Lafayette-based Planet Nutrition, which sells smoothies and nutritional supplements, plans to open a location in mid-December near the Perkins Road-Bluebonnet Boulevard intersection.

A permit was applied for Tuesday to build out a 1,250-square-foot space at 9065 Perkins Road for Planet Nutrition. The 14-year-old business has two locations in Lafayette, along with stores in Broussard, Youngsville, New Iberia, Lake Charles, Sulphur and Abbeville. Locations are in the works for Crowley and Deridder.

Karl Lawrence and Daniel Lawrence have the franchise rights for Planet Nutrition in Baton Rouge and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Karl Lawrence will be the owner/operator of the Perkins location, while his cousin Daniel will handle things in Hattiesburg.

“We’re going to sell supplements for overall health and fitness, along with catering to hardcore athletes and bodybuilders,” Karl Lawrence said.

Lawrence said he plans to open five to eight Planet Nutrition locations in metro Baton Rouge, and eventually open locations near the LSU campus and in Prairieville. “I’m starting to really, really learn the city,” he said. The eventual goal is to open up Planet Nutrition stores along the Interstate 10/12/55/59 corridor with stores in Slidell, Covington and Hammond.