Nguyen said seven stores are expected to be open by the end of the year. He will own three of them, with the others being franchises.
The Andover location will feature 16 flavors and over 50 toppings. There will be seating for about 15 people, said Dave Clarke, the contractor for the proposed store.
Clarke said the concept of the store will include bright and vibrant colors to match the company's other stores.
Photos on Sweet Kiwi's website show bright green and light brown colors inside the store, similar to Orange Leaf. The plastic furniture is also similar to Orange Leaf.
Nguyen, who grew up in Haverhill after moving from Vietnam when he was 16, said he picked Andover to open a new store because of the central location downtown, visibility on Main Street and the nearby municipal parking.
He said his family owned and operated a restaurant in Lowell for seven years before selling it.
Clarke said they are hoping to open sometime in February of March. The store will employ between seven and 15 people.
“It is a destination for people now,” Clarke said of downtown. “It is a great alternative to the malls because there is a great variety of existing businesses that work well together.”