Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2016 Froyo Shop Openings and Closings in California

Fro-yo girl here. California is a large state and it’s the one with the most frozen yogurt shops. It’s challenging to track every froyo shop opening and closing. The openings are easier to track because shops make an effort to get their name out there. They usually have a Yelp listing and a presence on Facebook and/or Instagram. Shops generally close quietly, sometimes with no announcement.

There are also shops that move (I don’t count moves as an opening or closing though both technically occurred) and shops that have frozen yogurt but it isn’t their main thing (e.g., restaurants, convenience stores). Tracking frozen yogurt served at non-frozen yogurt shops is even more challenging.

Here’s my attempt to track froyo shop openings and closings in California this year:

New California Locations

  1. 33 Degree Frozen Yogurt Victorville
  2. Berry’s On Top Garden Grove
  3. Big Kahuna Elk Grove
  4. Big Kahuna Ceres
  5. Buono Vita Yogurt Berkeley 
  6. Cherry Chill Ontario 
  7. Chillbox San Diego 
  8. Cool Spot Brentwood
  9. Cups Frozen Yogurt Irvine
  10. Cups Torrey Hills
  11. Daddy’s Best Frozen Yogurt (truck)
  12. Exquisito Santa Ana 
  13. Fashion Fruit Yogurt Los Angeles
  14. Forever Yogurt/Bee & Tea Walnut Creek 
  15. Freezing Summer Los Angeles
  16. Froba Montebello
  17. Frozen D’light Corona
  18. Frozen Yogurt & Deli Montebello
  19. Fruity Tart Moreno Valley
  20. Go Greek Newport Beach 
  21. Go Greek Corona Del Mar 
  22. Golden Spoon Valencia
  23. Good Earth Yogurt Bishop
  24. ICE-YO West Hollywood
  25. Joe’s Organic Frozen Yogurt Fullerton
  26. Kuki's Ice Cream Cakes & Yogurt
  27. Loving Cup Greenbrae
  28. Menchie’s El Monte 
  29. Menchie’s South El Monte
  30. Menchie’s Fullerton
  31. Menchie’s Pico Rivera 
  32. Menchie’s Norco January
  33. Menchie’s Moreno Valley
  34. Menchie’s San Ramon 
  35. Menchie’s Victorville
  36. Menchie’s Lodi 
  37. Moo Moo Yogurt Foster City
  38. Myo Frozen Yogurt Walnut Creek
  39. Nuyo Frozen Yogurt Lincoln
  40. Pennylane Frozen Yogurt and Candy Campbell 
  41. Peachy King Fresno
  42. Rainbow Sprinkles Donuts & Frozen Yogurt South Lake Tahoe
  43. Red Mango Ruby Hill, Livermore
  44. Rosy Yogurt, Los Gatos
  45. Sweet Tahoe Time, Tahoe City
  46. Swirl Fiesta Riverside
  47. Swirl N Hearts Granada Hills
  48. Things N Yogurt Valencia
  49. U-Swirl Downey
  50. Valencia Yogurt Co. Valencia
  51. Verylicious Yogurt Hawthorne
  52. Wanna Chill? Redondo Beach
  53. Yo Way 
  54. Yogofina Elmwood, Berkeley
  55. Yogolicious Taft 
  56. Yogurt Cup Temecula
  57. Yogurt Delite Dublin
  58. Yogurt Heaven San Diego
  59. Yogurt Shop Danville
  60. Yogurt Shoppe Brentwood 
  61. Yogurtland Chatsworth 
  62. Yogurtland Westlake, LA 
  63. Yogurtland Boyle Heights 
  64. Yogurtland Long Beach, Spring St.
  65. Yogurtland Huntington Beach, July
  66. Yogurtland Cypress
  67. Yogurtland 28th & National, San Diego
  68. Yogurtland Lancaster`
  69. Yogurtland Riverside
  70. Yogurtland Ontario 
  71. Yogurtland Walnut
  72. Yogurtland Santa Ana Sunflower
  73. Yogurtland Paramount 
  74. Yogurtland Hesperia
  75. Yogurtland Redlands
  76. Yogurtland Compton
  77. Yogurtland Hayward 
  78. Yogurtland Garden Grove Promenade, Chapman
  79. Yogurtland North Hollywood
  80. Yogurtland Huntington Park
  81. Yogurtland El Cajon, Jamacha Village
  82. Yogurtland Express, Petco Park, San Diego
  83. Yogurtland Express, Petco Park #2
  84. Yogurtland Express Angels Stadium 
  85. Yogurtland Express Angels Stadium #2
  86. Yogurtland Express Raging Waters San Dimas
  87. Yogurtland Express Raging Waters Sacramento
  88. Yogurtland Santa Monica (Lincoln/Pico)

