A sign reminds customers to practice social distancing as Justin Cormier, right, assists Lisa Trahan at Pop-A-Licious Gourmet Popcorn on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Mall of Acadiana in Lafayette.

Pop-A-Licious Gourmet Popcorn will move to a location in downtown Lafayette after closing its space in the Acadiana Mall.

Owner Justin Cormier announced on Facebook late Tuesday he will move to 415 Lee Ave. in the former space of 7 Stitches. It’s the space he looked at two years ago before deciding to open in the mall, but this time the location made more sense.

He hopes to open next week.

“At that point in time, I didn’t feel like the downtown area had the drive that it has now,” Cormier said. “The mall was great for us, but I passed a couple of weeks back and saw the (downtown) space was for lease again. I felt like it was a perfect match.  I love the culture of downtown. It’s a perfect match.”

The size of the new space is similar to the 1,033-square-foot space at the mall, but the layout will allow Cormier to introduce a DIY concept in which customers will be able to make their own popcorn and decorate a 1-gallon tin. The process will take up to two hours.

“You can make the popcorn, socialize and decorate the tin,” he said. “I feel like it’s good for team building to do something social.”

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