NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, is proud to announce today it has awarded nearly 100 stores from across its international network with the 8th annual King's Klub award. Smoothie King's most prestigious honor, the King's Klub, acknowledges franchisees' top-performing stores with annual sales of more than $500,000. The smoothie concept saw a 41 percent increase in King's Klub recipients, as compared to the previous year. At the inception of the King's Klub in 2005, the first seven stores were honored for their achievements.
"Smoothie King would like to congratulate all of our King's Klub members and thank them for their ongoing commitment and dedication to the success of our brand," said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim. "These franchisees have demonstrated outstanding performance that continues to raise the bar for our growing system."
In addition to the nearly 70 U.S. stores that accomplished over $500,000 sales in 2012, Smoothie King's Lafayette, La., location had the best sales performance in the U.S. with over $1.3 million in sales last year. On the international front, four of Smoothie King's South Korea locations generated annual sales of more than $1 million, including one store with a record-breaking $2 million.
Smoothie King plans to add 1,000 new franchised and corporate locations domestically over the next five years. Even with more than 500 locations in the U.S., the brand still 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.
New franchisees can still take advantage of Smoothie King's incentive program and receive 40 percent off the franchise fee, a savings of $10,000, until the first 40 agreements of 2013 have been signed. Interested entrepreneurs 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 Natalie Johnson at (985) 635- 6973, ext. 115.
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 600 units operating in 32 states, the Caymans, Singapore and the Republic of Korea. In 2013, Smoothie King® was ranked no. 1 by Entrepreneur magazine in the juice bar category for the 19th year and no. 104 overall on the 2013 Franchise 500 list. Visit www.smoothieking.com; engage on Facebook www.facebook.com/SmoothieKing; follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smoothieking.
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