Closed locations 2016

  1. Big Spoon Dixon
  2. Brew-Le Valencia (replaced by Things N Yogurt)
  3. Buzio's Pasadena
  4. C&M Cafe Sherman Oaks
  5. Cherry on Top Diamond Bar
  6. Cherry on Top Laguna Niguel
  7. Danville Desserts Danville (replaced by Yogurt Shop)
  8. FroYo Love Oceanside
  9. Frozen Flavors Sun Valley 
  10. Go Greek Yogurt Corona Del Mar
  11. Go Greek Yogurt Newport Beach
  12. GoGo Froyo truck
  13. Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt Chula Vista
  14. Ice Krave North Hollywood
  15. Kate's Yogurt Solvang
  16. Love Yogurt Bakersfield
  17. Menchie’s Huntington Beach
  18. Michelle's Yogurt & Sweets Berkeley
  19. Miyo Yogurt Los Altos
  20. Nubi Yogurt San Mateo
  21. Nubi Yogurt San Leandro
  22. Pinkberry Alvarado, Monterey
  23. Pinkberry Rancho Cucamonga
  24. Pinkberry Santa Clara
  25. Pinkberry Tustin
  26. Pinkberry West San Jose 
  27. Pinkberry Brentwood, Los Angeles
  28. PitStop Froyo Burbank
  29. Red Mango/Auntie Anne's Palo Alto
  30. SnapFit Frozen Yogurt Canoga Park
  31. Sno South Lake Tahoe
  32. Sparky's Yogurt, Santa Monica
  33. Spoon Me, Marysville
  34. Spoon Me, Redding
  35. Spoon Me, Woodland
  36. Sweet & Swirly Frozen Yogurt, Port Hueneme
  37. Sweet Retreat Blossom Valley San Jose (due to fire)
  38. Sweet Tart Moreno Valley
  39. Tutti Frutti Brea
  40. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, DTLA 1st & Hope
  41. Tutti Frutti Whittier
  42. Tutti Frutti North Hollywood (replaced by Yogurtland)
  43. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, Boyle Heights
  44. Tutti Frutti Danville
  45. Tutti Frutti Sunnyvale
  46. Tuttimelon SF Chinatown
  47. Twirl Frozen Yogurt (later Larchmont Juicery) Los Angeles
  48. Valencia Yogurt Company Valencia
  49. Yogen Fruz San Diego
  50. Yogen Fruz Tarzana
  51. Yogurt Blast Duarte
  52. Yogurt Coffee & Beyond Oroville
  53. Yogurt Cove San Jose
  54. Yogurt In Love Monterey Park
  55. Yogurt Planet Northridge
  56. Yogurt Station Walnut Creek (now Myo but under the same ownership and management)
  57. Yogurt Zone Encino
  58. Yogurtland Woodland Hills
  59. Yogurtland LAX
  60. Yogurtland Lebec/Tejon Ranch
  61. Yogurtland Universal City Walk (to be replaced by Menchie's)
  62. YogurtLane Simi Valley
  63. Yolatea Pleasanton
  64. Yolo Berry Berkeley (replaced by Buono Vita Yogurt)
  65. Yoppi Yogurt Walnut Creek
  66. Yoppi Yogurt Belmont
  67. Yoppi Yogurt Glendale
  68. YoYumYum Oxnard
  69. Yumi Yogurt Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo
  70. Yumi Yogurt Millbrae
  71. Yumi Yogurt Los Gatos


· Yogurtland Fullerton (and reopened)

· 21 Choices Pasadena (should reopen in 2017)

Remodeled and Moved

· Yogurtland West Covina

· Humphrey Yogart

Nontraditional (not a froyo shop) Openings

1. C&M Café Sherman Oaks

2. Edible Arrangements (various) 

3. It’s Boba Time East Hollywood

4. Foodhall San Francisco

5. Mali Cuisine Thousand Oaks

6. Moo Greek Yogurt Los Angeles

7. Popbar San Jose

8. Popbar Torrance

9. Popbar Huntington Beach

10. Souvla, NOPA, San Francisco

11. Spread Mediterranean Kitchen Los Angeles

12. Sunlife Organics Pasadena

13. Sweet Lab Rosemead

14. Target/Freshii Pasadena

15. Target/Freshii Brea

16. Target/Freshii Woodland Hills

17. Target/Freshii Culver City

18. Target/Freshii Irvine

19. Yalla Fremont

20. Yalla Seal Beach

Coming Soon

1. Go Greek Santa Monica

2. Golden Spoon Valencia

3. Menchie’s Glendale

4. Pinkberry Anaheim

5. Souvla, Valencia St.

6. Yogurtland Santa Monica Lincoln

7. Yogurtland West Hollywood

8. SnapFit Frozen Yogurt Brea

9. Sweet Retreat Ice Cream San Jose

I expected to see more frozen yogurt shop closings than openings this year, similar to last year, but the number of openings far exceeded the number of closings (88 openings vs. 71 closings) without counting the non-traditional froyo openings. I didn’t think there was room for more frozen yogurt in Berkeley, but new shops opened there this year.

Yogurtland is on fire, opening 28 locations, mostly in Southern California and including the Express concept at Raging Waters, Angels Stadium and Petco Park. Menchie’s opened 9 locations in California in 2016. Chains like Cups, U-Swirl, and Forever Yogurt added California locations this year. A few organic frozen yogurt shops opened, including Brew-Le, Pennylane, and Joe’s Organic Frozen Yogurt. Brew-Le opened, changed owners and closed in less than a year.

The number of non-traditional locations (i.e., locations that are not frozen yogurt shops) is greater than reported because Edible Arrangements added Edible to Go, with frozen yogurt, to some of its stores (I don’t know how many). I heard that additional Daphne’s Greek locations will be converted to Yalla Mediterranean but I don’t know how many or when. Freshii locations within Target now serve vanilla froyo.

Tutti Frutti had the most closings, with six California locations closing in 2016. Next, Pinkberry closed five California locations in 2016. I'm worried about the remaining locations. Some of them look neglected and very little that's new has come out since Pinkberry was acquired. They've been closing locations outside of California as well. Yogen Fruz closed several California locations. Menchie’s closed one California location. Yogurtland closed some high profile locations including the new one in Woodland Hills, the one at LAX and the fancy one at Universal City Walk.

Did I miss any openings or closings? Let me know.

You know you love me. X0 X0, fro-yo girl.

Looking for more frozen yogurt news, discussion boards, and resources? Check out the International Frozen Yogurt Association website at http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/. The IFYA is the independent voice of the frozen yogurt industry.

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