High-end shaving chain headed to Galleria

P&G three years ago bought company that now runs about 70 stores

CoolSprings Galleria officials have signed a lease to add national men’s grooming company The Art of Shaving to their roster of tenants.

The Art of Shaving was founded in 1996 and was bought in mid-2009 by personal care giant Procter & Gamble. The chain now runs almost 70 stores across the country, almost twice the number it had when P&G stepped in. For now, the closest location to Nashville is in Atlanta.

The company’s Franklin location is expected to open in March and will be on the lower level of the mall near the Apple store in the Macy’s wing. Despite being owned by P&G, The Art of Shaving sits firmly on the premium end of the men’s cosmetics spectrum, selling aromatherapy-based grooming products and high-end shaving instruments, in addition to its four-step shaving services.

Landing the chain’s first Tennessee store continues a good run for the Galleria, which is owned by Chattanooga-based CBL & Associates. Among the stores that opened there in 2012 were Apple, Ann Taylor, J.Crew and White House | Black Market.

“Last year saw several notable store openings at CoolSprings Galleria,” said David Meadows, general manager of the mall. “We are thrilled to continue these openings in the new year and will have several more to announce for 2013 in the next few months.”