YoFRESH YOGURT CAFÉ Franchise Watch: How Many Have Closed? How Many Remain? [UPDATED]
August 16, 2016
YoFRESH YOGURT CAFÉ Franchise Watch: Help us track the openings and closings of YoFresh Yogurt Café franchise locations by posting comments & updates below.
(UnhappyFranchisee.Com) YoFresh Yogurt Cafe is a franchise chain whose growth we track on a regular basis. The following numbers are estimates based on publicly available information and should be double-checked. Each time we update the information, we notify YoFresh and Chris Gregoris and invite clarifications and corrections.
As of 8/16/16, the same number of YoFresh Yogurt franchise stores have closed or left the system (25) as are still operational (24).
The Yofresh Yogurt Cafe franchise failure rate may be much higher than 50% if one factors in franchise transfers (same franchise store being sold multiple times to new owners – sometimes called churning) and the number of franchisees who paid franchise fees yet never opened a store.
Sold but not opened: The same documents indicate that in 2012 and 2013, 52 franchises had been sold (franchise fees paid) that were not yet open. While some of those may have opened in 2014 or later, many were sold for states where no Yofresh stores ever opened (including CO, CT, CA and the district of Columbia).
Closed stores listed as “Open”: The YoFresh Yogurt Cafe website lists 28 total locations, but 2 of those locations are confirmed closed (and have been for some time – Fenton, MO and Lubbock, TX) and four SC locations are simply convenience stores that dispense the product.
On 8/16/16 we estimated that a total of 49 YoFresh Yogurt Cafe stores have opened to date. Of those, we estimate that about 49 stores (59%) are open and about 25 (51%) are closed or left the system.
One of the store listed as closed (South San Francisco) never opened.
Park Ridge, NJ appears to be open but left the system since it was dropped from the website.
Some franchises have been resold once or multiple times to new owners.
The number of franchisees who paid franchise fees but never open is not known at this time.
YoFresh Yogurt Cafe has been known to provide untrue representations regarding store counts in press releases and to the media. Fast Casual had to revise a story based on YoFresh’s false contention that it had 36 stores open when it, in fact, had only 24 open. Since we’ve been tracking YoFresh representations, the numbers they’ve supplied to the media have been much more accurate.
NOTE: At the present time, Chris Gregoris, founder and CEO, claims that YoFresh Yogurt Cafe has suspended sales of new franchises.
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YoFresh Yogurt Café Locations Updated 2/2/16
We believe that at least 22 franchise locations have opened and closed. Closed locations and “Coming Soon” locations that never opened are listed in RED. Locations that are open but not acknowledged on the YoFresh website are listed in ORANGE. Blue indicates locations believed sold without required state registration.
AZ Las Vegas, NV 4985 W Tropicana Ave Ste 103 [CLOSED]
CA South San Francisco 2278 Westborough Blvd #205 [CLOSED BEFORE OPENING] (unregistered franchise. Franchisee: Ng)
FL Orlando, 13651 Hunters Oak Dr. (Owner: Ayman Ismail Opened 2/14/14 Closed 11/14) [CLOSED]
FL Venice, FL 4197 S Tamiami Trail (Opened 11/3/12 Franchisees David & Jessica De Fede)
FL Winter Haven 300 Cypress Gardens Blvd 33880 Franchisee Sheila Figueroa Sept 2013 – December 2014? [CLOSED]
IL Evanston 635 Chicago Ave, Evanston, Illinois (Franchisees Larry & Jean Murphy Opened 9/5/14*) (unregistered?)
IL Chicago 2935 N Broadway St (Owner: Abdul Saqlain UNDER NEW MGMT 2/16 Opened 4/30/14*) (unregistered?)
IL Woodstock 124 Cass St (Opened 2/21/14* Franchisee: Ravi Patel) (unregistered?)*
MA Newton, MA 14 Austin St (Franchisee: Frank Amato Opened 9/16/12 Closed 3/15)
MI Brighton 8373 West Grand River (Franchisees Michael & Lisa Soloy Anderson Opened 5/23/14)
MO Fenton 699F Gravois Bluffs Blvd. (Franchisee: Zafar Langrial Opened 9/5/14 closed Fall 2015)
NJ Brick Kennedy Mall Plaza 2770 Hooper Ave. (Franchisee: Deneen Rojas Opened 8/23/14)
NJ South Amboy, NJ 1866 Rt.35N [CLOSED 11/13]
NJ Fairfield, NJ 397 US HWY 46W Opened 2012 Closed 2013 [CLOSED]
NJ Denville, NJ 8 W Main St. (Opened April 2012 Closed 2014) [CLOSED]
NJ Haddonfield 7 Kings Highway East (Franchisee: Max Tave Opened 9/13/14)
NJ Monroe Township, NJ 1600 Perrineville Rd (Opened 12/1/12)
NJ North Brunswick 2431 U.S. 1 (Opened 6/9/13)
NJ Roseland 31 Eisenhower Parkway Closed 2013 [CLOSED]
NJ South Plainfield 2325 Plainfield Ave. (Owner: Nadine DiLeo Opened: 6/15/13 Closed: 11/7/14) [CLOSED]
NJ Livingston, NJ 17 Mt. Pleasant Ave. Closed August 2013 [CLOSED]
NJ Park Ridge, NJ 168 Kinderkamack Rd. (Opened 6/13) (Delisted from corporate website)
NJ Princeton/Montgomery, Princeton North Shopping Center, 1225 State Rd. (Route 206) (Opened 5/1/14)
NY New York 4724 5th Ave, Brooklyn 11220 (Franchisee Ms. Tinghe Opened 5/11/14) (unregistered?) (not listed on co. site)*
NC Durham 5410 Page Rd. Suite 7 (Opened 1/6/14 Closed 10/14? Owners: Jim and Jodi Rychick) [CLOSED]
OH Chillicothe 1251 N. Bridge St. (740) 773-7374 (Opened 11/17/15 Franchisee: Mike Kelly)
PA Allentown, PA 4642 Broadway (Opened Aug. 2012 Sold to new owners Kelly & Richard Maddrick)
PA Bethlehem, PA 3217 Schoenersville Rd (Owner: Theo Aranki Opened 6/24/12 Closed 1/15?)
