From Food Court Worker to Food Court Operator:
Local franchisee to serve up student jobs and healthy dining options with addition of Smoothie Factory Juice Bar & Red Mango Yogurt Café in Orland Park, IL
May 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Mohammad Mansour still remembers the summers he spent riding his bike to the Orland Park Mall for his first job in the food court while attending the local high school. Now the roles have reversed where Mansour is the business owner of several food concepts at the mall giving students their first jobs instead. And the newest addition to his restaurants is literally a real treat with the future opening of Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar and Red Mango® Yogurt Café in the Orland Park Mall food court.
Growing up in Orland Park, Ill., Mansour spent a good amount of time at the mall working through high school and college, building wonderful relationships with community members and business owners.
Today, Mansour has made it his passion after college to give back to the place he calls his second home. And this fall Mansour and his business partner and good friend Minwer Ballota will give back with the healthiest of offerings.
“We truly love this mall and all of the people here. We researched different frozen yogurt concepts for a long time as a way to offer more nutritious eating options. That is how we found out about the option of opening a Smoothie Factory and Red Mango,” said Mansour. “We want to offer our community, friends and family better food choices and healthier snack alternatives to enjoy when shopping. Smoothie Factory Juice Bar and Red Mango Yogurt Café offer the perfect balance of healthy and satisfying menu items and will be a great addition to the mall.”
While helping encourage healthier eating options in the local community, Mansour is also cooking up a better way to give back to his hometown by teaching new generations the value of business. As part of a program he has developed with Sandburg High School, where he was a student, Mansour will offer jobs to local students to help build up their job experiences and business skills.
“At our other mall locations, this program has been a huge success. I enjoy watching the students learn and grow just like I did when I had my first job at this mall,” said Mansour. “This program is a great way for them to build up their resumes and college applications. I have built a wonderful relationship with the staff and students at Sandburg High School, and I cannot wait to watch this job experience program grow even more.”
Both concepts set to open in the fall will be located at a kiosk facing the mall food court. Smoothie Factory Juice Bar will offer made-to-order fresh fruit smoothies and fresh cold-squeezed juices. Red Mango Yogurt Café will offer signature café salads and flatbread sandwiches under 500 calories, and award-winning Red Mango® frozen yogurt in a variety of rotating flavors with a toppings bar.
About Smoothie Factory
The first Smoothie Factory location opened in Carrollton, Texas in 1996 and was acquired by BRIX Holdings, LLC, an innovative multi-concept franchising company, in 2014. Smoothie Factory Juice Bar has established itself as a leading retailer of real fruit smoothies, fresh juices and nutritional products. Both the domestic and international headquarters of Smoothie Factory are located in Dallas, Texas. The Smoothie Factory Juice Bar brand signifies exceptional products with the highest nutritional values and promotes healthy eating options that fit into its customers’ lifestyles. Smoothie Factory Juice Bar locations also offer popular nutritional supplements to consumers at low costs.
More information about Smoothie Factory Juice Bar opportunities in the US and Canada is available at www.smoothiefactory.com. Franchising information is available at www.smoothiefactoryfranchise.info or 1-877-457-8145.
About Red Mango Yogurt Café
Based in Dallas and with more than 330 locations across the U.S., Mexico, El Salvador and Uruguay, Red Mango is a rapidly-expanding retailer of all-natural frozen yogurt, light foods and fresh cold-squeezed juices. Red Mango Yogurt Café serve fresh, cold-squeezed juices made with raw, never heated whole fruits and vegetables, sandwiches and salads under 500 calories, fresh fruit smoothies, and uniquely delicious all-natural frozen yogurt fortified with live and active probiotic cultures like GanedenBC30® (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086).
Red Mango is a portfolio company of BRIX Holdings, LLC, a Dallas-based multi brand franchising company specializing in chains with superior products and attractive growth prospects.
More information about Red Mango Yogurt Café is available at www.redmangousa.com. Visit Red Mango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redmango or www.facebook.com/dankimredmango, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/redmango. Franchising information is available at redmangofranchise.info or 1(877) 457-8145.
About BRIX Holdings, LLC
BRIX Holdings, LLC is a Dallas-based multi brand franchising company specializing in chains with superior products and attractive growth prospects. BRIX Holdings focuses on brands that are both attractive to the rapidly expanding single-unit owner/operator franchise market segment and have the potential to grow into national and international award-winning chains. The current BRIX Holdings portfolio includes the Red Mango Cafe, Smoothie Factory Juice Bar, RedBrick Pizza®, Greenz® and Souper Salad® chains.
SOURCE BRIX Holdings, LLC
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