Smoothie King

Brands Battle Theft, Buddy-Punching With Biometrics

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Employee theft may not be many brands’ No. 1 challenge in the ever-tenuous economic environment, but it’s a threat that exists in many forms. And quick serves across the industry are doing something about it, with the help of biometric point-of-sale systems.

Smoothie King Marks 20 Months of Positive Sales

Smoothie King Franchises, the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced that it has experienced 20 months of consecutive positive same-store sales.

Coming off an overall 10.8 percent increase from last year, in January 2013 alone, Smoothie King’s U.S. locations reported a 4.2 percent increase in same-store sales, as compared to the previous year.

Smoothie King Offers Franchise Incentive to Spur Growth

Smoothie King Franchises Inc., a smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced a new franchise development incentive program in celebration of its 40th anniversary. New franchisees will receive 40 percent off the franchise fee, a savings of $10,000, for the first 40 agreements signed in 2013.

The Global 30

Now more than ever, quick-service executives are opening their eyes to the wealth of opportunity that lies beyond U.S. borders, realizing that abroad is where the growth is—and for good reason.

“Domestic is one country; international is every other country,” says Bob Kaufman, vice president of business development for Southern California–based The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL).

“Of course international is huge, because of the sheer number of people and markets and opportunities.”

Smoothie King Lures Franchisees with Incentives

Smoothie King Franchises, the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced a new franchise development incentive program in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

New franchisees will receive 40 percent off the franchise fee, a savings of $10,000, for the first 40 agreements signed in 2013.

“At Smoothie King, we are proud of our brand heritage and excited to mark our 40th anniversary with a new, limited incentive program for new franchisees,” says Smoothie King global CEO Wan Kim.

Breaking the 7 Unwritten Rules

How some operators succeed by going against the industry’s conventional wisdom.

Every industry has its unwritten rules for success, a series of dos and don’ts that conventional wisdom suggests are the path to profits.

The quick-serve industry is no exception. For decades, companies have operated under a series of assumptions that guide their business decisions and compose their operations manuals. And many of these brands would suggest they’ve been all the wiser—and richer—by playing by the rules.

New Singapore Unit Part of Smoothie King's Big Asia Plans

Smoothie King Franchises Inc., a smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced its grand opening in Singapore—the first international Smoothie King location to open under recently appointed Global CEO, Wan Kim. Part of the company’s aggressive approach to open 1,000 new domestic and international locations by 2017, the Singapore store will be one of the few hundred company stores, operated by SK USA Inc.

Smoothie King Expands HQ in the Big Easy

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Smoothie King CEO Wan Kim announced the corporate headquarters expansion of Smoothie King Franchises, with the company committing to retain its headquarters in the New Orleans area.

Smoothie King will create 60 direct jobs over the next five years in a new headquarters location in Jefferson Parish.

The company will also retain 45 existing headquarters personnel, who will move from Smoothie King's current corporate office in Covington. The 60 new direct jobs will pay an average salary of $75,000, plus benefits.

Rags to Riches

After working for more than 12 years in multiple departments of the Smoothie King corporate office, Rose Kuhnau made her franchising debut in 2000, purchasing her first Smoothie King unit in New Orleans.

Today, Kuhnau owns four units in the Big Easy’s metropolitan area, helping to grow a brand that was started by her father. She was recently named one of the “Most Improved Franchisees” after transforming one unit and increasing sales by $250,000 in its first year.

Kuhnau offers advice on how to transform a down-on-its-luck unit into one of the system’s highest performers.

Smoothie King Debuts First Unit Under New CEO's Reign

Smoothie King Franchises, the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced the opening of its first location in Aventura, Florida, marking the beginning of the brand's accelerated expansion plan under new global CEO Wan Kim.

The Aventura location is owned by veteran franchisee Chris Webb and plans to open to the public on November 5, 2012.

The Aventura store is the 19th Smoothie King in south Florida and part of the company's rapid growth plan, with an early focus on this emerging market.

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