2017 News

Minnesota Cafe Opens With A Bang

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With an existing location open in Savage, Minnesota, Daryl James opened his second Cafe in the state this week. Customer excitement for the new St. Louis Park Cafe was obvious. More than 50 people camped out the night before it opened in hopes of snagging a coveted, “free smoothies for a year” card. See what the buzz is all about by visiting the Cafe for yourself (8140 Highway 7, St. Louis Park).

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Grand Openings Galore

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe has had a week for the books with eight new Cafe Grand Openings across the country! Congratulations to our new Franchise Owners and those who have added another Cafe to their portfolio. We’re now sharing our better-for-you smoothies and food with more people in the following cities: St. Louis Park, MN North Charleston, SC Raleigh, NC Broken Arrow, OK Joplin, MO Traverse City, MI Lake City, FL Atlanta, GA  

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe was recognized as a Best Franchise for Veterans in 2017

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, A Franchise for Veterans

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe has been a proud supporter of military veterans since our inception, which is why we were awarded Military Times’ 2017 Best Franchises for Veterans award. By offering a 50% discount on the franchise fee to veterans opening their first franchise with us, our growth rate for veteran-owned units has grown by 150% from 2013 to 2015, and we plan to remain military-friendly by creating more opportunities for veterans in the future. Read about some veterans who found a fit with the…

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How Nick Crouch Feeds People Well, Treats People Well, and Invests Well with Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe takes our brand mission to Feed People Well, Treat People Well, and Invest Well seriously. We live this by offering customers healthier alternatives and giving back to our community through our involvement with Camp Sunshine and National Flip Flop Day. On the local level, we rely on our Franchise Owners to exemplify our mantra in the communities they serve. A shining example of this being done well is Franchise Owner, Nick Crouch. With 13 Cafes open and…

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Family Opens Cafe in Harrison Township

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Paul Dudgeon is opening another Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Harrison Township, Michigan. This opening is a family affair. Along with his brother, Jim Dudgeon and his niece Gabby, they have a successful track record in the world of franchising which includes their Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Sterling Heights that opened last September. Paul and his team have plans in the works to continue opening a series of Tropical Smoothie Cafes across Michigan.

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Kristi Kingery is the Get It Done, Make It Happen Person Behind Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Supply Chain

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As Vice President of Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Supply Chain, Kristi Kingery’s background in Fashion and Costume Design may be a surprise. Breaking down the skills that make her successful creates a clearer picture. Kingery has always been a person with a vision, liking to find solutions, develop processes, build teams, and see tangible results. Of course, there were a few key stepping stones between her days in fashion and joining Tropical Smoothie Cafe; like her role as a Business Analyst…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Celebrates Major Milestone with Opening of 600th Location

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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 its 600th location will open on June 23 in Joplin, Missouri. Located at 3025 South Main Street, the newest location marks a landmark achievement for the brand in the midst of its 20th anniversary year and emphasizes the company’s plans to open at least 100 new restaurants nationwide by the end of this year. Fueled by its ongoing…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Adds to the Trophy Case

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2017 is off to a great start for Tropical Smoothie Cafe! With an AUV of over $846,000*, more than 500 new franchises sold in the last 3 years and a total of 600 Cafes open coast-to-coast, our numbers speak for themselves.   And the industry is noticing. We’re proud to place the following awards in our virtual trophy case: Atlanta Business Chronicle – Top 25 Atlanta-Based Franchises Entrepreneur – Franchise 500 (Ranked #140) Entrepreneur – Fastest-Growing Franchises Entrepreneur – Top 200…

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Teen’s Viral Tweet Earns Her Free Smoothies for a Decade & Smoothies for her High School

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At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, our core values are to build solid relationships, demonstrate a creative spirit and play to win. A Michigan teen, Grace Wallace, recently exemplified all of these values as she engaged with the TSC brand on Twitter and asked how many retweets it would take for her to earn free smoothies for her entire high school.   The answer? 10,000 retweets by the end of the week. With three days to achieve this goal, Wallace was able…

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Michigan Brothers Open Second Cafe in Commerce Township

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This is the second Tropical Smoothie Cafe opening within the last two months for brothers, James and Mark White. Seasoned Franchise Owners before joining the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family, James and Mark are thrilled to have construction complete and cafe doors open for business on Carroll Lake Rd in Commerce Township.  Both brothers place heavy emphasis on crew training, with the belief that a trained staff equates to a happy customer and a happy work environment.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Named to List of Franchises Perfect for Beach Season

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With the start of summer fast approaching, Entrepreneur release a slideshow of restaurant franchises that truly embody the essence of summer and beach season. Tropical Smoothie Cafe made the list with our bold, tropical flavors and laid-back vibe of our locations. Check out the slideshow and then see what it takes to own one here. 5 Restaurants Perfect for Beach Season

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Growth Impacts Job Market

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Mike Rotondo was featured on a Fox & Friend’s segment about the anticipated impact the restaurant industry will have on jobs. In 2017, 14.7 million people (1 in 10 Americans) are expected to be employed by the industry. Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s growth is a recognized contributor to this impressive prediction. With 600 existing locations and 100 more planned to open this year, 2 thousand jobs nationwide will be thanks to the brand. Their growth proves the demand…

