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Experienced Franchise Owner Opens 8th Location

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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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Franchise Renaissance Woman Opens Kennesaw Cafe

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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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Titusville Goes Tropical

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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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Florida Franchise Owners Add Third Cafe

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

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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

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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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Multi-Unit Owner Chooses Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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Tim O’Reilly brings a wide range of experience to his newest venture as a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner. He practiced as an attorney for 20 years, specializing in State and Federal Court, as well as real estate transactions and has developed, owned, and operated 13 hotels since 2008. With his extensive background in franchising and management, we are excited to add his expertise to our franchise system.  Tim has hired a manager to run the daily Cafe operations for…

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Navy Vet Uses Military Skills to Become a Successful Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owner

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Military Times releases an annual list of the best franchise opportunities for veterans based on company culture, performance, costs, and support offered to veterans and their families. This year, Tropical Smoothie is proud to be recognized as a 2017 Best for Vets franchise, one of only three other restaurant brands to make the list. Meet one of our veteran Franchise Owners – Kaleb Warnock.   Prior to becoming a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner, Kaleb Warnock served in the United…

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Mike Rotondo Elected to IFA Board

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is proud to announce that our CEO, Mike Rotondo, has been elected to the International Franchise Association Board of Directors.   We’ve long known of Mike’s ability to revitalize brands and be a visionary throughout his career, but it’s an honor for him to be recognized by the industry. He has spent three decades in franchising and foodservice with brands such as Arby’s, Wendy’s International, HoneyBaked Ham, and Tin Drum Asian Kitchen. In the last five years,…

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General Manager Turned Franchise Owner Opens First Cafe in Livonia

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Congratulations to Scott Meyer, the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner. Scott worked as a General Manager at the Dearborn, Michigan, Tropical Smoothie Cafe location and actually helped to open it! After spending the last year learning the ropes, he’s ready to open his own location in Livonia, Michigan, and experience the brand as a franchisee.

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From Management Experience to Franchise Owners

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Congratulations to the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners Chanel Evans, Toya Evans and Lauren Williamson on the Grand Opening of their location in Bowie, Maryland! This team of three all come from management experience, ranging from training teams to customer support and marketing. Their years of combined management experience will surely be put to good use in their Cafe. Welcome to Team Tropical Smoothie Cafe!

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Multi-Unit Owner Grows by 20 Units!

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Glen Johnson has been a Franchise Owner and Area Developer with Tropical Smoothie Cafe for several years, and we are happy to announce that he has now opened two Cafes in Norman, Oklahoma. Glen owns over 20 Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations throughout Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, and he has just signed an agreement to open 20 more Cafes in the next few years. It has been a great year for Glen, as he was a featured speaker at this spring’s Multi-Unit…

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New Cafe Opening in Montgomery

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We are ecstatic to announce the Grand Opening of our latest Cafe in Montgomery, Alabama. Dimple Ahuja, the proud owner, has been planning to open a Tropical Smoothie Cafe for the last few years and is excited to begin this venture with her husband, Dee. Dimple joins the Franchise Owner Team with previous experience managing a pizza concept and has operated a deli as well. Stop by 3008 Zelda Road for the latest smoothie recipe!

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Franchise Owner Becomes Multi-Unit Franchisee with TSC

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is excited to announce that our newest location in Michigan is now open! Jeff Lulek has owned the Cafe in Dearborn, Michigan, but now with the addition of the Taylor, Michigan, Cafe to his portfolio, he has become a TSC multi-unit franchisee. We are excited to see Jeff’s growth within our system and excited to see more communities fall in love with Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Congratulations on your Grand Opening, Jeff!

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Multi-Unit Owners Expand in Florida

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Ray and Joy Howell are no stranger to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand. They have just opened another Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in Cape Coral, Florida, adding to their portfolio of 10 other Cafes. Ray also has plans to open five more Cafes in Sarasota, Florida, in the upcoming years. A big thank you goes to Ray and Joy for helping us continue to grow in the state where Tropical Smoothie Cafe originated! Stop by their newest location at 2139…

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From Construction Company Owners to Cafe Owners

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Matt Dillon and Shawn Pnacek are now the proud owners of a new Tropical Smoothie Cafe located in Big Rapids, Michigan. The pair comes with over 30 years of experience in managing construction companies, including the companies that have built previous Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations across Michigan. Having strong managerial and leadership experience and a love for the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand, their store is sure to succeed. Congratulations!

