Last week, Bradenton-based Smoothie King franchisees Dave and David Cotrone opened their fifth location at 5426 Lockwood Ridge Road.
The father-son team operate four other Smoothie King locations in Bradenton, where they’ve lived for 30 years. In a release, Dave Cotrone gave credit for his success to the Bradenton community.
“Really caring for your employees and customers is the best formula for success,” Dave Cotrone said. “You see these people day in and day out and really develop relationships and friendships with them.”
Last year, the Cotrones’ location on Manatee Avenue won the Smoothie King Store of the Year award. The family has its sights set on opening a Parrish location in 2018.
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Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. is a privately held New Orleans-area-based franchise company with more than 850 units worldwide. Smoothie King was founded in 1973 by Steve Kuhnau, whose mission was to help others achieve better health in a tasty way.
In 1989, Smoothie King became the first franchised smoothie bar/health food store in the U.S. and currently operates in 34 states, the Caymans, Trinidad and Tobago, the Middle East, and the Republic of Korea, according to the release.