Lenox Square is an upscale enclosed super regional shopping mall located in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, Georgia. Lenox Square comprises more than 1,545,000 square feet of space, with 250 stores on four levels. The mall is home to three stores, Macys, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus. The mall is owned by Simon Property Group and has been owned by the Indianapolis-based developer since 1998, Lenox Square opened to the public on August 3,1959. Originally, it operated as a shopping center, much like a typical lifestyle center. The malls original anchors were Richs and Davisons, two of the most famous and acclaimed department stores in the area, as well as grocery chain Colonial Stores, the mall originally opened with 60 stores. Over the next few decades, the mall underwent four expansions, the most recent renovation included the expansion of the Neiman Marcus store by 52,000 square feet and the addition of 36,000 square feet of new retail space. Lenox Square houses several upscale stores that do not have other locations within several hundred miles of Atlanta, Lenox Square also has the largest Pottery Barn in their chain as well as one of the largest Forever 21 stores in the Southeastern United States. Lenox Square was developed by Ed Noble, a developer from Kansas City, Missouri, whose company, Noble Properties. Groundbreaking for the center occurred in July 1957, and it was completed on June 29,1958. The public opening ceremony for Lenox Square was held on August 3,1959, initially containing 800,000 square feet of retail, the shopping mall was situated on three levels, Mall. It was anchored by Richs, Davisons, and a Colonial Stores supermarket, there were 52 original tenants, including a bowling alley, indoor golf driving range, and a Kresge five and dime store. The Mall Level concourse featured several statues depicting Uncle Remus characters, such as Brer Fox, Brer Frog, a movie theater opened on the Market Level in June 1963. Within its first few years of its existence, Lenox Square would be a part of major events in the city. It is the point in the annual Peachtree Road Race. Davisons, owned by Macys since 1924, was rebranded as Macys in 1986, in 2000, the celebration of the Richs Great Tree moved to the flagship store from Underground Atlanta, after having been held downtown for decades. In 1991, Richs relocated their store to Lenox Square from downtown Atlanta. In 2003, Federated Department Stores began integrating the Macys name with their other regional department store brands, following the news, the Lenox Macys location closed and the building was renovated extensively to house the first Bloomingdales in the South, which opened in October 2003
The exterior sign of Lenox Square.
An aerial view of Lenox Square before its major renovation.