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Experienced Franchisee Opens New Cafe in Michigan

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Paul Dudgeon is no stranger to franchising or Tropical Smoothie Cafe. He has an extensive resume with the Jet’s Pizza franchise, being responsible for over 60 locations, as well as owning several Tropical Smoothie Cafes. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is excited to see his growth with the brand, and we look forward to the successes of this new location in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

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Multi-Unit Owners Add Tropical Smoothie Cafes to Portfolios

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The Tropical Smoothie Cafe team continues to grow in Florida! There are two new Cafes now open, one in Tallahassee and one in Port Orange. Ralph Judy is the proud owner of the Tallahassee location and he comes with previous restaurant experience, owning an Auntie Anne’s location, a Great American Cookies location, and another Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Ahmed Eldeeb is the new owner of the Port Orange Cafe and he is very excited to be running another location. Ahmed currently owns…

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New Cafe Opening in Grand Rapids

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is very proud of their dedicated team of Franchise Owners and their commitment to the brand. We are pleased to share that Hani Halloun has now opened a fourth Tropical Smoothie Cafe location. You can find this Cafe at 2505 Alpine Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544.

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Franchise Owner Cody Sommer Opens His 5th Cafe

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With four locations already under his belt, Cody Sommer has added another location in St. George, Utah. He is a dedicated brand fan and skilled Franchise Owner. We’re overjoyed to see customers head to this new Cafe so stop by for your chance to check out the neighborhood’s newest Cafe!  

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Comes to Commack, NY

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Congratulations to Patricia O’Brien and Stephen Brojer on the Grand Opening of their Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Commack, New York. At this location, customers are able to call ahead to place an order or place an order using the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Rewards App. Come by today and visit the latest Cafe with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand.

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Smart Data Leads to New Insights for Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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People are hungrier than ever for data. Collection efforts have amped up and businesses love to amass as much information as possible on their customers. A recent Franchise Update Magazine article highlighted the top franchise brands doing this effectively, with Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s CEO, Mike Rotondo, making the cover. Rotondo shared how the brand uses data to engage with customers and drive new decisions. Recently, Tropical Smoothie utilized data from their popular rewards app to innovate specific menu items. The…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise CEO Pivotal in Brand’s Revitalization and Success

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Mike Rotondo, Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO, joined the brand as Vice President in 2008. At the time, the chain’s $400K average unit volume (AUV) wasn’t stellar, but he saw promise. “People loved the brand, Franchise Owners were joining because they loved the brand and loved the product, but we didn’t have all the systems in place and the team in place to really make it a scalable, much more financially rewarding concept,” Rotondo said. “It was all about the unit-level…

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Now Open in Biddeford, Maine

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Welcome to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team, Crystal and Mike Turpin! With three Cafes already under their belt, their most recent location opened in Biddeford, Maine and customers are already raving about the fabulous smoothie bar and friendly customer service. Check out their Facebook page for insights on the latest menu options and promotions.

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New Location in Winchester, Virginia

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The Tropical Smoothie Cafe team and the number of our locations continue to grow! Congratulations to Jessica Seminaro, Steve Seminaro and Kayla Ashton on the opening of their Cafe in Winchester, Virginia. This marks the 506th grand opening for a Tropical Smoothie Cafe! We are very excited for all of our franchisees and their continued successes!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Opens in Doral, Florida

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe continues to grow in Florida with the latest Cafe opening in the city of Doral. The owners, Peter and Vani Jonnagadala, are very excited for their grand opening and partnership with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team. Have you tried the latest smoothie flavor? Stop by this Cafe to try the latest flavors and menu options, and to meet our newest owners!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise in Macon, Georgia

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Janine Bischone is owner of one of the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations! Janine comes with strong restaurant management experience in New York, where she managed inventory and helped to maintain and improve operations. She will be the main operator of the Cafe along with the help of her 16 year-old daughter who loves the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand too!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise to the Rescue to Meet Growing Smoothie Demand

