Cold press juices have become a popular choice for many looking for a refreshing drink that is also flavourful — and healthy.
Now, a Port Moody-owned juice bar is expanding from its Port Coquitlam beachhead to Coquitlam Centre.
Squish Juicery is expected to open in the mall in early-October, if construction goes as planned and all other requirements are met.
Co-owner Jessica Morrison told the Tri-City News that opening the juicery in the mall is a "dream come true."
Opening another store in Coquitlam Centre is an exciting moment for the two.
"We both had our first jobs at Coquitlam Centre, when we were 16, and this feels like a full circle moment for us," Jessica Morrison said.
"We are beyond excited to be joining the incredible team at Coquitlam Centre, who have worked closely with us over the past year and can’t wait to join all the other amazing businesses in the mall."
In a 2019 interview, when Squish Juicery first opened, the Morrisons told the Tri-City News that they became interested in cold pressed juice for its health benefits.
After many tries to find the perfect blends, the couple launched their product at Port Moody’s first Car-free Day in 2017.
That led them to their quest to turn their passion into a commercial venture, which includes an industrial-sized juicer that can press cases of fruits and vegetables into 30 litres of juice in 30 minutes.
Now they are expanding, keeping the original PoCo store going, except for "closing that location to the public for the first little bit, so that our incredible team can focus on making sure Coquitlam Centre delivers the exceptional experience and customer service that our community have come to know and love," Jessica said.
The Coquitlam Centre location will be offering an expanded menu with some healthy plant-based salads and snack options, Jessica added, noting that an "exciting local partnership" will be announced at the store's mall opening.
"We hope that the community loves the elevation of Squish and what we like to call Squish 2.0."
- with a file from Mario Bartel, Tri-City News