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

Closed locations 2016

  1. Betel Frozen Yogurt Santa Paula
  2. Big Spoon Dixon
  3. Brew-Le Valencia (replaced by Things N Yogurt)
  4. Bon Bon Frozen Yogurt San Marcos
  5. Buzio's Pasadena
  6. C&M Cafe Sherman Oaks
  7. Cherry on Top Diamond Bar
  8. Cherry on Top Laguna Niguel
  9. Danville Desserts Danville (replaced by Yogurt Shop)
  10. DJ's Yogurt Huntington Park
  11. FroYo Love Oceanside
  12. Frozen Flavors Sun Valley 
  13. Fruit Yogurt La Verne
  14. Go Greek Yogurt Corona Del Mar
  15. Go Greek Yogurt Newport Beach
  16. GoGo Froyo truck
  17. Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt Chula Vista
  18. Ice Krave North Hollywood
  19. Icicles Newport Beach
  20. Kate's Yogurt Solvang
  21. Love Yogurt Bakersfield
  22. Menchie’s Huntington Beach
  23. Michelle's Yogurt & Sweets Berkeley
  24. Midtown Cafe, Mountain View
  25. Milne's Yogurt, Visalia
  26. Miyo Yogurt Los Altos
  27. Nubi Yogurt San Mateo
  28. Nubi Yogurt San Leandro
  29. Oopa Yogurt Bar Folsom
  30. Pinkberry Alvarado, Monterey
  31. Pinkberry Rancho Cucamonga
  32. Pinkberry Santa Clara
  33. Pinkberry Tustin
  34. Pinkberry West San Jose 
  35. Pinkberry Brentwood, Los Angeles
  36. PitStop Froyo Burbank
  37. Red Mango/Auntie Anne's Palo Alto
  38. SnapFit Frozen Yogurt Canoga Park
  39. Sno South Lake Tahoe
  40. Sparky's Yogurt Santa Monica
  41. Spoon Me Marysville
  42. Spoon Me Redding
  43. Spoon Me Woodland
  44. Sweet & Swirly Frozen Yogurt, Port Hueneme
  45. Sweet Retreat Blossom Valley San Jose (due to fire)
  46. Sweet's Yogurt Riverside
  47. Sweet Tart Moreno Valley
  48. Swirl N Hearts Granada Hills
  49. Tommy K's 4 Alarm Yogurt Red Bluff
  50. Tutti Frutti Brea
  51. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, DTLA 1st & Hope
  52. Tutti Frutti Whittier
  53. Tutti Frutti North Hollywood (replaced by Yogurtland)
  54. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, Boyle Heights
  55. Tutti Frutti Danville
  56. Tutti Frutti Sunnyvale
  57. Tutti Frutti Santa Monica
  58. Tutti Frutti Woodland Hills
  59. Tuttimelon SF Chinatown
  60. Twirl Frozen Yogurt (later Larchmont Juicery) Los Angeles
  61. Valencia Yogurt Company Valencia
  62. YoBoLand Tarzana
  63. Yogen Fruz San Diego
  64. Yogen Fruz Tarzana
  65. Yogurt Bar Santa Ana
  66. Yogurt Blast Duarte
  67. Yogurt Coffee & Beyond Oroville
  68. Yogurt Cove San Jose
  69. Yogurt In Love Monterey Park
  70. Yogurt Planet Northridge
  71. Yogurt Station Walnut Creek (now Myo but under the same ownership and management)
  72. Yogurt Zone Encino
  73. Yogurtland Woodland Hills
  74. Yogurtland LAX
  75. Yogurtland Lebec/Tejon Ranch
  76. Yogurtland Universal City Walk (to be replaced by Menchie's)
  77. YogurtLane Simi Valley
  78. Yolatea Pleasanton
  79. Yolo Berry Berkeley (replaced by Buono Vita Yogurt)
  80. Yoppi Yogurt Walnut Creek
  81. Yoppi Yogurt Belmont
  82. Yoppi Yogurt Glendale
  83. YoYumYum Oxnard
  84. Yumi Yogurt Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo
  85. Yumi Yogurt Millbrae
  86. 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 (91 openings vs. 86 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.

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