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Healthful brands are on the rise with consumers, as QSR Magazine has recently noted. Read more about how Tropical Smoothie Cafe is on the forefront of this consumer behavior, below. A recent article in QSR Magazine talked about a growing change in consumer beverage preferences. Gone are the days of guzzling sodas, with sales and consumption data trending downward. Consumers instead are turning to healthier options such as fresh juices, smoothies, and teas. Dennis Lombardi, President of restaurant advisory firm…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise in Ladera Ranch

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After purchasing 20 Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations back in January 2016, R.K. Sidhu has now celebrated the grand opening of his newest Cafe in Ladera Ranch, California. Stop by his Tropical Smoothie Cafe at 27412 Antonio Parkway Suite R2 for the latest smoothie flavors and delightful flatbread sandwiches and salads.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Propels Brand Refresh With Nationwide Rollout of New Restaurant Design

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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, recently kicked off a prominent brand refresh in an effort to reflect the company’s evolution since its founding in 1997. The rebranding is propelled by the rollout of a new restaurant design at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations nationwide, which exudes a relaxed coastal atmosphere and was designed to enhance the consumer experience and better align the dining environment with the…

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NRN Features Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Chains

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Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) has been reporting on the food service industry since 1967. Everything from small town shop creations to large chain transactions can be found in their content. NRN has released their annual report 2016 Second 100: A look at the 10 Fastest-Growing Chains, and we are excited to share that Tropical Smoothie Cafe has been named number six on this list! Read the full article about Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s growth over the last year, here.

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Glen Johnson and his Tropical Smoothie Cafes

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Tropical Smoothie is excited to share that dedicated franchisee Glen Johnson has now opened new Cafes in Arkansas (Little Rock and Van Buren) and Oklahoma (Tulsa and Oklahoma City). Glen owns over 20 Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations, and we are ecstatic with his growth and commitment to the Tropical Smoothie brand. Learn more about Glen Johnson’s story here.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Experiences Unprecedented Growth as it Closes Out First Half of 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 tremendous success in the first half of 2016. Following a year where the company experienced the strongest growth in its 19-year history, the momentum is continuing as the sandwich and smoothie franchise reported a 6.4 percent increase in same-store sales and signed franchise agreements to develop 80 new Cafes across the U.S., including in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Charleston, Houston…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Named to QSR’s List of Best Franchise Deals

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The franchise industry is crowded with options, but thankfully QSR Magazine is here to help. Annually, they endure the hard work of sorting through the competition to find the best of the best. They base their research on a wide range of factors including franchisee satisfaction surveys, management team experience, litigation history, average startup costs, unit growth, marketplace niche, momentum, and more, then compile a list of the top 10 franchise deals in the industry. We are honored to have…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise in Blacksburg, Virginia

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Blacksburg, Virginia is now home to Jonathan Cash’s second Tropical Smoothie Cafe location! Jon’s first Cafe is also in Virginia and the location has been very successful. Congratulations to Jon as he continues to grow with Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Stop by the newest Cafe for a fresh smoothie and snack.

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Multi-Unit Owner Mike Philip sees Technology Driving his New Tropical Smoothie Cafe Business

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Mike Philip purchased three existing Tropical Smoothie Cafe (TSC) businesses three months ago and already he is on track to open three more. Perhaps three is his lucky number? His decision to add TSC to his business portfolio, along with his existing Einstein Bagels franchise, was motivated by our unique brand position and niche within the fast casual industry. “I think our Cafes speak to the values that our customers hold. They want fresh, healthy food that tastes great and…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Expanding in Houston Over the Next 12 Months

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When looking for areas of expansion a few years ago, Tropical Smoothie Cafe set their sights on Houston. Data showed that not only was Texas a leading state in restaurant sales, but Houston was outpacing many of the U.S.’s largest cities in restaurant growth. Three years and three deals later, Houston will soon see new Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations popping up over the next year. Franchise Owner, Vanessa Boles will open her location in September, Jignesh Patel will open his…

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Restaurants Serving up better ways to Interact with Customers

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What’s on the menu at restaurants these days seems to be technology, with new apps giving consumers the ability to mobile-pay, digital order and earn rewards. This reflects a trend recently cited in National Restaurant Association research that show that nearly one-quarter of consumers say that technology options are an important factor in deciding which restaurant to go to. For fast casual restaurants like Tropical Smoothie Cafe, these offerings aren’t tech for tech’s sake, but rather a way to connect…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Featured on Extra for National Flip Flop Day

