Great American Cookies became an instant retail phenomenon in 1977 when the first store opened in Atlanta's Perimeter Mall. Founded on the strength of a generations-old family chocolate chip cookie recipe, the company eventually set the standard for gourmet cookie sales in shopping centers nationwide. Being the biggest cookie company has never been the objective at Great American Cookies, the goal was simply to bake the best cookies ever made. However, by maintaining pride in service as well as providing the public with a delicious and appealing line of products, Great American Cookies became a leader in the snack food industry. Their mission statement is simply: Share the Fun of Cookies.