PA Etters 112 Newberry Parkway (Opened 2/21/14; 2nd owner 2015)
PA Hatfield 190 Forty Foot Rd – Suite 100 (Owners Karen and Don Wroten Opened Nov. 2013)
PA Hellertown, The Shoppes at Hellertown 9 Main Street (484) 851-8005 (Opened 11/15 Franchisees Donna & Paul Novak)
PA Horsham, PA 314 Horsham Rd (Owner Nicole Cicci Kazarian Opened 9/12 Closed 12/13) [CLOSED]
PA West Chester, PA 700 Downingtown Pike (Franchisee Atul Patel Opened 9/13 Closed Fall 2014) [CLOSED]
PA Lebanon, PA 721 Quentin Rd (Owner Anthony Russo Opened 10/2012 Closed 1/10/14) [CLOSED]
PA Jenkintown, PA 1621 The Fairway (Next to Whole Foods) (Opened 12/1/12)
PA Mechanicsburg 125 Gateway Drive 17055 (Opened 6/3/15)
PA Whitehall 2401 MacArthur Rd. Whitehall, PA (Owner: Theo Aranki Opened Nov. 15, 2013)
PA Quakertown, PA 680 N West End Blvd. (Opened 9/18/13 Closed Fall 2014) [CLOSED]
SC Ballentine 1311 Dutch Fork Road (803) 732-5631 (Not a store – yogurt dispensed in a convenience store Opened 3/24/15 Robert Brandi, Brandi Companies, Inc.)
SC Irmo 11048 Broad River Rd. 29063 (Not a store – yogurt dispensed in a convenience store Franchisee: Robert Brandi, Brandi Companies)
SC Pelion 7909 Edmund Highway 29123 (Not a store – yogurt dispensed in a convenience store Franchisee: Robert Brandi, Brandi Companies)
SC West Columbia 129 Rolling Meadows Lane 29172 (Not a store – yogurt dispensed in a convenience store Franchisee: Robert Brandi, Brandi Companies)
TX Lubbock, TX 5510 4th St. (Opened 5/30/11 Closed 2015?)
TX San Antonio, TX 302 Valley Hi Dr [CLOSED – 2/28/14]
TX San Antonio, TX 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy Ste 303 [CLOSED – Rebranded Loving It Yogurt 2013]
TX Sugar Land, TX 6560 Greatwood Pkwy (Opened 5/10/12 Resold 12/30/12 Resold again 7/2015)
TX The Woodlands, TX 30420 FM 2978 Suite 430 [CLOSED in 2014]
TX Cypress, TX 10750 Barker Cypress Suite 101 [CLOSED in 2014]
VA Manassas 8300 Sudley Rd. L4 Manassas Mall (Opened 3/13/15*)
VA Stafford 35 Walpole Street (540) 699-2426 [CLOSED in 2014] (Opened 4/9/15*)
WI DeForest 625 South Main St. (Franchisees Sylvie & Ray Wipperfurth Opened May 26, 2015)
WI Franklin 7700 S Lovers Lane Rd Suite 110 (Franchisees Ryan and Nicole Goodno Opened 5/2/15)
WI Oak Creek, WI 8701 S. Howell Ave. (Owners Steve Karabon & Annie (Piontek) Karabon, opened 11/19/12 2 Sweet 4U, Inc.)
WI Hales Corners 5760 S. 108th St (Franchisee Shamik Patel Opened 8/29/14)
* Franchise believed to have been unlawfully sold opened in registration state without being registered.
YoFresh Yogurt Café Locations “Coming Soon” Updated 12/28/14
AL Alexander City (added 12/14)
CA South San Francisco (no address posted)
DC District of Columbia (no address posted)
PA Easton (added 12/14)
PA Hellerstown (added 2/15)
PA Montgomery County (location not yet selected)
PA Bucks County, (location not yet selected)
PA Philadelphia (no address posted)
PA Pittsburgh (added 2/16)
SC West Columbia 129 Rolling Meadows Lane (added 2/16)
VA Stafford, 35 Walpole St. (Added 3/15)
VA Manassas, Manassas Mall (Added 3/15)
WI Lake Geneva (no address posted)
WI Milwaukee (no address posted)
8/16/16 Updated to reflect closure of YoFresh Lubbock, TX
12/10/13, the YoFresh Yogurt Café website listed 25 locations.
1/14/14 the list of YoFresh Yogurt Café stores had dropped to 22 stores open, despite several new store openings.
According to the YoFresh Yogurt Café website, on 1/14/14 there were 22 YoFresh Yogurt Cafes open in 7 states, and 13 listed as “Coming Soon.”
They were located as follows: FL (2), MA (1), NJ (5), NC (1), PA (7), TX (5), WI (1)
2/2/16 we replaced this previous copy:
“4/21/15 we have estimated that a total of 45 YoFresh Yogurt Cafe locations have opened to date. Of those, we estimate that about 25 stores (56%) are open and about 20 (44%) are closed or rebranded.
We’ve identified 20 YoFresh franchise locations (about 44%) that we believe have opened and closed.”
All of the information on this list is estimated, reflects our “best guess” and is compiled from publicly available sources. We have asked YoFresh for verification of the information on this page but have not received an answer.
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