National Lifestyle Brand Named a Top 500 Franchise by Franchise Times Magazine
Nékter Juice Bar, the thriving national lifestyle brand bringing delicious, functional and nutrition-packed freshly made juices, superfood smoothies, acai bowls and healthy snacks to communities across the country, today has earned yet another impressive award as it continues its national expansion while posting record systemwide sales. Franchise Times magazine, a respected industry news source, included Nékter Juice Bar in its annual Top 500 list, making it one of the largest and most successful franchises in the country. The list was published in the magazine’s October 2022 issue.
Today, Nékter Juice Bar, with 330 locations open or in development in the U.S., is enjoying positive same store growth over a record setting year in 2021 in which its top quartile had an AUV of more than $1 million (as reported in its 2022 Franchise Disclosure Document). Additionally, the brand has increased total systemwide sales by nearly 10% as it continues to fill in existing markets and grow into new markets.
“As we celebrate our 12th year providing fresh, unprocessed, plant-based foods to Americans, who continue to explore and maintain healthier lifestyles, this award underscores our unwavering commitment to stay the course and never compromise our standards,” said Steve Schulze, co-founder and CEO, Nekter Juice Bar. “In doing so, we have built a leading restaurant franchise that remains dedicated to ensuring that our franchise partners continue to grow with us.
Nékter is not new to accolades; almost from inception, the health and wellness brand has garnered tremendous praise from both the restaurant industry and broader business world. Those honors include:
- The “Hot Concept” and “Next 20” awards from Nation’s Restaurant News
- A “Best Buy” in franchising by Franchise Times
- QSR Magazine’s “Best Franchise Deals”
- Top 5 “Movers and Shakers” by FastCasual.com
- Top 250 restaurant brand by Nation’s Restaurant News
- Top 500 chain by Restaurant Business
- Entrepreneur 2021 Top Food Franchise
- 5000 Honor Roll (reserved only for companies named to the Inc. 500 at least five times)
- One of America’s favorite restaurant chains by Newsweek magazine with a five-star rating
“My franchise search ended with Nekter for three reasons: they have an industry leading product; efficient structured processes; and, most importantly a welcoming and helpful support team,” said Joshua Lorenzen, a decorated Navy veteran, who will open the first Nekter in Oklahoma in Oklahoma City in early 2023. “Coming from a military background, I immediately appreciated the structure and refined processes provided to the franchisees. It was clear this franchise had experience and a genuine interest in creating successful franchisees. Since my first call with the Nekter team, everyone has treated me like family. As I prepare to open my first location, they have been there every step of the way to guide me toward success.”
As the pioneer of the modern juice bar experience and the champion of menu transparency and ingredient-integrity, Nékter Juice Bar was founded in 2010 to nourish America’s increasing appetite for plant-based, healthy food options that promote and support various lifestyles and diet preferences. With a steady eye on innovation, the health and wellness brand offers a delicious menu of freshly made, clean and nutrient-rich juices, superfood smoothies, acai bowls, wellness shots, cold-pressed “Grab N’ Go” juices, healthy snacks, and several natural cleanse options to help guests “Keep It Real.” At its core, Nékter believes that “healthy” can taste great, be easily accessible, and be affordable too.
Nékter continues to seek qualified franchise partners, including single-unit, multi-unit and multi-brand operators, who will benefit from one of the healthiest revenues in the industry, a low initial investment, competitive franchise fees, exceptional support from an experienced team, and robust loyalty program which now boasts more than 1 million guests. Veterans will also benefit from a 15% reduction in franchise fees among other incentives.
For more information about the brand or franchising opportunities, please visit NekterJuiceBar.com.
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