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Amidst the excitement surrounding National Flip Flop Day on June 17th, Tropical Smoothie was featured on Extra with Mario Lopez. We are proud of our 10-year partnership with Camp Sunshine, who provide retreat experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. All 500 Tropical Smoothie locations participated in this year’s event with customers encouraged to donate throughout the month of June. Watch our CEO, Mike Rotondo in the full clip here.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Opens 500th Location in Westland, Michigan

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe has been experiencing tremendous growth. One location in particular is a big milestone for the brand. Franchise Owners, Salem Najjar and John Abuaita, are opening their first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Westland, Michigan, marking the brand’s 500th location.   “We are thrilled to join forces with such a dynamic brand. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a much healthier alternative to most of the fast casual restaurants currently in the market, and we are eager to introduce this concept…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Plans Multiple “Fun-raising” Efforts with Goal of $1M for Camp Sunshine

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is about more than just delicious smoothies and fresh, flavorful food. Over the past ten years, we’ve donated nearly $3.7 million to Camp Sunshine, an organization that provides camp experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, completely free of charge.   This year marks Tropical Smoothie’s 10th anniversary partnership with Camp Sunshine. To mark the occasion, we’ve set a goal of raising an additional $1M, the most prominent effort being the annual holiday, National Flip…

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Tropical Smoothie ranked #5 in the Top 100 Movers and Shakers

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Every year, Fast Casual magazine releases a list of the Top 100 Movers and Shakers, highlighting both the brands and people that bring energy and success to the franchise industry. Judges focus on growth, sales, and innovation across several categories, including technology, design, customer experience, sustainability, and menu offerings.   This year, Tropical Smoothie Cafe scored the #5 spot from the brands featured. The article credits our efforts this past year, highlighting the way we’ve embraced technology with our app-based loyalty, rewards, and…

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Another Tropical Smoothie Cafe for Fort Myers, Florida

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Here we GROW again!   Tropical Smoothie Cafe is pleased to announce the opening of Ray and Andrew Howell’s 10th Cafe. Ray brings great sales and advertising experience, as well as a background in real estate, to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise. In addition to all of Ray’s expertise as a business owner, his son Andrew has an unwavering passion for the brand as he sets his eyes on opening at least three more Cafes in the area.   Visit Ray, Andrew and their…

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Tropical Smoothie Welcomes Another Virginia Cafe

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Congratulations are in order for franchisee Abraham Razeq for the opening of Tropical Smoothie Cafe at 2701 Neabsco Common Place, Unit #128, Woodbridge, VA. This is the 89th Cafe location in Virginia, and another to add to Abraham’s list of Cafes. He is excited to bring his exceptional management and customer service skills to the Woodbridge Cafe, where he’ll continue to be an outstanding TSC brand ambassador!   Are you interested in opening your own Tropical Smoothie Cafe? Visit our Available…

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Veteran Opens Cafe in Augusta, Georgia

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Congratulations are in order for Franchise Owner Reginald Foster. Reginald’s Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Augusta, Georgia opened at the end of May and he’s already excited to open another Cafe in the state. Like other franchisees in the system, Reginald is very passionate about the brand. We believe his passion coupled with his 25 years of military experience and local restaurant marketing knowledge will propel his achievements as a Franchise Owner.

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Multi-Unit Owner Dreams

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Congratulations to Brad and Steve Sheffield on the grand opening of their Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Daphne, Alabama! This father and son duo is very excited for their Cafe location, as it is one of Brad’s dreams to become a multi-unit owner in the franchise industry. Brad likes that Tropical Smoothie Cafe has a strong plan, systems, and procedures in place for their franchisees in order to help them succeed.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise CEO Visits Young Fans

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With 500 locations open in 38 states, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a busy business. But, when CEO, Mike Rotondo received letters from two different kids, he was intrigued. The first letter came from Emma Merkel, a ten year old from Michigan. A Tropical Smoothie brand fan, Merkel wrote about always ordering the Jetty Blast smoothie without bananas, but wanting to try something new. Afraid she wouldn’t like other flavors and would be wasting her money, she suggested a smoothie sample…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Has an App-etite for New Technology

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Dipping your toes into the world of technology can be a nerve-wracking decision for a business. Especially in the restaurant industry, often stereotyped with lagging behind these technological times. Tropical Smoothie Cafe, however, has emerged as an industry leader with their new app ordering service. Understanding the customer base was key for developing the system. Many of Tropical Smoothie’s customers come in post-exercise, looking for a quick, healthy option so the company knew any technology that was adopted should have…

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A New Franchise Portfolio

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Debbie Lemieux-King comes from a franchise background, working as an area developer and a multi-unit owner. Congratulations are in order for the grand opening of her Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Debbie was looking to expand her franchise portfolio, and we are glad she has joined the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team! This Cafe features a drive-thru, so drive on by soon for our latest smoothie flavors and snacks!

