With the goal of bringing a healthy, active lifestyle brand to fans in his local community, David Katz, principal of Five Star Equity Partners, LLC, celebrated the signing of an agreement with Jamba Juice for the rights to open five stores in Connecticut over the next several years.
“Jamba Juice is a renowned specialty beverage and food destination, and I am excited to expand its presence here in Connecticut,” says Katz, whose Five Star Equity Partners is leading Jamba’s franchise expansion in Connecticut. “We have experienced tremendous success with our first joint Jamba-Bruegger’s Bagels store serving the Orange, Connecticut–area and are very excited to expand this concept.”
Katz anticipates opening his next joint concept location in May 2013 and is currently looking for suitable locations, including at least one shopping mall. Each location will accommodate both a Jamba Juice and Bruegger’s Bagels outlet and will carry traditional Jamba smoothies and juices with a limited snack menu.
This is Katz’ second Jamba Juice store agreement. Katz is also the franchise operator of the adjacent Bruegger’s Bakery.
He was the winner of the 2011 Orange Economic Development Corporation’s Business Person of the Year and is a graduate of the Center for Culinary Arts (Cromwell, Connecticut).
Katz honed his chef skills in several high-end restaurant kitchens in New Haven, Connecticut. For Katz, the investment in Jamba Juice represents an opportunity to bring a nationally recognized health and wellness brand to his local community, friends, and family and further the mission to inspire and simplify healthy living.