March 11, 2015 01:19 PM
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Lee Michaels has started construction on its fourth free-standing store. The new location, underway in the Whole Foods anchored-Ambassador Crossing — will replace the company’s longtime store in Acadiana Mall.

The fine jeweler has eight stores in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

“This year will mark Lee Michael’s 37th year in business,” Scott Berg, market president of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, said in a prepared release. “The community’s support over the last 30 years has made it possible for us to relocate and build a free-standing location at Ambassador Crossing set to open in January of 2016.”

The 6,000-square-foot space was designed by the Baton Rouge architecture firm DNA Workshop, and the contractor is Lafayette-based Rudick Company. The new store will feature a Rolex corner, one of the first David Yurman shop-in-shops in an independent jewelry store, and a large selection of designers including John Hardy, Penny Preville and Mikimoto.

Lee Michaels is a member of the American Gem Society, an internationally recognized organization of jewelers and manufacturers who adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct in professional expertise, merchandising and advertising.

“We have enjoyed our location in Acadiana Mall, but moving to this location just feels like the right place at the right time,” Berg said in the release.

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