One of several frozen yogurts shops to pop up over the past two years has closed.
Sweet Pete’s, at Ridgewood Farms Shopping Center in Salem, is closed.
Owner Rick Klein said he believes the shop, near LewisGale Medical Center, was in a bad location.
“I think it was that people in Salem don’t consider it Salem,” he said. “Unless they have to go to the hospital, they don’t come that way.”
He also blamed the economy, saying that even if consumers have some disposable income, they are more likely to spend it eating dinner out, rather than getting a dessert.
Klein said competition from other frozen yogurt shops “has nothing to do with the closing.”
Sweet Pete’s opened in October 2011 and was one of several frozen yogurt shops to open in the past two years. It was one of just a few independently owned shops. Franchises such as Sweet Frog, Menchie’s and Bloop have also opened stores.
I have been trying to get in touch with the proprietor of the BTO frozen yogurt shop that is opening in Salem. The corporate office tells me the owner of the Salem store is the same man who owns the BTO in Radford, which opened long before frozen yogurt shops made their debut in Roanoke. I’ll post information about the Salem BTO store when I have an update.