Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Student Takes a Lick at Ice Cream Store

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

College Student Takes a Lick at Ice Cream Store

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Byline: Moshay Simpson, Times-Union business writer

While many college students are busy working summer jobs, 19-year-old Joy Lee is busy this summer running her business.

The soon-to-be Jacksonville University sophomore just opened her store, Ice Cream Churn, on the first floor of The Jacksonville Landing where Haagen Dazs used to be. She said she has wanted to own an ice cream shop ever since she worked at a Baskin Robbins in St. John's Bluff when she was 16. Since then, she said she has been asking her parents to help her buy a store.

Lee, who graduated from University Christian School and majors in music at Jacksonville University, came to the city from Korea with her family 10 years ago.

She said she has been looking for an ideal location to set up shop for a year. She happened upon the vacant Haagen Dazs while eating lunch at the Landing and knew it was just the spot. John Kiddy, the Landing's general manager, said Haagen Dazs closed because of problems between the store owner and the franchise.

Lee said she picked the Ice Cream Churn franchise, which originated in Byron, Ga., because it would be the only one in greater Jacksonville.

Lee may have picked the right industry to dip into. Jacksonville ranked among the top 30 cities in the country in supermarket ice cream consumption per capita. Chances appear good that such consumerism could bode well for ice cream shops like hers. Lee said she'll work at the shop for the rest of the summer and hire another worker when she returns to school in the fall.

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