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Navy veteran looks to the horizon as his Tropical Smoothie Cafe businesses grow

. Posted in 2017 News

Rylan Miller is 7,327 miles from his Tropical Smoothie Cafe location but it is never far from his mind. Although he has spent the last six months in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, working as a contractor, he has 2 Cafes open in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With plans already in the works to open additional locations in the area, his “empire” will eventually include 5 Tropical Smoothie Cafes. And he, his wife, and his team are just getting started. “We…

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Owners Open Fourth Cafe in Southfield

. Posted in 2017 News

Longstanding partners Craig LeMieux, Dianne LeMieux & Joe Dwyer are opening their fourth Tropical Smoothie Cafe together on Evergreen Road in Southfield, Michigan. As operating partner, Joe Dwyer oversees every aspect of his Cafes to great success. Joe contributes much of his success to his team building efforts inside each of the cafes. Recognizing that training is key and training never stops!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Helps Kids Eat Their Vegetables

. Posted in 2017 News

The “eat your vegetables” adage may be old, but the way kids are meeting their daily fruit and vegetable quotas is new, thanks to Tropical Smoothie Cafe. The brand’s chef, Lake Dawson, was recently featured on a Houston Life segment about how their smoothies help kids have healthier snacking habits without them even realizing it. Depending on their age, kids need 1-3 cups per day of vegetables, but few seem to reach this goal. In the Houston area alone, only 50%…

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Technology Helps Tropical Smoothie Cafe Stay Smart

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

Many people would agree that Senior Business Intelligence Analyst sounds like an impressive title, but explaining why may be a more complicated task. Simply put, they absorb data and use it to the benefit of a business. Whether determining the success of a promotion or helping to create best practices, data can help a business understands what works, what doesn’t, and how to be efficient with planning and spending. This is particularly important in the crowded franchise industry. With 781,991…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Dream Team Uses Digital to Build Brand Loyalty

. Posted in 2017 News

Millennials are expected to comprise 75% of the entire U.S. workforce by 2025*. Marketing effectively to this group with their technological prowess and demand for convenience is a challenge for many brands. But, not for Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Recognizing the wave of change with these engaged millennials, they have assembled a Digital Experience Team. Two members of this team are Paula Rotondo and Kira McCabe. Together, they have experience in Marketing, Business, Social Media, Email Marketing, Production, and Reporting, making…

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Syrian Immigrant Finds American Dream with Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2017 News

Oubab Khalil is the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner with his first location in Mount Vernon Triangle in Washington, D.C. Originally from Syria, Oubab immigrated to the United States to join his wife as she studied for her Masters. Having been a lawyer in Syria, he was no longer able to practice once he got here and needed to explore a new career. He worked in multiple Arkansas restaurants before relocating to D.C. in 2013. He took every opportunity…

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Area Developer Heads West to Las Vegas

. Posted in 2017 News

A Tropical Smoothie Cafe area developer in Connecticut, Mark Lukachko went west when choosing where to open his franchise location. Settling on Las Vegas, Nevada, he just signed his lease and plans to open his Cafe by the end of this year.

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East Dearborn Cafe Opens Today

. Posted in 2017 News

Hicham Bazzi joins the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family with the opening of his first store in east Dearborn, MI.  Born in Lebanon, Bazzi came to the United States as a seven-year-old refugee, and has lived in the Dearborn community every since.  Having worked for Ford Motor Company over the last 25 years, Bazzi is overjoyed to open his own Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the place he calls home. Later this summer, Bazzi will open his second Tropical Smoothie Cafe in…

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Accountant Chooses Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Pinole

. Posted in 2017 News

As an accountant, Gary Wagner didn’t take number crunching lightly while researching brands to franchise with. Ultimately he chose Tropical Smoothie Cafe and has become passionate about the brand and it’s potential. He opened the newest Cafe in Pinole, California. Gary will be owner-operator of the location, but has hired an assistant manager for the time being, as he will also be staying in his current job.  

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Savvy Businesswoman Chooses Franchising

. Posted in 2017 News

Michelle Parsons is extremely excited to open her first Cafe in Findlay, Ohio today. Joining the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family with an extensive business background, Michelle brings in-depth familiarity with franchise operations. In the near future, Michelle will open her second Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the Fremont, Ohio area.

