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Planet Smoothie Franchise Owners Give Back

Franchisees in central Florida showed their appreciation for healthcare workers by providing more than 1,000 smoothies 

Local business owners have deep connections to their communities, and when you see your community hurting, you want to respond in positive ways. Planet Smoothie® franchise owners Shezel O’Neil and Jillian Davidson recently gave back in a big way to help essential workers who are on the frontline working to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

O’Neil, who is also Vice President of Nursing at AdventHealth Celebration, recently provided more than 500 delicious smoothies to the nurses, staff, and executives during the hospital’s Nurses Week. Jason Mann, who is not only one of Planet Smoothie’s most successful franchise owners, but also the iconic smoothie brand’s Central Florida Area Developer, provided a helping hand at AdventHealth as well. 

“I appreciate Shezel for bringing me in to help champion the cause and show my appreciation for all that healthcare workers do,” says Mann. “It was a very special occasion for us because when you watch the news, you hear about the heroes on the frontlines and nurses that are taking risks. However, meeting and conversing with them in person, and seeing and feeling their excitement for being celebrated, really brings everything home. This event was not only something that we were excited and privileged to be part of, but it’s also something that we’re looking forward to continuing to expand through our partnership to the other AdventHealth campuses throughout central Florida.”

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Nearly two hours northeast of AdventHealth, Davidson gave back by providing more than 800 smoothies over the course of four days to healthcare workers at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

“Nurses are critical in helping people remain safe and healthy,” says Davidson. “We felt it was paramount to pour back into those who put themselves at risk everyday to keep us safe. The event was very successful and it was such a great feeling to be able to show our appreciation and support.”

Since our founding more than two decades ago, Planet Smoothie has not only been passionate about helping consumers lead active, healthier lives with our delicious smoothies, but also about making a difference in the communities we serve. This service-mindset is what makes Planet Smoothie’s culture special, according to Mann. 

“The key thing about franchising is the people who get up everyday and work to accomplish their dreams of business ownership through franchising,” says Mann. “At the core of great brands are the people, who really build and create the culture. Planet Smoothie has had a consistent thread over the last 25 years of creating great energy inside their stores. We have been truly fortunate here in central Florida to have a really great franchise community and advertising cooperative that works together, supports each other through communication and sharing best practices. I think when you combine all of those together it helps us to continue to dominate the brand segment in the territory where we have Planet Smoothie’s.” 

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Planet Smoothie is a simple, easy-to-operate business that doesn’t require any prior food service experience. The smoothie market is strong and growing, and Planet Smoothie stands out with a menu built around real fruit and other healthier ingredients. Planet Smoothie has been around for 25 years because we do one thing really well: we make delicious smoothies. Capture a piece of the strong and growing smoothie industry with a Planet Smoothie franchise.