Nekter Juice Bar opens 2 more stores in San Diego County

Nekter Juice Bar has opened two more stores in San Diego County.

The two new stores are at The Shops at La Jolla Village, located at 8855 Villa La Jolla Drive - its second in La Jolla - and in San Diego at 969 Market St. It now has a total of nine local stores, including stores in Encinitas, Carlsbad and San Marcos.

The chain opened its first San Diego County store in 2013 and would like to add more stores here.

Nekter, based in Orange County, was founded in 2010 and began franchising in 2012. As of June 5, it had 76 locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Colorado. Its stores, which are generally about 1,200 square feet, are generating average unit volumes of about $837,300 a year.

Company officials said it was recently named one of the fastest growing franchise businesses of 2016 by Inc. Magazine and was recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News as a 2016 “Hot Concept.”

Nekter officials say its products are made without processed ingredients, artificial flavors or added sugars. Its Greenie juice includes parsley, spinach and kale. Its Pink Flamingo smoothie has pitaya, strawberry, pineapple and coconut water. The acai mango bowl includes açaí, banana, pineapple and mango. Its juices, smoothies and acai bowls range from $4 to $10.35.

Earlier in June, Nekter expanded its menu with the launch of Skoop, which in San Diego County is sold at locations in Carlsbad, Del Mar, San Marcos and The Shops at La Jolla Village.

Skoop is a dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free frozen treat. Its two flavors - Chocolate Bliss and Viva Vanilla - are made with cashew milk, honey, agave nectar, coconut palm sugar and sea salt. They cost $4.25 and an additional $1 for three toppings, which include fresh blueberries, vegan chocolate chips and cacao nibs.

“While most people desire to live a healthy lifestyle, most still have that sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied in some capacity,” said Steve Schulze, Nekter’s co-founder and CEO. “With Skoop, it was Nekter’s desire to reinvent the frozen yogurt/ice-cream space with a natural offering.”

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