Orange Leaf Ready For Tewksbury Grand Opening

Frozen yogurt franchise has been widely anticipated.

For Tewksbury frozen yogurt fans, this upcoming weekend will be, without a doubt, one to remember.

Saturday, Aug.18 at 11 a.m. will mark the long awaited and much anticipated grand opening of the new, Orange Leaf Frozen yogurt.

Located on Route 38 at Wamesit Place, near the entrance, Orange Leaf promises to bring a whole new kind of experience to Tewksbury.  Owned and operated by partners Ken Mackey, Gerry Goodwin and Don Coffin, Orange Leaf‘s mission statement is a simple one, “To promote community and family by providing a great tasting, sensible frozen dessert made just for you, by you, in an environment that is  as visually uplifting as it is welcoming.” 

Orange Leaf arrives in town with a decidedly local flavor. Two of the three owners are Tewksbury residents and the staff is filled almost entirely with local students. With inviting décor, a fun atmosphere, 16 flavors of self-serve yogurt and 35 different toppings to choose from, it seems to have the makings of a popular destination.

when Mackey, Goodwin and Coffin began hearing the buzz about the franchise and decided to investigate further. At that point it didn’t take long for the trio to find out that Orange Leaf was a perfect fit.

“Orange Leaf is a very young but very impressive franchise,” said Mackey.  “They started out in 2010 with 10 locations and today they are rapidly approaching 300.”

Of course, the decision wasn’t just about the numbers.  “Orange Leaf really does have the best product,” Mackey said.  “The atmosphere that the whole package creates really is incredible.”

A lifelong resident, Mackey is especially excited about bringing his new business to Tewksbury, “There’s nothing quite like opening up a business in your own hometown.”

This weekend will mark two openings for Orange Leaf.  On Friday, Aug. 17, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. the owners will host a private event for family, friends and some local elected officials.  On Saturday, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. Orange Leaf will open their doors and begin selling their brand of self serve frozen yogurt to the public.

For more information on Orange Leaf Tewksbury visit them on Facebook. 





