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. Fit Fro, Yorba Linda
  17. Friza Frozen Yogurt, Torrance (formerly Cups)
  18. Frobot, Santa Clara (multiple locations in Levi’s Stadium)
  19. Froyolicious Buzz (froyo truck), Fontana
  20. Fruity Tart, Moreno Valley
  21. Go Greek, Santa Monica
  22. Golden Spoon, Poway
  23. Golden Spoon, River Oaks Valencia 
  24. Golden Spoon, Valencia Copper Hill (closed, reopened under new management and ownership)
  25. Golden Spoon, Calabasas (closed, reopened under new management and ownership)
  26. Jefferson’s Flavors, Yreka
  27. Joy, Shell Beach
  28. Loving Cup, Union St., San Francisco 
  29. May Cafe, Hawaiian Gardens
  30. Meme’s on Main, Red Bluff
  31. Menchie’s, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles 
  32. Menchie's, Fresno, Park Crossing Shopping Center
  33. Menchie’s, Glendale 
  34. Menchie’s, La Mesa
  35. Menchie’s, Marina
  36. Menchie’s Rancho Cordova
  37. Menchie’s, Rialto
  38. Menchie’s, Sacramento
  39. Menchie’s, Universal Citywalk
  40. Mo’s Frozen Yogurt (inside Mission Oaks Café), Camarillo
  41. Pinkberry, Anaheim ARTIC
  42. Rainbow Sprinkles, South Lake Tahoe
  43. Red Mango, Livermore
  44. Scoops, Colfax
  45. Spoon Me Yogurt, Orange
  46. Spoons Frozen Yogurt, Porterville
  47. Sweet Kream Froyo, Chula Vista
  48. The Sweet Swirl, Claremont
  49. Sweet Retreat, San Jose
  50. Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor, San Marino
  51. Uptown Frozen Yogurt, Whittier (technically opened on 12/31/2016)
  52. Whipp’d (moved into Fat Tomato on Highland)
  53. Yellow Yo, Citrus Heights
  54. Yogurt 101, Solana Beach
  55. Yogurt Hub, Brea
  56. Yogurt Pizazz, Martinez
  57. Yogurtland, Baldwin Hills
  58. Yogurtland, Brentwood
  59. Yogurtland, Lincoln, Santa Monica 
  60. Yogurtland, Menifee
  61. Yogurtland, Tustin
  62. Yogurtland, West Hollywood
  63. 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. Cherry on Top, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
  13. Chillbox, San Diego
  14. CoffeeWalk, YogurTalk, Los Angeles (Crenshaw)
  15. Coolberry, Glendora
  16. Crème Bee, Alhambra (stopped carrying froyo last year though)
  17. Crepe N Berry, Rancho Cucamonga
  18. Crush Frozen Yogurt, Manteca
  19. Culture Shock Yogurt, Grass Valley
  20. Cups, Torrance (replaced by Friza)
  21. Forever Yogurt/Bee & Tea, Walnut Creek
  22. Forever Yogurt/Bee & Tea, Walnut Creek
  23. Fraiche Yogurt, Stanford Campus
  24. Fraiche Yogurt, San Francisco 
  25. Freeze Style Frozen Yogurt, Hanford
  26. Froplay, Los Angeles
  27. Froyo, Fillmore
  28. Froyo Heavenly Cafe, Menifee
  29. FroyoLife, Beverly Hills
  30. FroyoLife, Los Feliz
  31. Frozen Yogurt Castle, Fresno 
  32. Golden Spoon Beach/Warner, Huntington Beach
  33. Golden Spoon, Calabasas
  34. Golden Spoon, Glendora
  35. Golden Spoon, Stevenson Ranch
  36. Golden Spoon, Valencia Copper Hill
  37. Golden Spoon, Valencia Magic Mountain Pkwy
  38. Guava Lava, Oceanside
  39. Hollywood Rock Café, Hollywood
  40. Ice-Yo, West Hollywood
  41. Joe's Organic Frozen Yogurt, Fullerton
  42. Krave It Frozen Yogurt, Thousand Oaks
  43. Kiwi Blast, Chico
  44. Love Berry, San Francisco
  45. Lulu's Froyo, Sylmar
  46. Melado's, Sylmar
  47. Menchie’s, Irvine
  48. Menchie’s, Rancho Santa Margarita 
  49. Mickey's Frozen Yogurt, Fresno
  50. Mmm Yogurt, Delano
  51. Moo Greek Yogurt, Los Angeles
  52. Nubi Yogurt, Sloat Blvd., San Francisco
  53. Oopa Yogurt Bar, Folsom
  54. Pinkberry, Huntington Beach
  55. Pinkberry, Koreatown, Los Angeles
  56. Planet Yogurt, Santa Clarita
  57. Razz Frozen Yogurt, Woodland
  58. Razzlicious, Redding, Dana Drive
  59. Razzlicious, Redding, Eureka Way
  60. Razzlicious, Anderson
  61. Red Cup, Oceanside
  62. Robot Yogurt, Bakersfield
  63. Rockit Swirl (renamed Cuppa)
  64. Surf 'N Yogurt, Camarillo
  65. Sweet Retreat, Los Gatos
  66. Tommy K's 4 Alarm Yogurt, Red Bluff
  67. Tutti Frutti, Los Angeles (Santee Alley)
  68. Tutti Frutti, Concord (Sunvalley Mall)
  69. Tutti Frutti, Irvine
  70. Verylicious Yogurt, Hawthorne
  71. Whipp’d, West Hollywood (moved to Highland Ave. in Hollywood)
  72. Yogurt Zone, Bakersfield
  73. Yoppi Yogurt Fillmore, San Francisco
  74. Yogofina, Berkeley
  75. Yogurt Bee, Hawaiian Gardens
  76. Yogurt Creations, San Luis Obispo
  77. Yogurt Farms, Windsor
  78. Yogurt Hub, Brea
  79. Yogurt Oasis, Lancaster
  80. Yogurt Zone, Bakersfield
  81. Yogurtland Bancroft, Berkeley
  82. Yogurtland Shattuck, Berkeley
  83. Yogurtland, Morgan Hill
  84. Yogurtland, Little Italy, San Diego
  85. Yogurtland, 2nd St./Belmont Shore, Long Beach
  86. Yogurteria, Stevenson Ranch
  87. Yogurtouille, Fremont
  88. 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 63 openings of froyo shops in California vs. 88 closings in 2017, significantly fewer openings and closings than in 2016. Frozen yogurt shop closings outnumbered 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. Rite Aid still has self-serve froyo at its Fresh Day Cafe. 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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