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Tough Times for Juice?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at 02:05PM
Library Court Eateries Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The last few weeks have seen two Downtown juice / smoothie shops close up, which makes it tempting to say this must be an ebb in the smoothie craze as everyone switches to frozen yogurt. Juice It Up! on 6th closed over the weekend, and Raspado Xpress on Spring has been dark for a couple weeks now. Bucking the trend is Robeks, now with seven Downtown locations according to their website, with one more on the way.

Even more tempting is the desire to look at any closure as a failure of Downtown's retail scene. The bottom line is that there are always going to be shops that close (particularly restaurants), and usually there are new places coming in right behind them. While the oft-quoted statistic that 90% of new restaurants fail may be a myth, the more accurate number is still around 60%. No matter how successful the market, there's still bound to be turnover.

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