2017 News

A Change in Tune: HS Music Teacher Joins TSC

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We are excited to welcome John Wickey on board as our newest Franchise Owner. Before choosing to franchise with Tropical Smoothie Cafe, John was a high school music teacher. With his recently opened Cafe, located at 1118 Woodruff Road, Suite B in Greenville, SC, he is focusing on aggressively marketing the location. Though he doesn’t have a background in restaurants, his time as a teacher will help him mentor and motivate his Cafe staff. As a Tropical Smoothie brand fan,…

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Existing Franchisee Adds Bentonville Location

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Mike and Heather Philip are no strangers to franchising with multiple brands under their belt! With their success as multi-unit Franchise Owners, they have now opened a fourth Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in Bentonville, Arkansas at 805 South Walton Blvd., Suite 119. Not slowing down, they have already signed agreements for two additional Cafes in the near future. We love to see our Franchise Owners happy and growing with the brand.

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Owner Relies on Franchise Process

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Jeff Walker is a busy business professional, but owning a company with four retail locations in the Charleston market didn’t keep him from adding a Tropical Smoothie franchise to his portfolio. Drawn to the franchise opportunity because of its exceptional proven processes, he is excited to get started running his Cafes! He is looking to develop locations in Mt. Pleasant and has opened his first Cafe at 1787 Shell Ring Circle.

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10-Pack Deal Grows North Carolina Cafe Counts

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John Agori and Mark Rein recently signed a 10-pack deal with Tropical Smoothie Cafe. John’s family will be helping with operations and his brother is running the day-to-day of the Cafe. If all goes according to plan, they hope to have all 10 Cafes open within 3 years. North Carolina should buckle up for the tropical goodness to come!

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Experienced Franchisees Continue to Add Florida Locations

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Cesar Batista and Karina Cabellero are adding their fifth and sixth Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in the Pembroke Pines area of Florida. Thrilled with the success of their first four Cafes, the duo has placed a strong emphasis on finding the best locations and markets to meet demand in the Florida area. Their newest Cafe has opened at 756 NW 170th Terrace and they plan to open their next location as soon as they find a location. We are excited to…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs Franchise Agreement to Open 20 New Locations in Texas

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

  Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it signed a franchise development agreement with Glen Johnson to expand the brand’s presence throughout the state of Texas. Johnson will be opening 20 new cafes, the first of which opened earlier this month in Lubbock, Texas. “Glen Johnson has been an integral part Tropical Smoothie’s continued success and franchise development since signing his first agreement in…

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Multi-Unit Foodservice Franchisee Joins TSC

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Franchise Owner Joseph Ford has joined Tropical Smoothie Cafe to diversify his foodservice franchise portfolio. The newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in Novi, Michigan, is the first of his six Cafes to open, and he’s looking forward to his second location hitting the market in South Lyon, Michigan. Welcome to the team, Joseph! We’re excited you’ve chosen Tropical Smoothie Cafe as the second concept and first smoothie franchise in your portfolio.   Visit Joseph Ford’s 1st Tropical Smoothie Cafe: 48975…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Opens Michigan’s 50th Location

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual Cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it will open the state’s 50th location in Portage on March 4. This restaurant, located at 230 W. Milham Ave., will mark the second location in the region for husband-and-wife franchisees Eduardo Ramos and Corina Groeger, as well as a milestone achievement for area developers Craig and Dianne LeMieux, and Debbie King, who have successfully helped to expand…

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Menu & Cafe Design Inspire Couple to Franchise

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Clement and Jacqueline Troutman have joined Tropical Smoothie Cafe as our newest franchisees in Maryland! The pair were introduced to the brand years ago. Not only did they enjoy the healthy menu items and vibrant Cafe design, but they were drawn into the idea of owning their own location because of the concept’s simplified business model, which is perfect for those without prior restaurant experience. With the help of their daughter Jocelyn, who will be a Cafe manager, the Troutmans are…

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Multi-Unit Owner Adds Cafe in Michigan

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Our newest Michigan Tropical Smoothie Cafe is in Fraser — 34521 Utica Road. This is Franchise Owner Paul Dudgeon’s 7th Cafe and he has three more on the horizon. With a huge dedication to the brand, he’s excited to make Tropical Smoothie Cafe more accessible to more people across the state, and we’re excited to watch his Tropical Smoothie Cafe empire grow!

