Red Mango is expanding to Uruguay, opening its first location Dec. 19 in Montevideo. The growth is part of a five-store agreement with area developer Zacoxen, S.A., and marks the first introduction of Red Mango in South America.

"Our entry into South America welcomes a new chapter in the rapid expansion of our brand," said Miguel Foegal, president of Red Mango. "We are taking Red Mango to an exciting region that is ripe with opportunity."

Zacoxen, an experienced area developer in Uruguay that operates several Curves fitness franchise locations, was drawn to the essence of the Red Mango brand and the healthy aspect of the award-winning menu, according to Paula Lopez, managing partner for Zacoxen and a resident in Montevideo. She runs the business with her husband, Daniel Soroa, and her sisters, Pamela and Patricia Lopez. They were looking for the next successful investment when Patricia Lopez, who works in New York, introduced them to the concept that had begun adding locations throughout the city and across the U.S.

"One taste and we were convinced we had to bring Red Mango to Uruguay," Lopez said.

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