Tuesday, December 26, 2017

California Froyo Shop Openings and Closings in 2017

Fro-yo girl here. California is a large state and it’s the one with the most frozen yogurt shops. There’s a great deal of froyo activity going on throughout the year. This makes it 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, often with no announcement.

There are also non-traditional frozen yogurt locations – places that have frozen yogurt but it isn’t their main line of business (e.g., restaurants, convenience stores). Tracking frozen yogurt that’s served at non-traditional locations is even more challenging.

There are other non-traditional frozen yogurt formats. I consider frozen yogurt trucks, froyo vending machines and a large froyo section within another business as froyo shops because they appear to be standalone operations.

When existing frozen yogurt stores change ownership but not names, I don’t consider this to be an opening or a closing. When existing frozen yogurt stores change names and ownership, I consider this to be a new shop.

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

  1. 21 Choices, Pasadena (reopened after remodeling) 
  2. Bella Yogurt, Los Angeles
  3. Big Kahuna, Modesto
  4. Big Kahuna, Sanger
  5. Blondies Yogurt, Colfax
  6. Bloomfield Creamery, Pasadena
  7. Cali Yogurt, Lemon Grove
  8. Cherries N Berries Sweet Shop, Paramount
  9. Chillbox, Sacramento
  10. Chillz Frozen Yogurt, Riverside
  11. CoffeeWalk Yogurtalk, Los Angeles (moved from Crenshaw)
  12. Cookies & Yogurt, Eureka
  13. Corner Café & Froyo, Murrieta
  14. Cuppa (was RockIt Swirl), San Francisco
  15. Daddy’s Best Froyo #2 (froyo truck) 
  16. Friza Frozen Yogurt, Torrance (formerly Cups)
  17. Frobot, Santa Clara (multiple locations in Levi’s Stadium)
  18. Froyolicious Buzz (froyo truck), Fontana
  19. Fruity Tart, Moreno Valley
  20. Go Greek, Santa Monica
  21. Golden Spoon, Poway
  22. Golden Spoon, River Oaks Valencia 
  23. Golden Spoon, Valencia Copper Hill (closed, reopened under new management and ownership)
  24. Golden Spoon, Calabasas (closed, reopened under new management and ownership)
  25. Jefferson’s Flavors, Yreka
  26. Joy, Shell Beach
  27. Loving Cup, Union St., San Francisco 
  28. May Cafe, Hawaiian Gardens
  29. Meme’s on Main, Red Bluff
  30. Menchie’s, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles 
  31. Menchie's, Fresno, Park Crossing Shopping Center
  32. Menchie’s, Glendale 
  33. Menchie’s, La Mesa
  34. Menchie’s, Marina
  35. Menchie’s Rancho Cordova
  36. Menchie’s, Rialto
  37. Menchie’s, Sacramento
  38. Menchie’s, Universal Citywalk
  39. Mo’s Frozen Yogurt (inside Mission Oaks Café), Camarillo
  40. Pinkberry, Anaheim ARTIC
  41. Rainbow Sprinkles, South Lake Tahoe
  42. Red Mango, Livermore
  43. Scoops, Colfax
  44. Spoon Me Yogurt, Orange
  45. Spoons Frozen Yogurt, Porterville
  46. The Sweet Swirl, Claremont
  47. Sweet Retreat, San Jose
  48. Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor, San Marino
  49. Uptown Frozen Yogurt, Whittier (technically opened on 12/31/2016)
  50. Whipp’d (moved into Fat Tomato on Highland)
  51. Yellow Yo, Citrus Heights
  52. Yogurt 101, Solana Beach
  53. Yogurt Hub, Brea
  54. Yogurt Pizazz, Martinez
  55. Yogurtland, Baldwin Hills
  56. Yogurtland, Brentwood
  57. Yogurtland, Lincoln, Santa Monica 
  58. Yogurtland, Menifee
  59. Yogurtland, Tustin
  60. Yogurtland, West Hollywood
  61. Zooies, Los Angeles

Permanently Closed:

