December 12, 2012 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced today its grand opening in Singapore, the first international Smoothie King location to open under recently appointed Global CEO, Wan Kim. Part of the company’s aggressive approach to open 1,000 new domestic and international locations by 2017, the Singapore store will be one of the few hundred company stores, operated by SK USA, Inc.
Located at The Centrepoint—a popular shopping mall in Singapore—the new store will host a modern café style concept, modeled after the over 150 Smoothie King’s currently operating in Korea. This will be the first of several international locations to open in Singapore, Southeast Asia and China over the next three years.
“There are currently no smoothie chains leading the international market, specifically in Asia,” said Smoothie King global CEO, Wan Kim. “We have found huge success in Korea, with our stores outperforming popular coffee shops. Our international concept provides functional, delicious, made-to-order smoothies, wraps and salads to people on the go in a fresh, contemporary way. We look forward to opening more stores like this in Asia as well as in the States.”
To celebrate Smoothie King’s entry to Singapore, the company has launched two competitions for locals with prizes including a trip to Korea and a smoothie party for students. The store will open to the public today and will host a celebration with free samples—Kim will be in attendance.
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Smoothie King is a privately held; New Orleans-area-based Franchise Company and the premier Smoothie Bar and Nutritional Lifestyle Center in the industry. Smoothie King offers guests the original nutritional fresh-blended smoothie and healthy retail products, including sports beverages, energy bars, healthy snacks, vitamin supplements, herbs, minerals and other sports nutrition products. Smoothie King opened its first store in 1973 and started as the first franchised smoothie bar/health food store in the United States in 1989. Smoothie King currently has more than 600 units operating in 32 states, the Caymans and the Republic of Korea. In 2012, Smoothie King was ranked no. 1 by Entrepreneur magazine in the juice bar category for the 19th year and no. 121 overall on the 2012 Franchise 500 list. Visit www.smoothieking.com; engage on Facebook www.facebook.com/SmoothieKing; follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smoothieking