Friends make a smooth move

Smoothie King opening on Grand Cayman

Expats and visitors from the southern region of the United States are about to have a chance to experience a real down-home nutritious treat

Smoothie King, the originator of the nutritional fruit smoothie, is opening its first location at Galleria Plaza on West Bay Road.

Barry Bodden and Gary Watler will host a grand opening on 4 December with free samples, giveaways, coupons and special offers.

Bodden and Watler are long-time friends and are regular guests of Smoothie King when they travel to the United States, which is why they decided to bring Smoothie King to the Cayman Islands.

“Smoothie King has great tasting nutritional smoothies and focuses on helping people achieve a healthier lifestyle,” said Mr. Bodden. “Gary and I are excited to be able to offer the local Caymanian population great tasting nutritional smoothies, as well as a great selection of other healthy options.”

With nutritious menu options that include the new Fit n’ Crunchy bowls, guests can choose from more than 80 smoothies, made to order with real fruit, all-natural juices and a functional mix of vitamins and nutrients. Smoothie King’s trained team members help guests choose a healthy menu item that’s right for each individual.

“Nutrition and fitness are the hallmarks of the Smoothie King brand,” said Steve Kuhnau, founder and chief executive officer, Smoothie King. “We’re pleased to be expanding to the Cayman Islands and hope our guests will enjoy the nutritious products we offer.”

The new location will be open 7am – 9pm Monday through Friday; 9am – 9pm Saturday; and 11am – 7pm Sunday. In addition to regular menu choices, the Cayman Islands Smoothie King will have catering options for special events and fundraisers. For more information visit the store or call 943-3400.

Who they are

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, and currently has more than 600 units operating in 32 states and the Republic of Korea. Additional outlets will soon be opening in Japan, Egypt and Turkey. In 2009, Smoothie King was ranked No. 1 by Entrepreneur magazine in the juice bar category for the 17th year and No. 80 overall on the 2010 Franchise 500 list. Visit www.smoothieking.com; engage on Facebook www.facebook.com/SmoothieKing; follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smoothieking

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