  1. Almaden Yogurt Factory, San Jose
  2. Beachside, Imperial Beach
  3. Berries Frozen Yogurt, Glendora
  4. Berry Delicious, Novato
  5. Berry Fresh Wellness Café, La Habra
  6. Big Kahuna, Modesto
  7. Big Kahuna, Selma
  8. The Blissery, Pasadena
  9. Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt, Walnut Creek
  10. Buona Vita Yogurt, Berkeley
  11. C&M Café, Sherman Oaks
  12. Chillbox, San Diego
  13. CoffeeWalk, YogurTalk, Los Angeles (Crenshaw)
  14. Coolberry, Glendora
  15. Crème Bee, Alhambra (stopped carrying froyo last year though)
  16. Crepe N Berry, Rancho Cucamonga
  17. Crush Frozen Yogurt, Manteca
  18. Culture Shock Yogurt, Grass Valley
  19. Cups, Torrance (replaced by Friza)
  20. Forever Yogurt/Bee & Tea, Walnut Creek
  21. Forever Yogurt/Bee & Tea, Walnut Creek
  22. Fraiche Yogurt, Stanford Campus
  23. Fraiche Yogurt, San Francisco 
  24. Froplay, Los Angeles
  25. Froyo, Fillmore
  26. Froyo Heavenly Cafe, Menifee
  27. FroyoLife, Beverly Hills
  28. FroyoLife, Los Feliz
  29. Frozen Yogurt Castle, Fresno 
  30. Golden Spoon Beach/Warner, Huntington Beach
  31. Golden Spoon, Calabasas
  32. Golden Spoon, Glendora
  33. Golden Spoon, Stevenson Ranch
  34. Golden Spoon, Valencia Copper Hill
  35. Golden Spoon, Valencia Magic Mountain Pkwy
  36. Guava Lava, Oceanside
  37. Hollywood Rock Café, Hollywood
  38. Ice-Yo, West Hollywood
  39. Joe's Organic Frozen Yogurt, Fullerton
  40. Krave It Frozen Yogurt, Thousand Oaks
  41. Kiwi Blast, Chico
  42. Love Berry, San Francisco
  43. Lulu's Froyo, Sylmar
  44. Melado's, Sylmar
  45. Menchie’s, Irvine
  46. Menchie’s, Rancho Santa Margarita 
  47. Mickey's Frozen Yogurt, Fresno
  48. Mmm Yogurt, Delano
  49. Moo Greek Yogurt, Los Angeles
  50. Nubi Yogurt, Sloat Blvd., San Francisco
  51. Oopa Yogurt Bar, Folsom
  52. Pinkberry, Huntington Beach
  53. Pinkberry, Koreatown, Los Angeles
  54. Planet Yogurt, Santa Clarita
  55. Razz Frozen Yogurt, Woodland
  56. Razzlicious, Redding, Dana Drive
  57. Razzlicious, Redding, Eureka Way
  58. Razzlicious, Anderson
  59. Red Cup, Oceanside
  60. Robot Yogurt, Bakersfield
  61. Rockit Swirl (renamed Cuppa)
  62. Surf 'N Yogurt, Camarillo
  63. Sweet Retreat, Los Gatos
  64. Tutti Frutti, Los Angeles (Santee Alley)
  65. Tutti Frutti, Concord (Sunvalley Mall)
  66. Tutti Frutti, Irvine
  67. Verylicious Yogurt, Hawthorne
  68. Whipp’d, West Hollywood (moved to Highland Ave. in Hollywood)
  69. Yogurt Zone, Bakersfield
  70. Yoppi Yogurt Fillmore, San Francisco
  71. Yogofina, Berkeley
  72. Yogurt Bee, Hawaiian Gardens
  73. Yogurt Creations, San Luis Obispo
  74. Yogurt Farms, Windsor
  75. Yogurt Oasis, Lancaster
  76. Yogurt Zone, Bakersfield
  77. Yogurtland Bancroft, Berkeley
  78. Yogurtland Shattuck, Berkeley
  79. Yogurtland, Morgan Hill
  80. Yogurtland, Little Italy, San Diego
  81. Yogurtland, 2nd St./Belmont Shore, Long Beach
  82. Yogurteria, Stevenson Ranch
  83. Yogurtouille, Fremont
  84. Yummy Yogurt, Solana Beach

Closed for Remodeling (or Temporarily Closed):

  • 21 Choices, Claremont (Foothill) 
  • Big Kahuna Frozen Yogurt, Reedley
  • Boxcar Eats, Sacramento
  • Yogurtland, 7th St., Long Beach

