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. Buono Vita Yogurt Berkeley 
  4. Cherry Chill Ontario 
  5. Chillbox San Diego 
  6. Cool Spot Brentwood
  7. Cups Frozen Yogurt Irvine
  8. Cups Torrey Hills
  9. Daddy’s Best Frozen Yogurt (truck)
  10. Exquisito Santa Ana 
  11. Fashion Fruit Yogurt Los Angeles
  12. Forever Yogurt/Bee & Tea Walnut Creek 
  13. Froba Montebello
  14. Frozen D’light Corona
  15. Frozen Yogurt & Deli Montebello
  16. Go Greek Newport Beach 
  17. Go Greek Corona Del Mar 
  18. Golden Spoon Valencia
  19. Good Earth Yogurt Bishop
  20. Joe’s Organic Frozen Yogurt Fullerton
  21. Kuki's Ice Cream Cakes & Yogurt
  22. Loving Cup Greenbrae
  23. Menchie’s El Monte 
  24. Menchie’s South El Monte
  25. Menchie’s Fullerton
  26. Menchie’s Pico Rivera 
  27. Menchie’s Norco January
  28. Menchie’s Moreno Valley
  29. Menchie’s San Ramon 
  30. Menchie’s Victorville
  31. Menchie’s Lodi 
  32. Moo Moo Yogurt Foster City
  33. Myo Frozen Yogurt Walnut Creek
  34. Nuyo Frozen Yogurt Lincoln
  35. Pennylane Frozen Yogurt and Candy Campbell 
  36. Peachy King Fresno
  37. Rainbow Sprinkles Donuts & Frozen Yogurt South Lake Tahoe
  38. Red Mango Ruby Hill, Livermore
  39. Rosy Yogurt, Los Gatos
  40. Swirl Fiesta Riverside
  41. Swirl N Hearts Granada Hills
  42. Things N Yogurt Valencia
  43. U-Swirl Downey
  44. Yo Way 
  45. Yogofina Elmwood, Berkeley
  46. Yogolicious Taft 
  47. Yogurt Delite Dublin
  48. Yogurt Heaven San Diego
  49. Yogurt Shop Danville
  50. Yogurt Shoppe Brentwood 
  51. Yogurtland Chatsworth 
  52. Yogurtland Westlake, LA 
  53. Yogurtland Boyle Heights 
  54. Yogurtland Long Beach, Spring St.
  55. Yogurtland Huntington Beach, July
  56. Yogurtland Cypress
  57. Yogurtland 28th & National, San Diego
  58. Yogurtland Lancaster`
  59. Yogurtland Riverside
  60. Yogurtland Ontario 
  61. Yogurtland Walnut
  62. Yogurtland Santa Ana Sunflower
  63. Yogurtland Paramount 
  64. Yogurtland Hesperia
  65. Yogurtland Redlands
  66. Yogurtland Compton
  67. Yogurtland Hayward 
  68. Yogurtland Garden Grove Promenade, Chapman
  69. Yogurtland North Hollywood
  70. Yogurtland Huntington Park
  71. Yogurtland El Cajon, Jamacha Village
  72. Yogurtland Express, Petco Park, San Diego
  73. Yogurtland Express, Petco Park #2
  74. Yogurtland Express Angels Stadium 
  75. Yogurtland Express Angels Stadium #2
  76. Yogurtland Express Raging Waters San Dimas
  77. Yogurtland Express Raging Waters Sacramento
  78. 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. Danville Desserts Danville (replaced by Yogurt Shop)
  5. Frozen Flavors Sun Valley 
  6. Go Greek Yogurt Corona Del Mar
  7. Go Greek Yogurt Newport Beach
  8. GoGo Froyo truck
  9. Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt Chula Vista
  10. Ice Krave North Hollywood
  11. Love Yogurt Bakersfield
  12. Menchie’s Huntington Beach
  13. Miyo Yogurt Los Altos
  14. Nubi Yogurt San Mateo
  15. Nubi Yogurt San Leandro
  16. Pinkberry Alvarado, Monterey
  17. Pinkberry Rancho Cucamonga
  18. Pinkberry Santa Clara
  19. Pinkberry Tustin
  20. Pinkberry West San Jose 
  21. PitStop Froyo Burbank
  22. Red Mango/Auntie Anne's Palo Alto
  23. SnapFit Frozen Yogurt Canoga Park
  24. Sno South Lake Tahoe
  25. Sparky's Yogurt, Santa Monica
  26. Sweet Retreat Blossom Valley San Jose (due to fire)
  27. Sweet Tart Moreno Valley
  28. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, DTLA 1st & Hope
  29. Tutti Frutti Whittier
  30. Tutti Frutti North Hollywood (replaced by Yogurtland)
  31. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, Boyle Heights
  32. Tutti Frutti Danville
  33. Tutti Frutti Sunnyvale
  34. Tuttimelon SF Chinatown
  35. Yogen Fruz San Diego
  36. Yogen Fruz Tarzana
  37. Yogurt Blast Duarte
  38. Yogurt Cove San Jose
  39. Yogurt In Love Monterey Park
  40. Yogurt Station Walnut Creek (now Myo but under the same ownership and management)
  41. Yogurtland Woodland Hills
  42. Yogurtland LAX
  43. Yogurtland Universal City Walk (to be replaced by Menchie's)
  44. YogurtLane Simi Valley
  45. Yolatea Pleasanton
  46. Yolo Berry Berkeley (replaced by Buono Vita Yogurt)
  47. Yoppi Yogurt Walnut Creek
  48. Yoppi Yogurt Belmont
  49. Yoppi Yogurt Glendale
  50. Yumi Yogurt Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo
  51. Yumi Yogurt Millbrae
  52. 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. Moo Greek Yogurt

6. Popbar San Jose

7. Popbar Torrance

8. Popbar Huntington Beach

9. Souvla, NOPA, San Francisco

10. Spread Mediterranean Kitchen Los Angeles

11. Sunlife Organics Pasadena

12. Sweet Lab Rosemead

13. Target/Freshii Pasadena

14. Target/Freshii Brea

15. Target/Freshii Woodland Hills

16. Target/Freshii Culver City

17. Target/Freshii Irvine

18. Yalla Fremont

19. 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 (78 openings vs. 52 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 (the conversion isn’t happening fast enough). 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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