Smoothie King Expands to Middle East

With more than 700 locations worldwide and plans to top 1,000 locations globally by the end of 2017, Smoothie King is proud to announce its expansion into the Middle East, beginning with multiple locations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) through its partnership with Al Ghurair Retail. Smoothie King is providing guests around the world with nutritional solutions that live up to the brand’s founding vision to create “Smoothies With a Purpose.”

Just a decade since its inception, Al Ghurair’s commercial reach spans more than 20 countries including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and boasts an eclectic roster including financial services, food and commodities, construction, education, prime technologies, printing, and real estate. Al Ghurair has supported the evolution of Dubai from a port city to a dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis by developing brands there since the 1960s. The group employs more than 70,000 across the Middle East. A division of the company that will be implementing Smoothie King’s expansion, Al Ghurair Retail, currently represents six fashion brands and plans on opening 45 Smoothie King locations over the next five years throughout the GCC, starting with the UAE before expanding into Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman.

“I am thrilled to introduce Smoothie King as our first ever food and beverage brand and a meaningful new addition to Al Ghurair Retail’s rapidly expanding portfolio of companies in the UAE,” Al Ghurair Retail general manager Laurent Cabioch says. “Al Ghurair Retail has seen the increasing demand for healthy food and beverage products for those on the go and Smoothie King will meet this demand as we take the concept from Dubai into the rest of the GCC.”

The GCC retail market has experienced a dramatic upsurge and now accounts for 54.5 percent of international retailers already present in the UAE alone. Al Ghurair is further expanding its roster with the high-performing franchise concept Smoothie King as a monumental addition.

Smoothie King is poised for international success with its fine-tuned business model and high-quality products. One-off juice and smoothie businesses have been popping up all over the world, but Smoothie King differentiates itself as an originator and innovator in this space, evolving to meet customer’s health needs since 1973. The mission since the company’s inception continues today: to inspire people to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

“By working with dedicated and passionate partners like AG Retail, we are able to continue to build our brand and expand our presence worldwide, while preserving brand integrity,” says Smoothie King CEO Wan Kim. “We are confident that the company will be a great ambassador for Smoothie King by serving the global community and helping to grow the brand in the Middle East.”

Smoothie King offers a wide variety of smoothies made with the highest quality ingredients, created to meet all nutritional goals including weight loss, weight gain, and increased energy. Smoothie King is currently located in Korea, Grand Cayman, and Singapore, and according to Dan Hannah, vice president of International Business Development, the company is eyeing development in Japan, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Australia, and Brazil.


Rita’s Italian Ice (US) Continues International Expansion

Today, Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, announced it’s continuing its international expansion and awarding its fifth international master franchise agreement for the development of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. The news comes as the company is continuing to make great strides in the North, officially opening its first three stores in Canada earlier this month.

“Our growth this year has been unprecedented,” said Eric Taylor, chief development officer at Rita’s Franchise Company. “In just a matter of weeks, we opened our second international store and announced another area development agreement.”

Rita’s awarded an international master franchise agreement to Puerto Rita’s, LLC, led by Jack Maxey, Joseph Roskos, Lamont Harris and Mark Cook, for the development of 20 stores by 2024. It’s expected that the deal will bring more than 300 jobs to the Caribbean. The first store is anticipated to open in 2015 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, a popular tourist destination and busy port location.

“Old San Juan is buzzing with foot traffic and couldn’t be a more perfect first location for Rita’s to make its mark in the Caribbean,” said Jack Maxey, managing member of Puerto Rita’s. “We have big plans for expansion beyond Old San Juan and are actively seeking franchisees to join our team. It’s an exciting time to be part of Rita’s.”

Thousands of miles away that same excitement is happening in Canada, as Rita’s opened its first three stores in Calgary at the popular contemporary restaurant Joey’s Urban. Beyond the partnership with Joey’s, Rita’s will debut its famous Italian Ice and signature Frozen Custard at the world famous Calgary Stampede Midway with two locations from July 3-12, 2015.

“After years of planning, we’re thrilled to finally introduce Rita’s signature ‘cool treats’ to the Calgary community,” said Steve McDonough of Canada Water Ice Co., LTD. “Calgary is just the beginning for us — Canadians will be seeing a lot more of Rita’s in their own neighborhoods across the country.”

With more than 30 years in business, Rita’s Italian Ice has been aggressively expanding across the United States and internationally, with locations now open in the Philippines and Canada, and coming soon in the Middle East and the Caribbean.

About Rita’s Franchise Company

Ranked #1 in Nation’s Restaurant News “Consumer Pick’s 2014” for Service and Value in the Frozen Treat category and 14th overall in the Limited-Service category, Rita’s Franchise Company is the largest Italian Ice concept in the world. Headquartered in Trevose, Pa., Rita’s was also named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal” and ranks #81 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “2014 Franchise 500” list.

About Rita’s Italian Ice

The popular chain offers a variety of “cool treats,” including: its famous Italian Ice, made fresh daily with real fruit and available in more than sixty-five flavors; Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard; Sundaes; Light Custard; Frozen Custard Cakes; Custard Cookie Sandwiches made with OREO®; layered Gelatis; and its signature Misto® and Blendini® creations. Since 1984, Rita’s has been dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with its freshly made, delicious treats in a fun-filled atmosphere.

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