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Smoothies in Shenandoah

. Posted in 2017 News

Father-Daughter Duo, Vanessa Boles and Paul Davis are the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe owners in Shenandoah, Texas. Vanessa will be the primary operator, running the Cafe day-to-day. Paul has experience as an executive at a food brand and Vanessa has a marketing background. They are both excited to bring healthier options to the Shenandoah community and are committed to training and following the proven systems of Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s franchise system. They believe in the brand so much that they…

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Loxahatchee Owners Bring Business Experience and Brand Passion

. Posted in 2017 News

Extensive food and entertainment business experience brought James and Joretta Spafford to franchising but a passion for the brand led them to Tropical Smoothie Cafe. They are excited to open a location in Loxahatchee, Florida. Jim will be a hands on owner operator for at least the first 6 months at which time they plan to expand with additional locations.  

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Destin Franchise Owner Keeping Things Tropical

. Posted in 2017 News

Having previously worked at a golf & beach resort and as the owner of a snow cone business, Adam Alfonso is keeping things Tropical as our newest Florida Franchise Owner. He has experience managing 60+ employees which will help him as the owner operator of the new Destin Cafe.

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Experienced Franchise Owners Open Florida Cafes

. Posted in 2017 News

Raymond Howell, Ashley Payne, and Joy Howell are the owner-operators of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Sarasota, Florida which opened in the Spring of this year. They are experienced Franchise Owners with thirteen locations in operation and the rights to more in the Sarasota area. Raymond opened another Cafe in Fort Meyers with his son, Andrew Howell. We’re excited to have them as a part of Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

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Cafe Opens in Howell, Michigan

. Posted in 2017 News

Brothers James and Mark White, along with partner Mark Micelli are the proud owners of the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Howell, Michigan.  Having been in the restaurant industry as owner/operators for over a decade, the Whites & Micelli partnership joins the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family with in-depth experience.  Excited to open their first cafe, the Whites will also be opening another Cafe in Commerce Twp, Michigan in late May.

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Food Service Pros Sign for 6-Pack

. Posted in 2017 News

Before choosing to franchise with Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Bill Ruby and Greg Powell did a ton of due diligence. Their research and evaluation of the brand made them confident to move forward and sign a 6-pack. With their wide range of franchise and restaurant  experience in tow, they opened their first Cafe in Simpsonville, SC where they are owner-operators. They hired a manager to run their second Cafe that opened in Greenville, SC and will continue to hire managers for…

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Proven Track Record Continues with Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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With a proven track record from owning his own business for 20+ years, Rick Stokes knows the makings of a successful company. After thoroughly investigating various franchises, he landed on Tropical Smoothie Cafe. He believes Tropical Smoothie Cafe offers an extremely sound franchise opportunity that fits perfectly with his future goals. Congratulations to him on the opening of his Cafe in Ortonville, MI!

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Corbin Family Chooses Tropical Smoothie Cafe over Competition

. Posted in 2017 News

The Corbin family was just about to sign on the dotted line to begin franchising with another smoothie brand when they heard about Tropical Smoothie Cafe. In no time at all, they fell in love with the flavor, quality, culture, and values of Tropical Smoothie Cafe and opened their first cafe in Rocklin, California. Inspired by their late daughter who was passionate about health, they are pursuing this in her honor. Committed to following the franchise model and having best…

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Corporate Foodservice Professional Becomes Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owner

. Posted in 2017 News

Mike Shattuck has spent 43+ years in the foodservice industry. Holding titles from consultant to President, he has worked with franchisor teams and has run international franchise operations. Wanting to focus more on leadership and team development, he turned to franchising. While starting his own concept would have provided the freedom from corporate America he was looking for, he believed in the power of a franchise system to drive the development of a brand. Prioritizing great product, strong positioning, and…

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Staci Lastinger Builds Lasting Relationships during Grand Openings

. Posted in 2017 News

There’s a lot that happens between being awarded a franchise and opening your doors to the public. While many franchise brands offer build-out and construction assistance to their Franchise Owners, Tropical Smoothie Cafe goes one step further by having a dedicated team to assist in Grand Opening and first year efforts. Meet Staci Lastinger. Staci previously worked on an eCommerce team, helping with marketing and eMarketing, followed by a short stint in eCommerce recruiting. Next, she joined Tropical Smoothie Cafe…

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A Change in Tune: HS Music Teacher Joins TSC

. Posted in 2017 News

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

. Posted in 2017 News

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

. Posted in 2017 News

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

. Posted in 2017 News

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

. Posted in 2017 News

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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Experienced Franchisees Choose Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2017 News

