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A Planet Smoothie Franchise Can Be A Multi-Generational Investment

Parents, children, siblings, cousins … all kinds of family combinations are coming together to own and operate a business with lasting growth potential

A father and daughter’s entrepreneurial dreams are taking shape in Florida. In that same state, an entire family is building a business together. And in communities across the United States, families are opening Planet Smoothie™franchise locations with an eye toward the future. 


It makes sense. Many parents want to create a small business that they can pass along to their children. And in the meantime, it’s a true “family affair” because they own and operate it together.

A shared entrepreneurial dream takes shape

The Orlando market is one of Planet Smoothie’s strongest, with multiple busy franchises dotting the bustling community. One is owned by Luis and Natalie Rivera, a father-daughter team that saw a prime outdoor mall spot in 2018, and an opportunity. Natalie was a restaurant manager, while Luis worked for FedEx Ground, but the two “wanted a shared business that would be easy to start up,” she says.

“We could see this brand was the best choice. It is simple and easy, both in terms of operations and the ingredients and the concept,” she explains. “Everyone knows Planet Smoothie, so I knew the brand, but I have really liked the interaction with the customers — 

It is more one-on-one, very personal. You really get to know them over time, which is fun.”

Multi-unit possibilities allow for future growth

Another reason families are looking at owning a Planet Smoothie franchise is that it’s hard to stop at just one — kind of like smoothies! Many franchise owners opt to open a second, or even third location over time so their shared asset just keeps growing.

“Planet Smoothie is a brand that is fun to own and operate, and that’s why it’s a true family business on both sides of the counter,” explains says Doug Merenda, Director of Franchise Development. “Many families will open one, and within a few years they have expanded to other parts of the community. They wouldn’t do that if they weren’t seeing strong growth at their first store, or if this was a complicated business to operate. Their continued expansion in markets all around the United States really does tell a great story.” 

Planet Smoothie can be a smoothie franchise that sets itself apart by offering great-tasting smoothies that use healthier, natural ingredients. In a side-by-side comparison, our smoothies generally have less sugar and fewer calories — a big competitive advantage as Americans actively seek out healthier options. Planet Smoothie is led by a veteran franchise team and dedicated brand support team as a part of the Kahala Brands™  family.

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