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Jamba Juice closes store near DU

Jamba Juice, a familiar food and beverage business in the University Lofts building at University Boulevard and Evans Avenue since 2007, has peeled its last pineapple and whipped up its final smoothie.

The store at 2076 S. University Blvd. closed Tuesday night and by midday Wednesday, crews were removing lights and ripping down the sign. It is one of two corporate-owned stores to close, a spokesman says, leaving 15 other corporate stores in the Denver area.

Jamba Juice, a California-based restaurant chain that features healthful food and beverages, operates 432 company-owned stores and 311 franchises, according to a press release. In June 2009, the company launched a refranchising initiative for up to 150 company-owned stores by the end of 2010. The DU-area store closing is related to that effort, the spokesman says.

University Lofts owner Pat Barron said he didn’t expect the 2,000-square-foot space to be vacant for long, noting that he’s already received inquiries from potential new tenants.

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