Colorado may soon see a new face in the smoothie market, with more than just the popular flavored ice drinks.
Mark Thompson, president of Monument-based Pinnacle Business Authority, has purchased the rights to develop Froots franchises in Colorado.
“What separates Froots from other smoothie franchises in the market is the offering of wraps and salads as well,” Thompson said. “Two-thirds of the sales are wraps and salads versus just smoothies.”
The headquarters for Froots of Colorado will be in Monument. An administrative office is scheduled to open in less than two weeks.
During the next 10 years, the target plan is to open 60 Froots franchises, Thompson said.
Founded in 2001, Froots has 25 franchises in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Turks & Caicos in the Eastern Caribbean. Sixty-eight more are under development.
Prior to founding Pinnacle Business Authority, Thompson was a corporate intermediary and mergers/acquisitions consultant serving several Fortune 500 companies, including Chicago-based Baxter/Caremark International. During the late 1990s, he was the founding member of the senior management team of Matrix Rehabilitation Inc.
Green business, BaggyShirts
BaggyShirts LLC, founded in July, takes recycled men’s shirts and turns them into reusable bags.
Denver resident Jan Ramos and her business partner and next-door neighbor, Dana Miller, created the company as an alternative to disposable, single-use bags.
As a green business, the owners work from their homes, as do the artisans who fabricate BaggyShirts. The entire shirt is used; nothing is wasted in the process.
BaggyShirts are unlike most other reusable bags because they are not made from petroleum-based materials or manufactured abroad and then imported. BaggyShirts use no packaging, and when necessary, use only recycled and recyclable shipping materials.
Each shirt serves multiple purposes. The largest bag, made from the body of the shirt, can be used as a grocery bag, bike bag, yoga bag, diaper bag, stroller bag, wheel chair bag, etc.
A medium-sized bag is made from the sleeves of the shirt and can be used to tote produce, books, personal items and the like. The third and smallest bag is perfect for carrying wine or water bottles.
Travel agency gets new location
After 25 years in its downtown storefront at 102 S. Tejon, Globe Travel Service is moving to a new location, 620 N. Tejon, Suite 201, effective Nov. 19.
“We are moving because we don’t need a streetfront anymore. Most of our business is done with e-mails and over the telephone,” said Connie Armit, president and CEO. “And the parking is better, which is huge for our clients who do come to visit us.”
The full-service travel agency has been open since 1964, when Armit’s late husband, Jack, bought the business.
“We are problem solvers instead of just ticket sellers,” she said. “We are still beating the Internet with prices the majority of the time because we have everything at our fingertips.”
NYPD Pizza sets up shop
A new pizzeria is coming to the area, offering a taste of New York style pizza. New York Pizza Development Pizza, the first in Colorado, is at 4359 Integrity Point, near the intersection of Powers Boulevard and Barnes Road.
Bob and Joan Lisko are the co-owners and operators.
Established in 1996 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., New York Pizza Development has 50 franchises, with 25 scheduled to open next year.
Joan Johnson covers retail for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.