Coming Soon:

  1. Big Kahuna, Ceres
  2. Blitzer’s, Menifee 
  3. Loop Neighborhood, Union City
  4. Menchie’s, Arleta
  5. Menchie's, El Centro
  6. Menchie’s, Hanford
  7. Menchie’s, Mission Viejo
  8. Menchie’s, Mission Hills
  9. Menchie's, Sacramento, Delta Shores
  10. Menchie's, Van Nuys, Sherman Square 
  11. Morsey's Farmhouse Kitchen, Los Altos
  12. Popbar, Concord
  13. Yagoot, Hollywood
  14. Yogurtland, Bakersfield
  15. Yogurtland, Irvine

Under New Ownership:

  • Golden Spoon, Lakewood
  • Tutti Frutti, Sylmar (closed then reopened)

Not Mainly Froyo But Opened and/or Started Serving Froyo:

  1. Clifton’s Republic, Los Angeles (carries Pinkberry)
  2. Forty Carrots, Century City (inside Bloomingdales)
  3. IKEA, Burbank
  4. Jeni’s Ice Creams, Calabasas
  5. Jeni’s Ice Creams, Venice
  6. Jeni’s Ice Creams, Larchmont Village, Los Angeles 
  7. Kali Greek Kitchen, Palo Alto (carries Fraiche Yogurt)
  8. La Boulangerie, Sutter St., San Francisco (carries Loving Cup)
  9. Loop Neighborhood, California St., San Francisco
  10. Loving Cup, inside La Boulangerie de Sutter
  11. N Gelato, Azusa 
  12. The Plant Organic Café, Montgomery St., San Francisco serving Easy Breezy
  13. The Plant Organic Café, Steiner at Chestnut, San Francisco serving Easy Breezy
  14. Poki Yo, Buena Park
  15. Poki Yo, Santa Monica
  16. Souvla, Valencia, San Francisco 

Not a Froyo Shop but Had Froyo and Now Closed or No Longer Serves Froyo:

  1. Dr. Bob’s, Roseville
  2. Freshii at Target, West Hollywood
  3. Freshii at Target, Pasadena
  4. Freshii at Target, Culver City
  5. Freshii at Target, Valencia
  6. Freshii at Target, Woodland Hills
  7. Freshii at Target, Brea
  8. Freshii at Target, Irvine 1
  9. Freshii at Target, Irvine 2
  10. Gill's Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Farmers Market, Los Angeles (80 years old)
  11. Stick Station, Pasadena
  12. Walgreens, San Francisco (removed yogurt machines)
  13. Walgreens, Los Angeles (removed yogurt machines)
  14. Yo! Boba, Los Angeles
So, there were 61 openings of froyo shops in California vs. 84 closings in 2017, significantly fewer openings and closings than in 2016. But, frozen yogurt shop closings did outnumber openings. Closures occurred for new and old, longtime froyo businesses. Some shops like Ice-Yo and Buona Vita did not last a year. Sadly, some cities now have no frozen yogurt shops. 

Menchie's opened 8 new locations in California, while Yogurtland wasn't far behind with 6 new locations. Golden Spoon had the most closings; 6 this year, though two of those have reopened under new ownership. Menchie's closed 2 California locations, Yogurtland closed five, and Pinkberry closed two. The two Forever Yogurt locations in California closed this year. I didn't make it to either though I have been to Forever Yogurt in Chicago. I've been to 17 of the new froyo shops, including 7 grand opening celebrations.

The Freshii at Target concept didn't last long. All Freshii locations inside Target stores in Southern California have closed. Walgreen's ceased offering self-serve frozen yogurt at all locations. On the positive side of the non-traditional locations, Loop Neighborhood continues to add new convenience stores with self-serve froyo and Frobot, the froyo robot vending machine, is now at Levi's Stadium. Reis & Irvy are actively recruiting froyo robot franchisees in California. And restaurants have started to partner with froyo shops like Easy Breezy, Fraiche, and Loving Cup to offer their yogurt at several restaurants like The Plant Cafe Organic, Kali, and La Boulangerie.

Since I always wind up finding out about new openings and closings after publishing my post, I’ll keep updating this post. 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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