Smoothie King, which originated the smoothie bar concept in 1973, will open its first Morgantown location in early spring on the ground floor of University Park, West Virginia University’s new contemporary mixed-use residence hall and apartment complex on the Evansdale campus.

The franchise will be owned and operated by sisters and Morgantown natives Jennifer Clausen and Ronda Crenner.

“We hope to entice the students, area residents and visitors to adopt healthier lifestyles by adding smoothies and healthy snacks to their diets and incorporating more fitness into their daily routines,” they said.

Smoothie King will be priced to accommodate students and will accept Mountie Bounty.

University Park is a public-private partnership and includes approximately 1,310 beds, food services and retail development benefiting both WVU students and the surrounding neighborhood.

The development is located within walking distance of WVU’s Health Sciences Campus, Ruby Memorial Hospital, Milan Puskar Stadium, WVU’s College of Law, and WVU’s main transportation hub, Mountaineer Station.

Smoothie King Franchises Inc. is a privately held, New Orleans-area-based franchise company with more than 700 units worldwide. By creating each smoothie with a purpose, Smoothie King makes it simple and pleasurable for guests to achieve their individual health goals. The franchise also offers a number of healthy retail products, including sports beverages, energy bars, vitamin supplements and more.

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 United States and currently operates in 33 states, the Caymans, Singapore and the Republic of Korea.

In 2014, Smoothie King was ranked No. 1 by Entrepreneur magazine in the juice bar category for the 20th year and No. 86 overall on the 2014 Franchise 500 list. Visit; engage on Facebook ( or follow on Twitter @SmoothieKing.



CONTACT: Corissa Greer; WVU Office of Real Estate

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