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Seven Steps to opening a Tropical Smoothie Cafe

    • Step 1: Pre-Qualification

      A Tropical Smoothie Cafe (TSC) Franchise Development Representative will contact you to discuss critical areas associated with becoming a Franchise Owner and to answer any initial questions you may have.

    • Step 2: Franchise Application

      Our franchise application is a brief 4-page document, completed by you, that helps us get to know you, your business background and experience, financial capabilities, goals and interests, management style, etc. There is no cost associated with submitting your application and it is non-binding. It simply allows us to learn a little more about you!

    • Step 3: Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) Review/Business Planning Tools Provided

      By law, every franchisor must deliver to its prospective Franchise Owner a copy of its FDD to ensure that the Franchise Owner prospect has all the pertinent information about our company, business model and every aspect of our business relationship with our Franchise Owner. We will also provide you with business planning tools to continue your due diligence.

    • Step 4: Program Review

      Once we have all required documentation on file, your Franchise Development Representative will schedule a time with you to do a Virtual Brochure Presentation which will give you more detailed information on franchisee support, real estate procedures, design and construction process/assistance, and local and national marketing programs.  

    • Step 5: Discovery Day (optional)

      You are welcome to come to our Support Center in Atlanta, GA to meet the team in person. If this is of interest to you, your Franchise Development Representative can help you coordinate the details.

    • Step 6: Executive Committee Approval

      Once our Franchise Leadership Team has approved your application and we have all of the legally required documentation from you, we will draw up your franchise agreements.

    • Step 7: Open Your Tropical Smoothie Cafe

      Congratulations! You’re ready to open your smoothie business. Ready to start the process? Click now!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long has Tropical Smoothie Cafe been in business?

    Tropical Smoothie Cafe was founded in 1997 and we opened our first franchise location in Tallahassee, FL in 1998.

    Is it easy to operate?

    Yes. Unlike many fast food restaurant franchises, there are no grills, deep fryers, hooding systems or ovens to worry about. Instead, we focus on fresh food that is cleaned and prepared each day.

    What are the general operation hours of a Tropical Smoothie Cafe location?

    Our Cafes are open from 7am-9pm.

    How much does it cost to open a Tropical Smoothie Cafe?

    The overall investment cost range is $246,500 to $580,500.

    How many locations do you have?

    We have over 740 locations in 44 states.

    How fast is Tropical Smoothie Cafe growing?

    We currently have 740+ Cafes coast-to-coast. Our goal is to reach 1,500 Cafes by 2025.

    Do you help me find a location?

    Yes. We provide you with a recommendation for the ideal area based on our real estate model. Additionally, we have an in-house Real Estate Team and a network of local brokers that will assist you in performing a real estate site search.

    How much money can I make?

    In 2018, the top 50% of our Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchises had average gross sales of $938,500.*

    What type of square footage do you look for?

    Typically, our Cafes are between 1,400 to 1,600 square feet.

    How many employees do I need at the Cafe?

    Our Cafes usually employ 12-15 part-time employees.

    What is the franchise fee?

    The franchise fee is $30,000 for the first Cafe, $20,000 for every additional Cafe, and $15,000 for qualified veterans.

    What do I get with the franchise fee?

    This fee covers your training, plans for building out the Cafe, access to our systems, technology, operational support and more.

    How long do the franchise agreements last?

    Franchise agreements last for 15 years.

    What are the royalty fees?

    Each Cafe pays 6% toward royalty fees, 3% toward national marketing, and 2% towards local store marketing based on gross sales.

    What type of training do you provide?

    We believe in setting up our franchisees for success. We provide the following training: four-week training program, consisting of two weeks in a nearby Cafe, one week in a classroom setting at our Support Center in Atlanta, Georgia and one week onsite for your Grand Opening.

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