Jamba Juice was founded in 1990 as Juice Club, Inc. by Kirk Perron. The first location was in San Luis Obispo, California. Three of Perron’s friends, Joe Vergara, Kevin Peters, and Linda Ozawa Olds, soon joined the venture.
In 1995, the company name was changed to Jamba Juice.
By 1996, there are 30 stores operating in California. These are both company-owned and franchised.
In 1997, the company partnered with Whole Foods and opens Jamba Juice locations inside Whole Foods stores.
In 1998, the company introduces Jambola bread.
In 1999, the company acquired Zuka Juice.
In 2006, Services Acquisition Corporation International purchases Jamba Juice and changes the company name to Jamba, Inc. Jamba is now a publicly traded company.
In 2008, the company begins to introduce wraps, sandwiches, and salads to its menu.
Today, Jamba Juice operates over 860 stores in 26 US states, Canada, the Philippines, and South Korea. About half the stores are corporately owned.
The company is known for introducing new flavors that become quite popular. The trendy new flavors of 2022 are Strawberry Bursting Boba and Sweet Tapioca Boba Pearls.
Jamba Juice, like many other restaurant chains, is having trouble with staffing…or are they? Jamba Juice says that price increases are necessary in order to hire talent but people say that their applications are routinely rejected.
Jamba Juice maintains a corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia.