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GoFroyo will move into the new retail strip taking the spot of China South

The first tenant in the new retail strip that will replace the China South restaurant has been announced: GoFroyo, a Spokane-based frozen yogurt seller, will take one of the end-cap locations. (End-cap means at the far left or far right bay of the strip, which could number up to six spots.)

Nancy Chen, GoFroyo's managing member, said GoFroyo is eager to move into the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center. She said a goal is to get inside the new building by the end of the year to finish store counters and install a floor. They hope to open in January or February at the latest.

While there is a Baskin-Robbins on one end and a Coldstone Creamery on the other end of Lincoln Heights, self-serve froyo stores that let consumers mix and match their own flavors are distinct enough to compete, Chen said. "Frozen yogurt is a healthier choice, in general, for many people," she said.

GoFroyo will open its first store at Spokane Valley Plaza, in front of the Wal-Mart store. The second GoFroyo location, due to open in November, will be at the Nevada Towers Retail Center, near the Albertsons store at 6704 N. Nevada.

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