Update posted May 22
According to this website, BTO frozen yogurt, which already has a location in Radford, is opening in Salem on West Main Street.
That makes at least 13 frozen yogurt shops from Radford to Roanoke and the Smith Mountain Lake area. Here’s my list:
Frogurt in downtown Roanoke
Sweet Frog at Towers Shopping Center
Sweet Frog in Hardy
Sweet Frog at Towne Square Shopping Center (opening soon)
Sweet Frog in Christiansburg
Sweet Pete’s at Ridgewood Farms in Salem
Frosty Parrot in Blacksburg
Yogurt Cafe in Southwest Roanoke County
Naticakes at the Bonsack Kroger shopping center (opening this summer)
Menchie’s at Hunting Hills Plaza
Bloop at Hunting Hills Station in Roanoke
BTO in Radford
BTO in Salem (opening soon)
I mentioned in this blog post last week that a new frozen yogurt store was opening at Hunting Hills Station, a shopping strip just below Chick-fil-A and Starbucks on U.S. 220.
I’m back with more details on the store.
The new frozen yogurt store is a franchise called Bloop, which is based in Lynchburg where two stores have already opened. A third Lynchburg store is opening soon, as are stores in Charlottesville, Winchester and Greensboro, N.C.
The Roanoke franchise owner, Ryan Schwartz, said he wanted to bring the business to Roanoke because he thinks there is room in the market for more frozen yogurt and he believes in the business model.
The business model he speaks of includes Bloop’s Cup-4-Cup program, in which the company donates 5 cents of every sale to Charity: Water, an organization that is raising money to provide drinking water to third world countries.
“It’s yogurt with a difference,” Schwartz said. “This is something I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about making a difference.”
He said he’s not worried about competition from other nearby frozen yogurt stores, including Menchie’s at Hunting Hills Plaza, Yogurt Cafe on Electric Road near Brambleton Avenue, and Sweet Frog at Towers Shopping Center, because he likes the location of the new store and believes in the business model.
Bloop is expected to open the end of June. It will offer 12 flavors of ice cream at a time, 45 toppings, and charge 39 cents per ounce.