2014

Smoothie King Ends 40th Year In Business With Strong Growth, Significant Same-Store Sales Increase Leading Smoothie Concept Signed 93 Single-Unit and 10 Area Development Agreements in 2013

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, experienced its fourth consecutive year of same-store sales growth and development in 2013. Smoothie King's 93 single-unit and 10 area development agreements is a record for the company, which demonstrates the brand's commitment to continuing its aggressive growth beyond its 40th year.

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In 2013, the New Orleans-based smoothie franchise expanded its global reach with five new international locations in Singapore and 20 units in South Korea. Domestically, Smoothie King's footprint expanded to Connecticut, one of the 41 new franchised locations and 10 corporate stores opened last year.

"Smoothie King is outpacing other brands in our category in same-store sales and development. We've achieved tremendous growth over the past year and we have no plans of slowing down," said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim, who reenergized the brand's growth after purchasing the company in 2012. "Our proven business model combined with our new, refreshed brand image and new store design, have jumpstarted Smoothie King's development. Our commitment to furthering our mission to inspire healthy and active lifestyles continues to drive our success."  

Smoothie King is on track to open 160 new franchised locations in 2014 in cities such as Atlanta Austin, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and other markets throughout the U.S. In addition, Smoothie King plans to open 25 corporate stores in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and South Florida.

Smoothie King, which reported a five percent same-store sales growth in 2013, plans to add more than 900 new franchised and corporate locations domestically over the next four years. The brand has extensive smoothie franchise opportunities available in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, as well as Texas. Smoothie King also continues to expand internationally through both master franchise and corporate stores in South Korea, Singapore and the Cayman Islands, and is focusing on identifying partners in several key countries in Asia and the Middle East.

Franchisees should possess a passion for the brand and be dedicated to serving the community. While restaurant experience is not required, the ideal candidate for the smoothie franchise should have an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as sales, marketing, restaurant and/or retail experience. 

To learn more about the benefits of owning a Smoothie King, or for more information and to register for a Discovery Day, please visit www.smoothiekingfranchise.com or contact Stephen Foley at stephen.foley@smoothieking.com or (985) 635-6973, ext. 154.

About Smoothie King Franchises Inc. // SK USA, INC.
Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. is a privately held; New Orleans-area-based franchise company and the premier Smoothie Bar and Nutritional Lifestyle Center in the industry. Smoothie King® offers guests the original nutritional fresh-blended smoothie and healthy retail products, including sports beverages, energy bars, healthy snacks, vitamin supplements, herbs, minerals and other sports nutrition products. Smoothie King® opened its first store in 1973 and started as the first franchised smoothie bar/health food store in the United States in 1989. Smoothie King® currently has more than 650 units operating in 33 states, the Caymans, Singapore and the Republic of Korea. In 2014, Smoothie King® was ranked no. 1 by Entrepreneur magazine in the juice bar category for the 20th year and no. 86 overall on the 2014 Franchise 500 list. Visit www.smoothieking.com or www.smoothiekingfranchise.com; engage on Facebook www.facebook.com/SmoothieKing; follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smoothieking.

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SOURCE Smoothie King Franchises, Inc.



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