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Brandon & Deena Korman Take Wilmington

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is excited to announce that current franchisees, Brandon and Deena Korman, have opened yet another Cafe! They have proven themselves as great Cafe operators and they have four additional Cafes in process. They are looking to develop these additional Tropical Smoothie Cafes in Wilmington, North Carolina. They’re latest Tropical Smoothie Cafe resides at 130 Hays Lane Suite 130 Wilmington, NC 28411.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Appoints New Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

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ATLANTA, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — 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 has appointed Barry Schnur chief financial and administrative officer. In addition to his roles leading the company’s fiscal functions and day-to-day operations, Schnur will play a significant role in developing and implementing technology initiatives for the franchise system. “Barry’s extensive technology background and experience leading software companies makes him a valuable addition…

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A Blender-Focused Business

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At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 50% of our sales are from smoothies. Our blenders play a big role in our business! Tropical Smoothie Cafe offers an interactive and upbeat experience for our visitors and the noise of the blenders helps reinforce the fast-paced lifestyle of our customers. Because we want to create the best and safest environment for our customers, some Cafe locations are also testing having color coded blenders to separate the different kinds of smoothies, as well as help…

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Nick Crouch – Manager to Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe holds a semi-annual conference for their franchisees to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize outstanding leadership. It was at the 2016 conference that Nick Crouch was named Franchisee of the Year. Nick not only has shown impressive business skills, but also shows great support for his teams and community. Born in Columbia, Missouri, Nick Crouch was involved in the restaurant business since he was 16. Managing numerous concepts through college, he transitioned into the golf industry after graduating…

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Newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hosts Grand Opening on Cinco de Mayo

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One of the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafes opened its doors on Cinco de Mayo in Columbia, South Carolina. Delayed by almost four months due to heavy flooding that hit the area back in October, it has been a long awaited opening. Grand opening celebrations kicked off with the first 50 people in line receiving free smoothies for a year and a special Avocolada smoothie made with spinach, kale, pineapple, coconut, and lime. Owner, Eshita Kothari said, “Joining the Tropical Smoothie…

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Detroit: A Hot Spot For Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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Detroit is an up and coming spot for franchises and Tropical Smoothie Cafe is on board for more expansion! Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be opening 20 additional locations in the Detroit Metro in 2016, creating a total of 35 locations in this area alone. As Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Mike Rotondo said, “Michiganers are always looking for healthier choices to typical fast food, and Tropical Smoothie Cafe fills that need.” Tropical Smoothie Cafe has opened over 280 Cafes in the…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise and Kentucky

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The latest Tropical Smoothie Cafe is now open in Paducah, Kentucky. The three owners, Justin, Tyson and Joey, all have a very strong passion for the franchise and they are hoping to open several other franchise locations soon! Come visit 4793 Village Square Drive Suite H in Paducah, Kentucky, for a fresh snack and smoothie!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Entrepreneur Team

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James Hensyel and Ryan Seeger are excited about the opening of their latest Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Both owners graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and since graduating, have obtained strong backgrounds in banking, financial services and hospitality. This young, entrepreneur team has established their day-to-day franchise operations, with Ryan being the main contact representative and James being the main operator of the Cafe. They already have a Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in Fargo and due to its successes, they are ready…

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New Food Trends Already on the Menu at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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A new year means new trends for the food industry. According to forecasts from experts in the restaurant biz, while taste, price, and quality are still important, there’s a growing desire for food that is healthy, flavorful, and fresh. No longer settling for anything quick, consumers want food that is free of additives, made with recognizable ingredients, and packs a punch when it comes to flavor. People want to feel good about themselves when they are eating out, not guilty.…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner and Area Developer, Glen Johnson, has a Diverse Portfolio

