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Planet Smoothie

February 23, 2016 13:40 ET

Planet Smoothie Announces New-Store Goals for 2016

Growing Smoothie Franchise Has Prime Territories Available Around the U.S., Touts Streamlined Operational Systems as Key to New Growth

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Feb 23, 2016) - The Planet Smoothie franchise surpassed the 100-store mark in 2015, capitalizing on customer-based growth due to strong and growing consumer interest in nutritionally beneficial, portable snack options as part of a healthy lifestyle.

In 2016, that growth will continue; 14 new stores are planned, said John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development.

"Our performance in 2015 highlights Planet Smoothie's commitment to creating a simple and affordable business model for entrepreneurs, as well as our commitment to providing fresh and healthy options for today's consumers in search of healthier and tastier quick-service food options," Wuycheck said. "Every Planet Smoothie franchise sets itself apart by offering great-tasting smoothies that use natural ingredients. In a side-by-side comparison, our smoothies generally have less sugar and fewer calories -- a big competitive advantage as Americans actively seek healthier options."

Planet Smoothie is led by a veteran franchise team and dedicated brand support team as part of the Kahala Brands family. Currently there are single- and multi-unit franchise opportunities available in prime territories across the nation, including completely new territories as well as opportunities in well-established markets in the Southeast, and in Florida in particular.

"In areas where smoothie franchises have not yet entered the market, many times communities just need to learn about our product to be excited by its quality, taste and health benefits," Wuycheck said. "A good example is Central Florida. Back in 1999, no one knew much about smoothies until Area Developer Jason Mann helped grow the brand from a handful of stores then to more than two dozen today."

Another differentiator that will allow for smooth and rapid expansion is Planet Smoothie's streamlined operation systems, which allows people from many backgrounds to easily start and operate its franchises.

"We have the products consumers want and the systems in place to help new and existing franchise owners grab and grow market share," Wuycheck said. "It's a winning formula, and we're excited to see what the coming months will bring."

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