Jamba Juice Company is a restaurant retailer headquartered in Frisco, Texas, with over 800 locations operating in 26 states, the Bahamas, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Taiwan, and South Korea. There are approximately 287 company-owned locations and 517 franchise-operated stores in the United States of America, in addition to the 45 international stores. Before the creation of the company, Jamba Juice was a "senior project" completed by Kirk Perron at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Jamba Juice was conceived and founded in March 31, 1990 by Kirk Perron, an avid cyclist and healthy-lifestyle advocate who opened his first store in San Luis Obispo, California. He was joined in the business by three friends: Kevin Peters, Joe Vergara, and Linda Ozawa Olds. It was incorporated in 1990 as Juice Club, Inc. in San Luis Obispo. Jamba Juice acquired all nationwide Zuka Juice, Inc. stores in October 2000. Zuka Juice was founded in Orem, Utah, by Dave Duffin and also was a prominent smoothie company at the time. Since then, Jamba Juice has expanded to become a well known smoothie chain. The first location in New York was at Columbus Circle and 59th Street in the basement of the Time Warner Center and is part of the Whole Foods Market seating area. Other locations include one south of Union Square, Times Square, Tribeca, and one in the Port Authority Bus Terminal.