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Brand fans sign Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s 100th franchise agreement in Michigan

As Trevor and Stephanie Stange celebrate being awarded the 100th location in Michigan, Stephanie thinks back to Day one, when she first tried a smoothie at a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Florida.

“I just loved the food and smoothies so much that I encouraged my husband, Trevor, to go with me. Pretty soon we were going three or four times a week,” said Stephanie.

At the time, they were living in Florida. Trevor owned a home health care company, and Stephanie was a district manager for a women’s retailer.

When they decided to move back to Michigan to be closer to family—they have a 1-year-old daughter and one on the way—they followed their passion for the brand, did their research, and ultimately chose to buy three Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchises. Their first location in Muskegon, MI, will open in the spring of 2018. “Even though the weather isn’t as tropical as it is in Florida, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has been very successful in Michigan,” said Stephanie.

 

Beyond their love for the food, they were impressed by the culture of Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

CEO Mike Rotondo welcomes the Stanges and notes that it is obvious that they share Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s core values.

“This is a happy company. We want our kids to be part of this brand, and someday we’d like for them to take over the business,” said Trevor.

Stephanie added that she was also impressed by Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s philosophy of giving back because it aligns with Trevor’s and her core values.

“Tropical Smoothie’s work with Camp Sunshine is amazing. I definitely want to be involved with their efforts,” said Stephanie.

Learn more about franchising with Tropical Smoothie Cafe and how the culture could be just what you are looking for.

 

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