“I love Knoxville,” said Mark Creekmur, the new vice president of operations, baker and decorator for Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies, both owned by FAT Brands family and located at 10972 Parkside Drive, next to Blaze Pizza. Creekmur took over the stores Thursday, April 6.
“And we have the one at West Town Mall that is Great American Cookies only,” he said. “Typically, the mall stores are stand-alone Cookies.
“Then, as we branch out into individual strip malls, they’ve started to co-brand some, and we’ve added the ice cream,” Creekmur added. “We do have a location in Memphis that is Great American Cookies and Pretzels.
“We’ve been looking at these locations for several months. It just so happened that the prior (franchise) owner was looking to sell.”
Labeling the company as “a small franchise group,” Creekmur added. “We have units in Knoxville, Jackson, Nashville, Memphis and South Haven, Mississippi, which is part of Memphis but on the Mississippi line.”
The shop offers a variety of cookies, from the original chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, cookies and cream and sugar to the unique strawberry crinkle, chewy pecan supreme, a limited-time blueberry muffin and the Double Doozie — two cookies made as a sandwich with icing in the middle.
“They’re all pretty popular,” he said. “Everyone has to have their favorite.”
Additionally, it has 15-plus flavors of “homemade” ice cream.
“One thing about our ice cream is we have mix-ins available, so you can choose your ice cream. Then, there’s an array of toppings — chocolate chips, M&Ms, sprinkles, Gummy Bears — that you can mix into the ice cream,” Creekmur said.
“And we’re also really well-known for the original cookie cake,” he added. “We have different sizes of the cookie cake that can be decorated in an array of styles for any celebration.”
Customers also can take two cookies and make an ice cream sandwich with their choice of ice cream. “The choices are really unlimited,” Creekmur said.
The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
To order, or for more information, call 865-625-4030 or visit online at greatamericancookies.com