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. Froba Montebello
  16. Frozen D’light Corona
  17. Frozen Yogurt & Deli Montebello
  18. Go Greek Newport Beach 
  19. Go Greek Corona Del Mar 
  20. Golden Spoon Valencia
  21. Good Earth Yogurt Bishop
  22. ICE-YO West Hollywood
  23. Joe’s Organic Frozen Yogurt Fullerton
  24. Kuki's Ice Cream Cakes & Yogurt
  25. Loving Cup Greenbrae
  26. Menchie’s El Monte 
  27. Menchie’s South El Monte
  28. Menchie’s Fullerton
  29. Menchie’s Pico Rivera 
  30. Menchie’s Norco January
  31. Menchie’s Moreno Valley
  32. Menchie’s San Ramon 
  33. Menchie’s Victorville
  34. Menchie’s Lodi 
  35. Moo Moo Yogurt Foster City
  36. Myo Frozen Yogurt Walnut Creek
  37. Nuyo Frozen Yogurt Lincoln
  38. Pennylane Frozen Yogurt and Candy Campbell 
  39. Peachy King Fresno
  40. Rainbow Sprinkles Donuts & Frozen Yogurt South Lake Tahoe
  41. Red Mango Ruby Hill, Livermore
  42. Rosy Yogurt, Los Gatos
  43. Swirl Fiesta Riverside
  44. Swirl N Hearts Granada Hills
  45. Things N Yogurt Valencia
  46. U-Swirl Downey
  47. Yo Way 
  48. Yogofina Elmwood, Berkeley
  49. Yogolicious Taft 
  50. Yogurt Delite Dublin
  51. Yogurt Heaven San Diego
  52. Yogurt Shop Danville
  53. Yogurt Shoppe Brentwood 
  54. Yogurtland Chatsworth 
  55. Yogurtland Westlake, LA 
  56. Yogurtland Boyle Heights 
  57. Yogurtland Long Beach, Spring St.
  58. Yogurtland Huntington Beach, July
  59. Yogurtland Cypress
  60. Yogurtland 28th & National, San Diego
  61. Yogurtland Lancaster`
  62. Yogurtland Riverside
  63. Yogurtland Ontario 
  64. Yogurtland Walnut
  65. Yogurtland Santa Ana Sunflower
  66. Yogurtland Paramount 
  67. Yogurtland Hesperia
  68. Yogurtland Redlands
  69. Yogurtland Compton
  70. Yogurtland Hayward 
  71. Yogurtland Garden Grove Promenade, Chapman
  72. Yogurtland North Hollywood
  73. Yogurtland Huntington Park
  74. Yogurtland El Cajon, Jamacha Village
  75. Yogurtland Express, Petco Park, San Diego
  76. Yogurtland Express, Petco Park #2
  77. Yogurtland Express Angels Stadium 
  78. Yogurtland Express Angels Stadium #2
  79. Yogurtland Express Raging Waters San Dimas
  80. Yogurtland Express Raging Waters Sacramento
  81. 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. Cherry on Top Diamond Bar
  5. Cherry on Top Laguna Niguel
  6. Danville Desserts Danville (replaced by Yogurt Shop)
  7. Frozen Flavors Sun Valley 
  8. Go Greek Yogurt Corona Del Mar
  9. Go Greek Yogurt Newport Beach
  10. GoGo Froyo truck
  11. Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt Chula Vista
  12. Ice Krave North Hollywood
  13. Love Yogurt Bakersfield
  14. Menchie’s Huntington Beach
  15. Miyo Yogurt Los Altos
  16. Nubi Yogurt San Mateo
  17. Nubi Yogurt San Leandro
  18. Pinkberry Alvarado, Monterey
  19. Pinkberry Rancho Cucamonga
  20. Pinkberry Santa Clara
  21. Pinkberry Tustin
  22. Pinkberry West San Jose 
  23. Pinkberry Brentwood, Los Angeles
  24. PitStop Froyo Burbank
  25. Red Mango/Auntie Anne's Palo Alto
  26. SnapFit Frozen Yogurt Canoga Park
  27. Sno South Lake Tahoe
  28. Sparky's Yogurt, Santa Monica
  29. Sweet Retreat Blossom Valley San Jose (due to fire)
  30. Sweet Tart Moreno Valley
  31. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, DTLA 1st & Hope
  32. Tutti Frutti Whittier
  33. Tutti Frutti North Hollywood (replaced by Yogurtland)
  34. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, Boyle Heights
  35. Tutti Frutti Danville
  36. Tutti Frutti Sunnyvale
  37. Tuttimelon SF Chinatown
  38. Yogen Fruz San Diego
  39. Yogen Fruz Tarzana
  40. Yogurt Blast Duarte
  41. Yogurt Cove San Jose
  42. Yogurt In Love Monterey Park
  43. Yogurt Station Walnut Creek (now Myo but under the same ownership and management)
  44. Yogurtland Woodland Hills
  45. Yogurtland LAX
  46. Yogurtland Universal City Walk (to be replaced by Menchie's)
  47. YogurtLane Simi Valley
  48. Yolatea Pleasanton
  49. Yolo Berry Berkeley (replaced by Buono Vita Yogurt)
  50. Yoppi Yogurt Walnut Creek
  51. Yoppi Yogurt Belmont
  52. Yoppi Yogurt Glendale
  53. Yumi Yogurt Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo
  54. Yumi Yogurt Millbrae
  55. 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 (81 openings vs. 55 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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