Joliet Jamba Juice junkies will no longer have to trek to Naperville or Orland Park to get a wheatgrass shot, Pomegranate Paradise smoothie or Orange Berry Antioxidant Juice fix.
The California-based chain will be opening its doors on a new store inside the Louis Joliet Mall on Feb. 20, a company official confirmed this week.
Mall marketing director Alysia Gordon said the Jamba Juice setup will be located in the food court, near the Earthbound Trading Co. store and close to the Cinemark Louis Joliet Mall movie theaters.
Jamba Juice, based in California, was started in 1990 by Kirk Perron, a cyclist and healthy lifestyle advocate. The focus moved more toward smoothies when it was purchased in 1999 by Zuka Juice. In the last four years, the chain -- now owned by Jamba Inc. (formerly Services Acquisitions Corp.) -- has been adding salads and sandwiches to its menu.
The chain, however, remains best known for its juices and smoothies, and the promise that nothing it serves has artificial preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats but is heavy on antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, according to its Web site, jambajuice.com.
Click here to see Jamba Juice's menu.