Fresh Dining Concepts has acquired Jamba Hawaii from Blue Pacific Management in a deal that closed earlier this month for an undisclosed sum. The purchase includes the license for all 27 Jamba locations throughout the state — 21 on Oahu, three on Maui, two on Hawaii Island and one on Kauai. “We are very excited to do business in Hawaii. This … state has a unique and incredible culture [that] has embraced the Jamba brand for over two decades,” Fresh Dining Concepts said in an email to Pacific Business News. “Jamba Hawaii … allows flexibility to provide localized products to our local fan base whilst keeping to our core initiatives,” the company added. Fresh Dining Concepts is a franchisee group that owns and operates various quick-service restaurant brands throughout the country. According to the … company’s website, Fresh Dining Concepts was founded in 2015 with 22 stores of pretzel eatery Auntie Anne’s. Since then, it has expanded to 165 stores across four brands, which also include Cinnabon and Carvel in addition to Auntie Anne’s and Jamba. Blue Pacific Management had owned the Jamba license for the Hawaii market since 2013. … . Blue Pacific also formerly owned the franchise for Jack in the Box restaurants in Hawaii and Guam. In October, it sold the franchise to Seattle-based PARS Group LLC. With the two recent sales, Blue Pacific will announce its new business plans in the near future, the spokesperson said. Jamba Hawaii currently has more than 500 employees — all of whom will be retained, Fresh Dining Concepts noted. Plus, the company added, “we always welcome more to the Jamba ohana.” As the new ownership group, Fresh Dining Concepts said that it plans to “build on the … established.” “We couldn’t be more excited to grow the footprint of Jamba here in the Islands,” the company added. Details regarding where or how many stores could be included in a potential expansion were not immediately available. “We are thankful for the opportunity to continue stewardship of Jamba Hawaii, a brand that is tightly woven into the local communities statewide,” Fresh Dining Concepts said.

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