Zoup! is bringing its environment of comfort, satisfaction and convenience to Florence. With almost 100 locations across the United States and in Canada – including one in Louisville, the thriving chain has stirred up quite a following over the last 20 years. Now, Florence, Kentucky residents will get to see what the fuss is about when the popular concept opens its newest location this fall in the Florence Square shopping center.

“My husband Jim and I happened across Zoup! last year while traveling,” says franchise owner and operator Pat Cowley. “We loved the idea, as we are year-round soup eaters. We could not believe how good the soup was. Jim is a chef who makes incredible soups, and the soups we tried at Zoup! were as good and flavorful as the ones he makes. We’re extremely excited to bring Zoup!’s high-quality gourmet soups and culture of community service to Florence.”

For Cowley, a 30-year veteran of the corporate sector (most recently as senior vice president of a leading global marketing, research and media services company), the restaurant business is in her blood. Her grandparents opened an Italian restaurant in a Chicago suburb that is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, and her uncle owns a successful retail and wholesale bakery. Cowley plans to manage the location full-time while drawing on Jim’s 33 years of experience in the restaurant and food service industry.

Located at 7743 Mall Road A in the Florence Square shopping center, Zoup! Florence will be open daily. For additional information, visit zoup.com.

Zoup! features a wide variety of award-winning soups with 12 rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, low-cal, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options, all served with a hunk of freshly baked bread. Customer favorites include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and Brewhouse Cheddar, but guests are encouraged to find the soup that’s perfect for them by sampling before they order. The menu also features seasonal, made-to-order salads and sandwiches, and all menu items are available in convenient catering sizes for groups of 10 or more.

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