FAIRLAWN — Kit Arn entered the smoothie business in 2010 after 30 years in the wine industry.
He said that while his products have changed, his thoughts about the most important part of owning a business have not.
“I wanted to be that guy who, when kids work for me, 10 or 15 years later they say, ‘I worked for that guy and he taught me this.’ I want to make an impact on young people,” said Arn, owner of the Robeks located at 3757 W. Market St. “I probably had 200 employees… [from Copley, Revere, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Archbishop Hoban, Highland, Medina, Buchtel and Wadsworth high schools]. The goal is to connect with the community. Robeks is a chain, but this location is owned by a local guy, [and] we use local suppliers.”
He added the store regularly supports band, athletics and theater programs at local schools and he has created the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools’ Student of the Month recognition program.
Along with his commitment to young people and the community, Arn said it did not take him long to realize Robeks also had the kind of products he could stand behind when he and his wife, Katie, began researching franchise opportunities. The couple was already familiar with a Robeks location in Akron’s Wallhaven neighborhood, and Arn said its smoothie offerings — including classic, superfood, acai and performance selections — along with an assortment of bowls, fresh juiced vegetables, energy bars, avocado toast and a full line of supplements and enhancements, made the restaurant a perfect fit for the Montrose area.
He noted the two most popular menu items currently are bowls and Robeks’ three varieties of avocado toast.
“I am very proud of the product we sell,” Arn said. “It is a healthy alternative to what is normally called fast food. And the atmosphere here is bright and happy.”
Robeks was founded in 1996 in Southern California as “a juice spot that had better recipes, better taste and better service than any other restaurant out there, where healthy people could order all their vitamins in one serving [and could be] a place not-so-healthy people would love too,” according to the company website at www.robeks.com.
Arn said his store, which is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 am to 8 pm, Saturdays from 8 am to 8 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 8 pm, retains that bright “California atmosphere and healthy lifestyle” in the heart of Montrose.
Arn said that in the past couple of years the business, like many others, has struggled with the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on customer foot-traffic. He said he would like to remind the community that the restaurant is “still here, with quality, healthy products and smiling, happy local kids.”
“I wanted a business I could be proud of when someone asked, ‘What do you do?’ We are a local business and we provide a healthy, high-quality product,” Arn said. “Smoothies are not slushies; they are not frozen sugar with a flavor. Compare us to the others. You will come back to Robeks.”
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