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Glen Johnson began working as a broker and developer in the commercial real estate industry in 2003. Eight years later, he started working in the restaurant industry, eventually working his way up to President and majority owner of Tropical Tango, LLC. As a leader in the fast casual Cafe space, Tropical Smoothie’s team is passionate and experienced. Franchise Owner and Area Developer, Glen Johnson, is no exception. His background makes him a bit of a Renaissance man, with experience in…

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Tropical Smoothie – Our Mission

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What started as a small brand on the beaches of Florida has grown to 480+ cafés nationwide. With our growth has come a lot of changes, but we’ve always stayed true to our mission. Watch the video to see what inspires us.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Packing a New AUV for Multi-Unit Franchise Conference this Month

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Name an event at the Multi-Unit Franchise Conference and chances are good we’ll be there. The conference, which runs from the 26-29th of April in Las Vegas, will open with a day on the links. As proud sponsors of the tournament, we’ll be keeping players refreshed with our delicious smoothies.   The night kicks off with a Franchisee-Only Opening Social, also sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe, giving a chance for franchisees to meet and mingle.   Glen Johnson, a Tropical…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Announces 2016 Franchisee of the Year Nominees

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is gearing up for our semi-annual conference, held in Orlando, FL this year. The conference not only allows the opportunity for franchisees to meet with other franchisees and the company’s corporate team, but to recognize franchisees going above and beyond to represent Tropical Smoothie Cafe exceptionally in their markets. We are excited to announce the 2016 Franchisee of the Year nominees: Woo Choi, Carol Dienzo & Paolo Ifurung Susan & Mike Tate Nick Crouch Glen Johnson Andrew…

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A Franchise Beginning in El Paso

. Posted in 2016 News

The Warnock’s are excited to be opening their very first Tropical Smoothie Cafe, located in sunny El Paso, Texas. Kaleb and Paula also have a second Tropical Smoothie location in the works and they hope to have both locations up and running by the end of 2017. They aim to build out across the rest of El Paso, before expanding into other markets. Kaleb comes from a military background and he feels that this will help immensely when it comes…

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Former Athlete-Turned-Tropical Smoothie Franchisee

. Posted in 2016 News

“Opening a business on your own can seem like a pretty intimidating thing, especially when starting over after leaving a different career. That’s why for some, like these former professional athletes and coaches, the best decision to make is to join a different team: a franchise…” Click here to read the rest of the Entrepreneur article about former athletes-turned-franchisees. If you’re ready to invest in a Tropical Smoothie Cafe like Dallas Cowboy’s Everette Brown, fill out the form.

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Tropical Smoothie: Fast and Serious for the 2nd Year in a Row

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

Franchise Times released their annual list of Fast and Serious franchise brands, highlighting the smartest-growing brands in the industry. Tropical Smoothie Cafe made the list again, moving up 6 spots from last year to #34. “A betting man might double down on the odds of Tropical Smoothie Cafe appearing on this list again in 2017,” the feature opens. What’s made them willing to wager? 24% unit growth over the past 3 years, 199 deals awarded in 2015, and a proven team…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Signs Franchise Agreements for Three Dallas Locations

. Posted in 2016 News

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 franchise agreements to open three new restaurants in Dallas. This announcement is part of the award-winning smoothie franchise’s aggressive growth plans for the state of Texas, which kicked off in April 2015 with the opening of the company’s first Dallas location, quickly followed by additional Cafes in Frisco and Fort Worth in June and August 2015, respectively. A…

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Join Tropical Smoothie Cafe for a Very Special Event in Atlanta!

. Posted in 2016 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual Cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, is hosting a special event on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. for local entrepreneurs to learn about franchise opportunities with the fast casual brand. Attendees will be treated to food and smoothie samples, and have the chance to connect in person with CEO Mike Rotondo, as well as Charles Watson, chief development officer; Jennifer Folger, senior director, franchise development; Philip Watson,…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens in Palos Hills, IL

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations to Kevin Bartlett and Patrick Bode on the opening of their Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Palos Hills, Illinois. Kevin and Patrick opened the doors to their Cafe on February 8th, 2016. Come on in and enjoy a wrap or sandwich with one of our real-fruit smoothies!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens in Hartland, MI

