Lush cosmetics adding some blush to Mall at University Town Center

Tesla also commits to building showroom inside mall

cschelle@bradenton.comJuly 10, 2014 

UNIVERSITY PARK -- The Mall at University Town Center will not have a shortage of cosmetics stores when it opens Oct. 16.

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics filed a building permit application Wednesday with Sarasota County to open a 937-square-foot store on the first level of the mall in the grand court.

The cosmetics company touts its fair trade buying for its ingredients, that it does not test items on animals and uses minimal packaging for its products.

The company was founded by Mark Constantine and Liz Weir in Poole, England, who developed cosmetics products that first appeared in The Body Shop before they started a mail order business. That led to eventually creating a Lush shop in England in 1995. The company now has more than 150 shops in North America with products made from two cosmetics kitchens in Canada, according to the company's website.

Lush also has locations in International Plaza and Westfield Brandon.

Lush will also add to a growing list of cosmetics stores in the mall including Art of Shaving, Aveda, Bath and Body Works, Kiehl's, MAC, Sephora plus cosmetics counters inside Dillard's, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Tesla also committed Wednesday to a 3,000-square-foot showroom on the first floor of the mall by Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Herald first reported

Tesla's interest in the mall in June after the business sought zoning clarification for an automotive showroom because it would technically be a dealership.

Tesla, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is known for making luxury and performance electric cars ranging from $70,000 to $100,000.

Tesla has experimented with specialty sales locations in high-end malls across America, including the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton and Dadeland Mall in Miami.

The two-level, 880,000-square-foot Mall at UTC on Cattlemen Road and University Parkway will feature more than 100 stores and restaurants including Apple, Crate & Barrel and H&M.

Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.

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