Business View Magazine | August 2020

81 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE AUGUST 2020 It’s more than just juice C lean Juice, the fresh organic juice and smoothie franchise company, started in 2014 as the brainchild of Kat and Landon Eckles. After spending years traveling internationally, Landon was ready for a career change and more time at home with his growing family. Kat had spent the better part of a decade making smoothies and juices at home and had the idea of opening a juice bar in the Charlotte area. The first Clean Juice location opened in June 2015 in Birkdale Village, North Carolina. Two more corporate stores opened in the first year, and the franchising platform was launched in the summer of 2016; the first Clean Juice franchise opened in March, 2017, and since then interest has soared in states across the country. Today, there are 101 locations open, including 13 corporately-owned stores, with another 50 franchise units currently in development. Recently, Business View Magazine spoke with Dave Cuff, Vice President of Development, and Staci McDonnell, Vice President of Franchise Development to learn more about this successful franchise operation that offers USDA-certified organic on-the-go food and beverages. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation. BVM: Can you talk about what has transpired since Clean Juice opened four years ago? Cuff: “A lot has changed – our systems and processes have really grown over the past four years. We started with a team of six or seven people at our 2,500-sq.-ft. office; we’re now in a 12 ,000-sq.ft . office with about 30 home office employees and we’re