In the comments of Walker's article about new Columbus restaurants in 2012, we had a discussion about all the new frozen yogurt shops. I thought it would be an interesting thread topic, so here goes...
In 2008 Columbus had ZERO dedicated frozen yogurt stores.
In 2009, Red Mango opened (total: 1, new in 2009: 1).
In 2010, Menchies, Yagoot, Cuzzins and Orange Leaf each opened a store (total: 5, new in 2010: 4).
In 2011, Orange Leaf opened 3 new locations, Spoon Me and Josie’s opened 2 new locations each, and Groovy Spoon, Matcha, CherryBerry, Coldstone and Cuzzins each opened 1 new location (total: 17, new in 2011: 12).
In 2012, Cuzzins opened 2 new locations, Yogeez, 39 Below Fro Yo, Coolie Yo, Oh Yo Fro Yo, Sweet Berry, Mochi, Yogopolis, Yaourt, Menchie’s, Sweet Frog, and Bad Frog each opened 1 new location, while Rad Mango closed (total 29, new in 2012: 13, lost in 2012: 1).
There are 9 new locations coming soon according to these brands.
What is your take on all this growth of frozen yogurt stores?
I can only imagine the impact this explosiion of frozen yogurt stores is having on existing frozen dessert places, like Jeni’s Ice Cream, Graeters, Dairy Queen, Cold Stone Creamery, UDF, etc, etc… There has got to be a saturation point, as people can’t possibly be eating that much frozen yogurt unless they are replacing their ice cream consumption for it.