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

. Posted in 2017 News

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

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

  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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Experienced Franchise Owner Opens 8th Location

. Posted in 2016 News

Paul Dudgeon is an old pro at opening Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations and he should be, as he’s done it 7 times before. His newest location is in St. Clair Shores, Michigan at 30114 Harper Avenue. Not slowing down, he has plans to open several others, 11 to be exact. Congratulations to Paul on his continued growth and expansion!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner Adds to His 20+ Locations

. Posted in 2017 News

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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Franchise Renaissance Woman Opens Kennesaw Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

With over 30 years of experience in the franchise industry, Debbie Pike has been involved in most facets of the business. Bringing her experience as a franchisor, franchisee, consultant, and CMO for a major food brand, we are thrilled she’s chosen Tropical Smoothie Cafe for her next venture. Debbie and her husband, James, along with Meghan Cook opened their Cafe in Kennesaw, Georgia. The newest location at 777 Townpark Lane, Suite 112 marks the 540th location for Tropical Smoothie Cafe.…

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Multi-Unit Owner Joins Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations to the newest Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owners, Salem Najjar and John Abuaita. Salem is a multi-unit owner with management and ownership experience with several types of businesses (from gas stations to restaurants) and a background in commercial real estate. Visit the newest Cafe in Plymouth, Michigan (41544 Ann Arbor Road).

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Titusville Goes Tropical

. Posted in 2016 News

Existing Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owner Jacqueline Li has partnered with Thomas Chow to open a new Cafe in the Titusville, Florida area. Thomas will be a hands-on owner-operator for his first location and will hire managers to help him run additional Cafes down the road. Swing by the new location (3045 Columbia Blvd., Titusville 32780) to welcome Thomas and Jacqueline.

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Brand Fans Open First Cafe in South Dakota

. Posted in 2016 News

Jason and Megan McCulley are long time brand fans of Tropical Smoothie Cafe and have decided to make it official as the brand’s newest Franchise Owners. Though they live in the Las Vegas market, they operate a zip line business in Rapid City, SD and have decided to open their Cafe there. The location is in a “place to be” neighborhood and marks a notable accomplishment for the brand, bringing the first location to South Dakota and raising the tally…

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Florida Franchise Owners Add Third Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

With two Florida Cafes under their belt, Jim Welzer and Sandra Ramirez recently added a third location in Plantation, Florida. Early on, Sandra will be the main operator of the new location, but will look to hire managers to help run the day-to-day operations down the road. Congratulations to Jim and Sandra on their newest location – third time is the charm!

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Experienced Restaurateurs Choose Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

Kathleen Turetzky and Kenneth Patton IV have broad experience in the foodservice and restaurant industry. From waiting tables to managing a bar, they’ve developed strong skills in both management and business. They’ll be putting these skills to use with their newest venture of becoming Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners. Congratulations! Stop by their location to grab a smoothie and welcome them to Ann Arbor-3400 Washtenaw Ave.

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Franchise Owners Open Two Cafes in Buckhead

. Posted in 2016 News

Cuyler and Diane Esposito knew they wanted to become Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owners, but choosing a market didn’t come as easily. Originally hoping to open in the Kennesaw area, they found out another Franchise Owner had already signed a 10-pack deal there. Back to the drawing board and more determined than ever, they set their sites on Buckhead, Atlanta where they signed agreements to open two locations. Both Cuyler and Diane have backgrounds in management which, when paired with the…

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Multi-Unit Wonder Woman Chooses Tropical Smoothie Cafe for Her Next Venture

. Posted in 2016 News

Emily Harrington has long been seen as a trailblazer in the franchise and foodservice industry. Turning to franchising after serving as a Signal Corps Officer in the U.S. Army, she built her empire of 42 successful Hardee’s restaurants. Now, we are excited to announce that Harrington’s next venture is with Tropical Smoothie Cafe, signing franchise agreements to expand the Tampa market. She purchased two existing Cafes in Tampa and will open an additional four in the area over the next…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Pledges Support for Veterans at Marine Corps Marathon

. Posted in 2016 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe would like to congratulate all the runners at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (MCM)! Marking the fourth year of sponsoring the event, Tropical Smoothie was proud to support the marathoners and fuel them with smoothies. Helping people live a healthy life is a core pillar of the brand, making this event particularly fitting. MCM is held annually in Arlington, Virginia and crosses over into Washington D.C. The marathon’s mission is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill,…

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