in Suwanee, the other in Buford. He expects to open a total of four locations within the next three years. The interiors for all of these bakeries are to follow the chain’s new redesign, which intends to resemble a traditional Parisian patisserie.
The Paris Baguette in Dunwoody will have a total of 60 seats available, including the indoor and patio seating areas. Lee said it will create 25 jobs, both full-time and part-time.
Originally from Korea, Lee immigrated to the United States 15 years ago with his parents. Since then, he has seen his father open five American Deli franchises across Georgia. Lee decided to open several Paris Baguette franchises, inspired by childhood nostalgia, and his love for pastries, cakes, and breads.
“For my birthdays, [Paris Baguette’s cake] is the only cake I’ve ever had,” Lee said. “I’ve had it since my childhood in Korea, which is where this brand originated from. I’ve been growing up with this brand and I’m excited that I finally get to open one of my own.”
In Ashford, Lee already has bakers and pâtissiers on board, but is still taking bids for a contractor. The store is expected to open later this year.