Fast-growing acai and smoothie bowl franchise Baya Bar is set to open its 12th New York location at the base of the new condo at the corner of Fifth Avenue in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn.
Founded in 2016 by former Brooklyn-born finance executive Bill
Loesch, Baya Bar has big plans for national expansion.
After a successful start in New Jersey, Louisiana, and New
York, Loesch has decided that acai and smoothie bowl restaurant franchise
opportunities can move the concept national. “My vision is to see this brand
across the nation, to help people be aware of what they are putting in their
bodies,” he said. “You want to be transparent with what’s in your food. The
goal is to push it toward a lifestyle brand.”
The other benefit to creating a franchise system is helping
others create their own businesses, Loesch said. “I believe in this very
strongly. I want to give this opportunity to other entrepreneurs. There are
plenty of people struggling, people who don’t love the 9 to 5. I want to help
other hardworking people build their own business. They may not know how to do
it, but they can follow our process. We can change lives.”
William Tan, Baya Bar franchisee with business partner Nicholas Liu, will be opening the Greenwood Heights store. Tan commented, “The location at the base of 233 Eighteenth was simply perfect for our first franchise. We look forward to opening this summer.”
Developed by Eagle Development Corp. 233 Eighteenth is a
six-story building with 20 one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos. Sales are
being led by The Aguayo Team at Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing
(BHSDM) and 65 percent of the units are already under contract.
Baya Bar has signed a long-term lease for a 1,500 s/f retail
space on the ground floor. “Baya Bar will be a welcome addition to the
neighborhood, and we expect that many of our buyers, who will be moving in
later this year, will enjoy its offerings along with the rest of the
community,” said Ioannis Glyptis, principal, Eagle Development Corp.
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