Cousins Properies has relented, it seems, and will allow for a yogurt operator to open in Emory Point.
Gainesville, Georgia-based Sweet Monkey Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes plans to open at the new intown lifestyle center in April. Sweet Monkey at Emory Point will open in the "Point Building" alongside Bonefish Grill and the upcoming The General Muir. The chain currently has three locations open with "multiple others" in the works.
I saw the company demonstrating their yogurt truck aka "Mobile Monkey" last year at the IAAPA Expo (International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions) in Orlando. I was amazed that for such a small company, and seemingly highly competitive market, the brand would pay the price to exhibit in the international show.
The chain seems rather similar to other self serve yogurt concepts like Yoforia, Yogli Mogli and Menchies, but like Roswell-based Cloud 9, they too serve cupcakes in addition to FroYo. Interestingly though, having only been around since the spring of 2011, "Sweet Monkey Frozen Yogurt & Cupcakes is currently the leading self-serve frozen yogurt chain in the Southeast", or so they say.
Atlanta-based Yoforia was previously linked to Emory Point but sources tell me that Cousins had made the decision to to limit what that called "fad" items like yogurt, cupcakes and popcorn.
Atlanta-based Yogli Mogli has a location in nearby Emory Village while Encino, California-based Menchies has a location at Toco Hills and Red Mango is hanging on at Clairmont & North Decatur.
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