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. Go Greek Newport Beach 
  20. Go Greek Corona Del Mar 
  21. Golden Spoon Valencia
  22. Good Earth Yogurt Bishop
  23. ICE-YO West Hollywood
  24. Joe’s Organic Frozen Yogurt Fullerton
  25. Kuki's Ice Cream Cakes & Yogurt
  26. Loving Cup Greenbrae
  27. Menchie’s El Monte 
  28. Menchie’s South El Monte
  29. Menchie’s Fullerton
  30. Menchie’s Pico Rivera 
  31. Menchie’s Norco January
  32. Menchie’s Moreno Valley
  33. Menchie’s San Ramon 
  34. Menchie’s Victorville
  35. Menchie’s Lodi 
  36. Moo Moo Yogurt Foster City
  37. Myo Frozen Yogurt Walnut Creek
  38. Nuyo Frozen Yogurt Lincoln
  39. Pennylane Frozen Yogurt and Candy Campbell 
  40. Peachy King Fresno
  41. Rainbow Sprinkles Donuts & Frozen Yogurt South Lake Tahoe
  42. Red Mango Ruby Hill, Livermore
  43. Rosy Yogurt, Los Gatos
  44. Sweet Tahoe Time, Tahoe City
  45. Swirl Fiesta Riverside
  46. Swirl N Hearts Granada Hills
  47. Things N Yogurt Valencia
  48. U-Swirl Downey
  49. Verylicious Yogurt Hawthorne
  50. Wanna Chill? Redondo Beach
  51. Yo Way 
  52. Yogofina Elmwood, Berkeley
  53. Yogolicious Taft 
  54. Yogurt Delite Dublin
  55. Yogurt Heaven San Diego
  56. Yogurt Shop Danville
  57. Yogurt Shoppe Brentwood 
  58. Yogurtland Chatsworth 
  59. Yogurtland Westlake, LA 
  60. Yogurtland Boyle Heights 
  61. Yogurtland Long Beach, Spring St.
  62. Yogurtland Huntington Beach, July
  63. Yogurtland Cypress
  64. Yogurtland 28th & National, San Diego
  65. Yogurtland Lancaster`
  66. Yogurtland Riverside
  67. Yogurtland Ontario 
  68. Yogurtland Walnut
  69. Yogurtland Santa Ana Sunflower
  70. Yogurtland Paramount 
  71. Yogurtland Hesperia
  72. Yogurtland Redlands
  73. Yogurtland Compton
  74. Yogurtland Hayward 
  75. Yogurtland Garden Grove Promenade, Chapman
  76. Yogurtland North Hollywood
  77. Yogurtland Huntington Park
  78. Yogurtland El Cajon, Jamacha Village
  79. Yogurtland Express, Petco Park, San Diego
  80. Yogurtland Express, Petco Park #2
  81. Yogurtland Express Angels Stadium 
  82. Yogurtland Express Angels Stadium #2
  83. Yogurtland Express Raging Waters San Dimas
  84. Yogurtland Express Raging Waters Sacramento
  85. 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. FroYo Love Oceanside
  8. Frozen Flavors Sun Valley 
  9. Go Greek Yogurt Corona Del Mar
  10. Go Greek Yogurt Newport Beach
  11. GoGo Froyo truck
  12. Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt Chula Vista
  13. Ice Krave North Hollywood
  14. Kate's Yogurt Solvang
  15. Love Yogurt Bakersfield
  16. Menchie’s Huntington Beach
  17. Michelle's Yogurt & Sweets Berkeley
  18. Miyo Yogurt Los Altos
  19. Nubi Yogurt San Mateo
  20. Nubi Yogurt San Leandro
  21. Pinkberry Alvarado, Monterey
  22. Pinkberry Rancho Cucamonga
  23. Pinkberry Santa Clara
  24. Pinkberry Tustin
  25. Pinkberry West San Jose 
  26. Pinkberry Brentwood, Los Angeles
  27. PitStop Froyo Burbank
  28. Red Mango/Auntie Anne's Palo Alto
  29. SnapFit Frozen Yogurt Canoga Park
  30. Sno South Lake Tahoe
  31. Sparky's Yogurt, Santa Monica
  32. Spoon Me, Marysville
  33. Spoon Me, Redding
  34. Spoon Me, Woodland
  35. Sweet Retreat Blossom Valley San Jose (due to fire)
  36. Sweet Tart Moreno Valley
  37. Tutti Frutti Brea
  38. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, DTLA 1st & Hope
  39. Tutti Frutti Whittier
  40. Tutti Frutti North Hollywood (replaced by Yogurtland)
  41. Tutti Frutti Los Angeles, Boyle Heights
  42. Tutti Frutti Danville
  43. Tutti Frutti Sunnyvale
  44. Tuttimelon SF Chinatown
  45. Twirl Frozen Yogurt (later Larchmont Juicery) Los Angeles
  46. Yogen Fruz San Diego
  47. Yogen Fruz Tarzana
  48. Yogurt Blast Duarte
  49. Yogurt Coffee & Beyond Oroville
  50. Yogurt Cove San Jose
  51. Yogurt In Love Monterey Park
  52. Yogurt Station Walnut Creek (now Myo but under the same ownership and management)
  53. Yogurt Zone Encino
  54. Yogurtland Woodland Hills
  55. Yogurtland LAX
  56. Yogurtland Lebec/Tejon Ranch
  57. Yogurtland Universal City Walk (to be replaced by Menchie's)
  58. YogurtLane Simi Valley
  59. Yolatea Pleasanton
  60. Yolo Berry Berkeley (replaced by Buono Vita Yogurt)
  61. Yoppi Yogurt Walnut Creek
  62. Yoppi Yogurt Belmont
  63. Yoppi Yogurt Glendale
  64. Yumi Yogurt Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo
  65. Yumi Yogurt Millbrae
  66. 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 (85 openings vs. 66 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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