Smoothie King targets Baltimore with plans for 10 more locations

Expect to see a lot more Smoothie Kings pop up over the next couple of years.

The New Orleans-based franchise company wants to open 10 new stores in the Baltimore area, part of a push to add 1,000 new franchised and corporate locations in five years.

The chain now has more than 500 stores, but considers the mid-Atlantic a strong growth area. It's specifically targeting Baltimore, Washington and New York. Besides smoothies, the stores offer energy bars, snacks and vitamin supplements.

Want to open your very own Smoothie King? The company is offering 40 percent off the initial franchise fee, a $10,000 savings, to the first 40 people to sign an agreement this year. The company wants franchisees who have sales, marketing and restaurant or retail experience.

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