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Family Opens Cafes in Tennessee

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Congratulations to Jason, Jody, Amy and Raquel Willeman! With immense excitement about the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand, they have opened their first two locations in Afton and Farragut. But this is just the beginning! With their extensive experience running a full-service family restaurant and managing teams, they have future plans to continue growing with TSC.   AFTON 230 Keller Rd. Afton, TN 37616   FARRAGUT 119 Lovell Road Farragut, TN 37934

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550th Cafe Opens in Oklahoma

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is proud to open its 550th Cafe with Franchise Owners Amish, Rakesh and Rohit Patel. With 35+ collective years in the franchising industry, owning a number of hospitality franchise locations, and having background in software development, the Patels are prepared to run their first of many Tropical Smoothie Cafes. This team is looking forward to opening 4 additional Cafes in the future, and Rohit Patel has committed to an additional 3 Cafes in Kansas and Alabama. We are…

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Economic Good News Spurred by Growth in the Franchise Industry

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

For years, franchise industry professionals have touted the important role franchise businesses play in the overall U.S. economy. A recent article from the International Franchise Association (IFA), published in Nation’s Restaurant News, proves their case with very strong numbers. The article predicts that the franchise sector will grow to $710B in 2017, led by growth in the franchised restaurant segment. Restaurants represent the largest number of franchise businesses in the U.S. “Franchising is an American success story,” IFA president and…

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Area Developer Opens 3rd Location

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is proud to announce another Cafe opening! Existing Franchise Owner and Area Developer Kimberly Rego’s newest Cafe has opened in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This is the third location she has added to her portfolio since becoming a die-hard brand fan in 2007 and joining the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team. And she’s even more excited to dive into real estate selection on her fourth Cafe! We can’t wait to celebrate another one of her Cafe’s grand opening…

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Texas Brand Fans Open First Cafe in Fort Worth

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Congratulations to Franchise Owners Vivek and Heena Ajbani on the opening of their Cafe in Fort Worth, Texas! Vivek and Heena have been watching the growth of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand for several years as they became brand fans and were interested in exploring Tropical Smoothie Cafe as a business venture. While this Fort Worth location is their first, they have a goal of becoming multi-unit owner/operators. We are excited to grow with them!   Visit their location: 2700…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Achieves Significant Growth and Nationwide Expansion in 2016

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  Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it reported positive comp sales of 4 percent in 2016, resulting in comp sales exceeding 26 percent over the last three years. The award-winning food and smoothie franchise also signed franchise agreements to develop more than 160 new Cafes across the U.S. and closed out the year with 86 new restaurant openings, expanding the brand’s presence in…

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Multi-Unit Owner Opens 3rd Location in Grand Rapids

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Congratulations to Libby McDonald on her newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe location! With prior experience as a restaurant business consultant, Libby was intrigued by the better-for-you menu and simple business model that Tropical Smoothie Cafe brings to the table for its Franchise Owners. Wanting to get in on the action, she joined the TSC family in 2012 with a Cafe in Grand Rapids and quickly expanded her portfolio with the addition of another Grand Rapids Cafe in 2014. Now, with a…

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Michigan Multi-Unit Franchisees Open 3rd Cafe

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Ruth and David Buko are tried and true multi-unit franchisees with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family. By trade, Ruth is an attorney and David is a sales executive. In addition to these careers, the Bukos already operate two successful Cafes in Michigan, their first in 2012 on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing and the second in 2014 on State Street in Saginaw. A third Cafe on W. Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing is a welcomed addition to their Cafe…

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Experienced Franchisees Choose Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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Varco Franchise, LLC is part of a large firm that owns numerous retail centers, a construction firm, an insurance franchise company, and most recently, two Tropical Smoothie Cafes. A natural fit to incorporate into their existing retail centers, their first two Texas Cafes are in Brownsville (3230 Pablo Kisel Blvd.) and South Padre Island (410 Padre Blvd.). Not stopping there, the franchise group has plans for further development. Welcome aboard!

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Father-Son Duo Opens Newest Pennsylvania Cafe

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Father-son duo, Rick and Brad Evans, are far from newbies to the restaurant industry. Rick’s dad owned a restaurant for 40 years and grew up working there. His son Brad has been in the business for 17 years, running a family restaurant in Maryland for 7 years, and working in an array of other restaurants for 10. We are excited to have them put their valuable restaurant experience towards becoming Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners. The newest Cafe is now open…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Celebrates 250+ Spot Leap on Entrepreneur 500 Listing

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

Entrepreneur recently released their 38th annual listing of the best of the best franchise brands, the Entrepreneur Franchise 500. With a formula based on everything from financial strength and stability to growth and social media presence, they take into account a wide variety of factors to narrow down the top 500. In an industry crowded with competition, it’s an honor to make the list and be recognized for a franchise system that is not only working, but excelling. Tropical Smoothie…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Up 9 Spots on Fast & Serious List

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  Annually, Franchise Times releases their list of Fast & Serious franchise brands and Tropical Smoothie Cafe has landed a coveted spot for the third year in a row. Recognizing the smartest-growing brands in the industry, the brand soared up to #25, 9 rankings higher than last year. Known to many as a smoothie brand, the article highlights the food offerings of Tropical Smoothie Cafe like tacos and noodle bowls. The food menu represents around 40% of the brand’s sales,…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner Adds to His 20+ Locations

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Tropical Smoothie is excited to announce that Franchise Owner Glen Johnson has added Tulsa, Oklahoma and Lubbock, Texas locations to his 20+ existing Cafe portfolio. Proving his success with and commitment to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand, Glen was previously awarded Franchisee of the Year and we are thrilled to see his continued growth. Congratulations, Glen!

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