. Posted in 2016 News

Join Tropical Smoothie Cafe in celebrating the opening of Hani Halloun’s Cafe in Hartland, Michigan. Hani was excited to open the doors to his location on Saturday, January 30th. Stop in at 10006 West Highland Road for a tropical food experience from bold-flavored meals or snacks to real-fruit smoothies.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Ranked One of Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises of the Year

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is happy to announce their ranking in Entrepreneur’s 2016 list of Fastest-Growing Franchises of the Year. At number 62, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is the highest ranked food and smoothie franchise. With 199 franchise agreements signed in 2015 for new cafes throughout the US and six consecutive quarters of double-digit positive comp sales, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is seeing the strongest growth in their 19-year history. The healthy fast-food franchise currently boasts an average unit volume of more than…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens in Suwanee, GA

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations to Mike Haines on the opening of his newest café in Suwanee, Georgia! Mike Haines joins Tropical Smoothie Cafe with previous experience working for Microsoft and Facebook. He is extremely entrepreneurial, which has helped guide his plan to open all 10 of his Tropical Smoothie Cafes. Mike Haines looks forward to sharing this experience with his wife and 3 daughters. Stop in today at 3320 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suite 1-A for a real-fruit smoothie and meal or snack!

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California, Here We Come! New Franchisee Will Bring Tropical Smoothie Cafe to The Golden State

. Posted in 2016 News

Sometimes the one thing that has the potential to change your life is right in front of your face. That was the certainly the case with RanaKaran Sidhu, or R.K. as his friends call him. Already a brand fan of Tropical Smoothie, he often went to the drive-through of his local Cafe to get a smoothie. One day, as he was handed his cup, he noticed “Franchise Opportunities Available” printed on it. R.K. and his family are no strangers to…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Reports Strongest Growth in Its 19-Year History

. Posted in 2016 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 its strongest year of growth in the brand’s 19-year history. The award-winning smoothie franchise reported same-store sales of 11.3 percent — its sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit positive comp sales — and signed franchise agreements to develop 199 new Cafes across the U.S. in 2015, including about two dozen locations in Southern California. The brand’s first Cafe in…

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Consumer Demand Fueling Better Quality Ingredients And Better-For-You Food Choices Among Franchise Brands

. Posted in 2016 News

What’s in that taco you had for lunch? Was the lettuce grown locally? Is the beef grass-fed? Is the tortilla made with GMO corn? Increasingly, these are the questions consumers want answered before they choose where they will spend their dining dollars. A Zagat report released in September 2015 on fast-casual consumer preferences found that 19% of respondents said it was very important to them that fast casuals offer GMO-free food, with 35% saying it was somewhat important. In that…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens in Massapequa, NY

. Posted in 2016 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe congratulates John Kuitwaard on the opening of his new Cafe in Massapequa, New York! John began working in restaurants in high school, studied culinary arts and food service management at JWU and has worked exclusively for Metropolitan Food Service Inc. since graduating from college in 1994. John worked his way up through every aspect of the company to become president and owner. Along the way John owned two other restaurants, a bar & grill and coffee shop. Stop…

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CEO Mike Rotondo Listed in Franchise Times 20 to Watch: What’s Trending in 2016

. Posted in 2016 News

It comes as no surprise to us that our CEO Mike Rotondo was recently named one to watch in 2016 by Franchise Times Magazine. Growing Tropical Smoothie Cafe to over 466 units and driving franchisee profitability is no small task. But alongside his experienced management team, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is now coast to coast and continues to strategically grow across the United States! Read the full article here. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE’S MIKE ROTONDO Mike Rotondo may be the textbook example of the…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe To Open Locations In California

. Posted in 2016 News

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 its first restaurant in Lake Forest, California, in mid-January. This is part of the brand’s aggressive franchise development plans for the state, which includes future locations in Rancho Cucamonga, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Fountain Valley, Orange and Rancho Santa Margarita. Over the next five years, the food and smoothie franchise will open…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Offers Guests a Variety of New Options In The New Year

. Posted in 2016 News

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, healthier eating ranks high on the list. In 2016, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is offering numerous ways for guests to achieve their goals beginning with a unique live better smoothie lineup and new flatbreads launching in January. All are designed to deliver the delicious, unique tastes the brand is known for with enough variety and extra benefits to help people kick-start the New Year on the right track. “We know our customers are focused on…

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