ANDOVER — A new frozen yogurt shop is moving downtown and the owner says he's ready to compete with the success of Orange Leaf, a popular frozen yogurt chain on Park Street.
Orange Leaf opened in July 2011 to crowds of people looking for such a dessert place downtown.
Now, people will also be able to choose Sweet Kiwi Frozen Yogurt, which is expected to open at 77 Main St. — formally LeBlanc's Fine Wine & Spirits — early next year. The business will appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 1 seeking a special permit.
“It will be a great location,” owner Tuan Nguyen said. “There is good foot traffic and the downtown draws visitors from neighboring towns.”
Frozen yogurt places have become a national trend with stores opening up all around the region. Nguyen said he isn't concerned about the competition with Orange Leaf here in Andover.
“They are doing well and there are enough visitors to the downtown,” Nguyen said. ''So we aren't worried. There is enough for everybody.”
David Pierre, owner of Orange Leaf, would not comment on what Sweet Kiwi might mean for his business.
Along with Sweet Kiwi, Mad Maggie's Ice Cream will be opening at Andover Village Square. Pierre previously said he supported Mad Maggie's opening a second store in town.
Downtown went from having no ice cream or frozen yogurt places to three in a period of about a year and half.
"Orange Leaf has been pretty busy," said Senior Planner Lisa Schwarz. "But people have still been asking for ice cream. In my opinion, I think there is room for more."
But three? Only the market will tell, Schwarz said.
Sweet Kiwi, a family-owned business, opened its first store on Wood Street in Lowell in June 2012. There are now stores also open in Chelmsford and Methuen. Stores are expected to open in Westford, Manchester, N.H., and Martinburg, W. Virginia.