Two healthy-food franchises are among the businesses opening new metro Phoenix during the second half of this year.
One is Smoothie King, a New Orleans-based business that has two Phoenix-area franchises. Plans call for another two this year and four more next year, said Steve Shields, the company’s franchise development manager.
Healthy and nutritious food is popular among today’s consumers, he said.
“The demographics are right for the product we have,” he said. Smoothie King’s smoothies can be divided into four categories: meal replacements, high-protein alternatives, vegan and slimming down.
Franchisee Denisse Eddings said she became interested in opening a Smoothie King after trying the product at a Houston store. She is planning to open three locations in the Mesa/Gilbert area in the next 21/2 years, including one this year.
Addresses of the new locations will be released later.
Another company planning expansion is Pita Pit, which is adding four locations by the end of the year, said Bill Willfong, the Kingston, Ontario-based company’s vice president of franchise development.
One location, at 1754 S. Greenfield Road, Mesa, is slated to open July 15, he said. A second Mesa location, 2110 W. Southern Ave., is expected to open at the end of September.
Two other stores, both in Phoenix, are expected to open by November.
The healthy fast-food company is expanding elsewhere across the country and internationally, said Kevin Sanders, Pita Pit’s vice president of brand marketing.
Other business that have opened new facilities or have expanded features at existing stores are:
– Amada Senior Care, a provider of non-medical in-home care and assisted living placement counseling, which recently opened a new office at 1660 S. Alma School Road, Suite 225, Mesa. Franchise partners Kris Patmos and Kimberly Perkins spent years in the sales and healthcare industries before deciding to open the senior care facility.
– The Bosque, a startup plant shop that has opened inside monOrchid gallery, 214 E. Roosevelt St., in Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row.
The shop is owned by Michael Lanier, who initially sold plants at the Saturday Phoenix Public Market, until the heat caused him to look for a permanent location.
– Best Buy, which is creating a store-within-a-store dedicated Samsung products in two of its metro Phoenix stores.
Called the Samsung Open House, the concepts will feature nearly the entire line of Samsung home appliances, whether as physical products or as life-size views on an 85-inch touchscreen display.
The mini-stores are slated to be completed by end of this week. at the 20th Street and Camelback Road, Phoenix, and 5051 E. Ray Road, Chandler, locations.
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