jon ron August 16, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The Pushcart has self serve frozen yogurt with all the toppings at a great price plus make your own salad bar, soups and sandwiches and is run by a local family . Good luck to Orange Leaf hope that dont go the same route as Polo Loco .
Becca Bell August 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I feel really bad saying it, but I recently tried Pushcart's frozen yogurt and it was almost inedible...and I'm not a fro-yo snob. The stuff was baaaaaad. But, hey, try it and decide for yourself. It's just my opinion. Needless to say, I am thrilled about Orange Leaf!!!
john T August 16, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Better get your Orange leaf thrill in quick , it will go the way of all the other businesses that have died or moved out of that strip mall. Maybe the should have called it Orange Loco or Polo Leaf.
john T August 16, 2012 at 04:04 PM
You just know that's a person involved with Orange Leaf to make a comment like that
Pam August 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I wish both the Pushcart and Orange Leaf all the best!!
Ken Mackey August 16, 2012 at 06:10 PM
As you know John starting a business is never easy. Hopefully we will last longer than El Plol Loco but you never know in business. Our goal is to provide a great product to the people of Tewksbury with a great atmosphere. As a business owner I could only hope to have the same success as the Pushcart has in Tewksbury all these years. I have eaten at the Pushcart many times and have always enjoyed it. I wish them nothing but continued success.
John jones August 16, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Hey Jon don't know why you would want a business in the town to fail as you apparently do. It's success means more money for the town and jobs for kids. Don't even know why people are comparing it with pushcart. It's apples and oranges. Does the pushcart have 16 different flavors and all the toppings. Actually orange leaf has more than 16 flavors, I believe it's actually 30. 16 at a time. Although its a national chain it's local owners. So why would you want them to succeed.
John jones August 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Oh and does pushcart have a rewards card like orange leaf does?
Janellen27 August 16, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I have had really bad experiences with The Pushcart, unfortunately. Would be really nice to be able to count on a service like that.
Janellen27 August 16, 2012 at 07:09 PM
KEN: I wish you the best with the new business. Franchises are not easy, by any stretch, and I hope you make money for yourselves--not just the owners of the company.
denise August 16, 2012 at 07:44 PM
It is not like the businesses are next to each other....I wish both businesses Good Luck! I think there is room in this town for both!
brian August 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
its great to have any new business in town wish all best
Karyn August 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Opposite ends of Town....different "main" product...room for both to individually succeed. Pushcart already has, best of luck to Orange Leaf! It's a win-win for our Town. :)
Bob T August 16, 2012 at 08:38 PM
they have happy hour and lower prices and the people that own it actually work there.
John jones August 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Bob if you read the articles on orange leaf you would know that the owners of the Tewksbury orange leaf will be working there. Also agree with Karyn. Totally different market they r going after. People aren't going to orange leaf for salads and sandwiches so they shouldn't feel threatened, which they apparently do. And as far as prices go pushcart isn't that cheap.
Ronald August 17, 2012 at 06:04 AM
People always have to be negative. Good luck to orange Leaf. Just remember, You didn't build that on your own! Somebody else did that for you. Vote Mitt Romney
Joe Bill August 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Ken hopefully you don't accept EBT cards. Kidding...best of luck!
erin August 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Congratulations a new quality company in town and new job's."welcome".as for the negitive comments wow way to go with supporting your community, that left a bad taste in my mouth.I will have no problem driving from south Tewksbury to give orange leaf my business. And my family no longer the other.Yes it's a chain which also=quality control and high product standards.i just read up on the company and I look. forward to being a customer....
John Twocents August 17, 2012 at 03:23 PM
You people are all so negative. Although other businesses have not succeeded in this location, I think Orange Leaf will be very successful. As a frequent customer of the Orange Leaf in Andover, i know people from all over the Merrimack Valley travel to Andover just for frozen yogurt. Now this new Tewksbury location will be closer for them and this will become their new Orange Leaf store. I dont know why you people are worried about the Pushcart losing business, those two businesses are in no way related to each other at all. The only business that should feel threatened by the opening of this new Orange Leaf is the other Orange Leaf in Andover!
erin August 17, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Well said John
SD From T-Bury August 17, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I wish the new business owners the best of luck! I've been enjoying the Andover location, so it'll be nice to have one here in Tewksbury. I have always liked Pushcart and go to them as well. Their soups and sandwiches are AMAZING! Haven't tried Pushcart's frozen yogurt yet, but will. I wish both businesses the best of luck in Tewksbury! With all of the different pizza parlors and ice cream vendors in town doing okay co-existing, I think 2 fro-yo options in Tewksbury clear across town from each other is a non-issue and people need to stop with the ridiculous criticism. Would you rather see empty storefronts?
Karyn August 17, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Exactly! Plus with all the negativity, I hope people are noticing that there HAS been 'some' progress of late in filling some of those empty spaces. We have Jon Ryan's Pub, Anthony's, and soon al Fresca (sp.?) and Angelina's. Think positive and patronize these new businesses and welcome additions to our community!
Ronald August 17, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Maybe we would get more business in town if the planning board didn't make these companies stand on their heads to get their stores open?! we need more businesses like this one to improve our town. All the places in our town that look nice are because of private business.
Cathy J. August 17, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I wish Orange Leaf success - we need more than liquor stores, pizza places and nail salons in town. That said, I do wish OL would produce a product or an option that is healthier. I read the ingredients list of a number of flavors and they're full of food dyes, artificial flavors, preservatives, etc. Flavors like Lemon, Key LIme, Mango and Orange to name a few contain FD&C #5. About that dye I found this online: "The food dye that's generated the most controversy is Yellow Dye #5, Tatrazine. Yellow 5 has been demonstrated to provoke an allergic reaction in some people and there are FDA regulations that require all prescription medications to post a notice if they are formulated with Yellow 5." I may stop by once in a great while, but I'll have to stick to my store bought frozen yogurt that's mostly all natural. I don't understand why it's so difficult to produce a product that is wholesome and natural? Especially ice cream or frozen yogurt. The concern for spoilage I imagine would be low, considering the state it's in, so why all the preservatives? And if my lemon flavor is white, who cares? I don't need the dyes to make it yellow. These things are not good for a child's growing body.
Janellen27 August 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM
JohnTwocents: Don't worry about Andover's business being cut. Andover residents will still have their own Orange Leaf, and as far as Tewksbury residents go, all but a handfull of us don't seem to know how to get to Andover. Lowell, yes. Billerica, yes. Wilmington, yes. Andover, no.
Janellen27 August 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Cathy: Thanks for doing that research. Unfortunately, that takes the shine right off the apple, so to speak, doesn't it! I do not understand why companies will want to market a new product that is supposedly "healthy" or "natural" and then go and sneak all the crap in it that is bad for our health. It's just so contradictory and self-defeating, all the deception! They use focus groups and other marketing tools, but in the end, wind up far from where the initial "wish" was. I agree, white lemon yogurt (or whatever) is fine with me, too! Maybe Mackey can take concerns such as yours to the owners and maybe, collectively, can bring about these little changes that mean so much.
Jodi August 20, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I went to Orange Leaf with my family last night and we all loved it! Thanks for bringing it to town and best of luck!!
Brooke August 26, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Agreed, I LOVE fro-yo and was excited when Pushcart started offering it again, but one time was enough. It wasn't good, at all. Orange Leaf is FANTASTIC and I'm glad I won't have to go to Andover any more to get it! I hope it lasts here, but seeing as its Tewksbury I won't hold my breath :/


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