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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens Milestone 400th Location

. Posted in 2014 News

Tropical Smoothie Café, known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, has opened its 400th location in Toledo, Ohio, a milestone that underscores the franchise’s rapid growth and solidifies the brand as a leader in the fast-casual industry. Tropical Smoothie Café has opened 40 new locations thus far this year and expects to open 70 by year’s end, an average of more than one per week. The expansion has been fueled by the company’s strong same-store sales increases…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Lending Directly

. Posted in 2014 News

Diane Schullstrom and Lance Albers have good timing. Albers owned a Tropical Smoothie Café location in Melbourne, Florida. Schullstrom, his girlfriend, began working there part-time while she went back to school. She began running the store, and the two became business partners. And then they decided the best way to succeed in the food business is to run multiple locations, so they began to look for financing to open a second unit last year. That was about the time the…

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Franchise Owners already benefiting from Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Franchisee Financing Program

. Posted in 2014 News, Success Stories

Lance Albers opened his first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in 2007. Diana Schullstrom joined him in 2012, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from her experience as a Regional Manager for a national retail chain. Together, they helped the business grow with Diana’s customer service background helping drive the business. When they decided to open a second location, they turned to Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Franchise Financing Program to help them fund it. Without the loan, they would not have been…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Commits 20 Million for Franchisee Financing

. Posted in 2014 News

The Franchisee Financing Program provides qualified existing Franchise Owners with loans to cover 80 percent of store development costs, including franchise fees, equipment, signage and other expenses related to opening. The company has already approved more than $2.5 million through the program. In June, the first two cafes opened under the program, one in Melbourne, FL, and the other in Syosset, NY. “Our same-store sales and store openings continue to grow, which shows consumers love our brand,” said Tropical Smoothie…

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Everette Brown: From the NFL to a food franchise

. Posted in 2014 News, Success Stories

National Football League defensive end Everette Brown is quick on his feet, a formidable defender and a fierce competitor. Now he’s learning how to position himself as a winning small-business owner. Brown, who opened the Charlotte area’s first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in November last year, will be part of a panel during ShopTalk’s upcoming breakfast event Tuesday, “Franchises: Picking the right one for you,” which will discuss what’s involved in taking this route to small-business ownership. Other panelists include: TCBY franchise…

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