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Permits Up for Pinkberry in Clarendon

by ARLnow.com June 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm 4,181 30 Comments

Two months after we first told you that a Pinkberry frozen yogurt store was coming to Clarendon, construction permits are posted on the Clarendon Boulevard storefront.

So far Pinkberry reps are mum about when the company hopes to open the small store. It appears that interior construction is only just getting underway, however, signaling that an opening by the end of the summer is unlikely.

Pinkberry has a “cult-like” following in other parts of the country, but it will face tough competition in Clarendon. An existing Red Mango froyo store is only one block away and the new Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream store two blocks away expects to sell non-fat frozen yogurt.

  • Dump

    When is Cava opening?

    • We’ll answer that question tomorrow, hopefully 🙂

      • LP

        Was told by building management (I own in the same building Cava is going into) in late May that Cava was aiming for a June 26th opening. By the looks of it (this morning) still looks they have a bit more than 4 days of work to do…and I haven’t seen any wait staff/cooks being trained.

        With that being said, I’ll say the first week of July is my guess.

        • CW

          The space looks pretty darn close. They could be training staff at their other locations, although they’d still need to get accustomed to the layout of the new space.

  • DudeGuy

    I heard that Red Mango is expensive for what it is. PinkBerry, that I have been to in Fairfax Corner was good for the price IMO.

  • BerryBerryCold

    Will this please be the “fake” yogurt that tastes like soft-serve ice cream.


  • Courthouse Res

    They will not face tough competition because Red Mango SUCKS compared to Pinkberry. Can’t say the same for Larry’s because I still have to check it out. And Pinkberry tastes like frozen yogurt, not soft serve.

    • Hah

      Yikes. Sucks is a strong word. They do a brisk business over there, seems like they are doing alright.

      Whats so bad about Red Mango?

    • Dump

      Really? I think Red Mango is awesome. I guess I’ll have to wait and see for myself.

      • Dump

        I should clarify that I’m talking about the smoothies at Red Mango. I hate yogurt.

        • LP

          They recently redid their smoothies, I can’t speak to the new ones, but the old ones were less smoothie and more of a soda consistency.

          They even sent out a mass e-mail to their email list advertising that their smoothies are now much “thicker”. Might be worth giving them another try.

          • CW

            They sent out a bunch of coupons in yesterday’s Redplum mailing advertising their new smoothies…

          • BerryBerryCold

            Awesome, I’ll have to check my mail for it. I’ve never been there, and probably wouldn’t, but now I’ll try the smoothie since a few people have said they are good on this site.

    • R.Griffon

      Nah, I love me some Red Mango. Go probably at least once a week.

      But it’s also worth noting that there’s also Baccato Gelato just down the street as well. And Northside has soft serve in the summer.

      Too damn much ice cream IMHO. Where’s our damn bagel shop?!

      • CW

        Too much ice cream? The only place I know of where I can get ICE CREAM is Goody’s, aside from grocery stores. We have gelato, fro-yo, yo-fro, frogurt, yogenfrogen, “east coast” smoothies, “west coast” smoothies, local-organic-trickling-springs-overpriced-soft-serve, and Frosties at the court house Wendy’s, but no one is really scooping good old fashioned ICE CREAM.

    • AllenB

      I LOVE the Mango.

  • Lou

    Love Pinkberry. Had it out in LA. Their yogurt brings me to the yard.

  • Tre

    What the hell is taking Larry so damn long? Did milk prices go up??

    • BerryBerryCold

      Yes, they did.

      And so have corn prices. Now if only we’d stop burning our food for fuel. If those in power want to use ethanol, there are non-food sources available.

      • CW

        It’s ok, there are posters at the clarendon metro saying that ethanol lowered gas prices by an average of 89 cents a gallon last year. I’m betting those calculations don’t take into account the effects on food prices or the govt subsidies required to help that happen, but who’s counting? 🙂

        • samsonite

          Much like we don’t count the cost of the subsidies to oil companies.

          People have this obsession with low gas prices. They’ll actually pay more out of their pocket for cheap gas than to just pay more for gas. Much like the geniuses who drive miles and miles to find gas that’s a few pennies less per gallon, burning up more fuel than the savings.

      • R.Griffon

        It’s not your food being burned. It’s “feed grade” corn; that which would typically be fed to livestock. Unless you ARE livestock, in which case I retract my statement.

        And there is very heavy research and investment going into deriving biofuels from other sources, including algae. Corn and soy-based fuels are largely seen as a bridge to cheaper and more abundant sources.

        And corn’s artificially cheap in the US anyways due to gov’t subsidies, so even after a rise in prices you’re probably still short of a true market price.

      • samsonite

        We should also just stop giving farmers money to not grow corn or other crops at all, or to jack up the price. We did that a long time before ethanol.

  • John

    We really need a Shake Shack. Clarendon hasn’t had a frozen custard stand in over 50 years.

    • CW

      I second the latter sentence, but I’d prefer a Culver’s. Butterburgers? Yes, please.

  • Jack

    I waited in line for 30 minutes for Pinkberry in Fairfax – Red Mango and Larry are not competition

  • Michael H.

    I foresee a movie about the intense competition in the frozen yogurt industry a la “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”. Maybe something like “Cold Wars: The Dark Underbelly of The World of Frozen Yogurt”.

  • for the dude who made the comment about bagel places you can check out brooklyn bagel bakery which isn’t in claredon, its around courthouse, but honestly love there bagels.


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