Story by: Emme Longman, staff writer
Photos by: Mackenzie Carpenter, Photography Editor
The Orange Leaf franchise was recently sued by Patel, an Oklahoma City-based franchise, for about $33 million dollars for not paying their rent lease. The Orange Leafs that are located in shopping malls have to pay the monthly rent of anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000.
The franchise is in court right now, but the Orange Leaf stores in Indiana were not closed for bankruptcy. Three Indiana buildings were closed without warning for “personal reasons.” The corporate office says they plan to reopen in the “very near future.”
“They need to get out of their lawsuit because the joy and happiness of having orange leaf is not justified by not being able to have it,” said Ava Hampton, 9.
The closing is unfortunate because Orange Leaf was a place where people could have dessert that had 4 grams of sugar per serving rather than the 7 grams of sugar per serving in ice cream, which is better for people’s health.
Now, all the children who live in Carmel, Fishers, Muncie, and Noblesville will no longer have the flavor of Orange Leaf frozen yogurt close to home.