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Area Developer Heads West to Las Vegas

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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

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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

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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

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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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Glen Johnson’s Path to Building a Franchise Empire

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As a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner, Glen Johnson is well on his way to building an empire. With 22 Cafes open and 20-30 more planned in the next five years, his commitment to the brand is evident. His path to success began in commercial real estate.   While working as a broker, Glen dreamed of making a positive impact in his small town. He considered opening a food franchise but was disappointed with the options–one unhealthy concept after another.…

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Smoothies in Shenandoah

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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

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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

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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 Sarasota Cafe

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Raymond Howell, Ashley Payne, and Joy Howell are the owner-operators of the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Sarasota, Florida. They are experienced Franchise Owners with twelve locations in operation and the rights to five more in the Sarasota area. Their most recent Cafe is located at 8605 Tamiami Trail #1. As they begin to open more locations, they’ll hire a manager to handle the day-to-day in the locations. We’re excited to have them as a part of Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

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Cafe Opens in Howell, Michigan

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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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Experiences Strong First Quarter With System Wide Growth and Positive Comp Sales

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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 that during the first quarter of 2017, it signed franchise agreements to open 30 restaurants, which will expand the brand’s presence in new and existing markets nationwide, including Idaho, South Carolina, Maryland,California and Arkansas. Tropical Smoothie Cafe also opened 30 new locations throughout the country, resulting in a total of 570 open restaurants at the end of the first…

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Food Service Pros Sign for 6-Pack

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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 will be owner-operators. They will be hiring managers for the rest of their Cafes. Their understanding of and adherence to the franchise model…

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Corbin Family Chooses Tropical Smoothie Cafe over Competition

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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

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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

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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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Sales Grow as Industry Weakens

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It’s been a banner quarter for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, reporting an 8% comps increase in January, followed by 6% in February. Take the $8.25+ average ticket and $846,431 average gross sales* into account, and the results are even more impressive. “Our focus on flavors and innovation has helped us to develop a menu that meets the demand of our customers. We offer them the healthier alternatives of fresh food and delicious smoothies they crave, which helps to fuel our success,”…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Multi-Unit Owners to Speak at MUFC

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In what has become an annual tradition, Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be in attendance at the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference (MUFC). In addition to the booth in the expo hall and an opening franchise reception appearance, a couple of Multi-Unit Franchise Owners will be in tow to speak at the sessions. Emily Harrington joined Tropical Smoothie Cafe as a Franchise Owner after her roles as a Fixed Income Senior Vice President and successful owner of 42 burger franchise locations. She’ll be…

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A Change in Tune: HS Music Teacher Joins TSC

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs Franchise Agreement to Open 20 New Locations in Texas

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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 it signed a franchise development agreement with Glen Johnson to expand the brand’s presence throughout the state of Texas. Johnson will be opening 20 new cafes, the first of which opened earlier this month in Lubbock, Texas. “Glen Johnson has been an integral part Tropical Smoothie’s continued success and franchise development since signing his first agreement in…

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Multi-Unit Foodservice Franchisee Joins TSC

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Franchise Owner Joseph Ford has joined Tropical Smoothie Cafe to diversify his foodservice franchise portfolio. The newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in Novi, Michigan, is the first of his six Cafes to open, and he’s looking forward to his second location hitting the market in South Lyon, Michigan. Welcome to the team, Joseph! We’re excited you’ve chosen Tropical Smoothie Cafe as the second concept and first smoothie franchise in your portfolio.   Visit Joseph Ford’s 1st Tropical Smoothie Cafe: 48975…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Opens Michigan’s 50th Location

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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 it will open the state’s 50th location in Portage on March 4. This restaurant, located at 230 W. Milham Ave., will mark the second location in the region for husband-and-wife franchisees Eduardo Ramos and Corina Groeger, as well as a milestone achievement for area developers Craig and Dianne LeMieux, and Debbie King, who have successfully helped to expand…

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Menu & Cafe Design Inspire Couple to Franchise

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Clement and Jacqueline Troutman have joined Tropical Smoothie Cafe as our newest franchisees in Maryland! The pair were introduced to the brand years ago. Not only did they enjoy the healthy menu items and vibrant Cafe design, but they were drawn into the idea of owning their own location because of the concept’s simplified business model, which is perfect for those without prior restaurant experience. With the help of their daughter Jocelyn, who will be a Cafe manager, the Troutmans are…

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Multi-Unit Owner Adds Cafe in Michigan

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Our newest Michigan Tropical Smoothie Cafe is in Fraser — 34521 Utica Road. This is Franchise Owner Paul Dudgeon’s 7th Cafe and he has three more on the horizon. With a huge dedication to the brand, he’s excited to make Tropical Smoothie Cafe more accessible to more people across the state, and we’re excited to watch his Tropical Smoothie Cafe empire grow!

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Family Opens Cafes in Tennessee

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Congratulations to Jason, Jody, Amy and Raquel Willeman! With immense excitement about the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand, they have opened their first two locations in Afton and Farragut. But this is just the beginning! With their extensive experience running a full-service family restaurant and managing teams, they have future plans to continue growing with TSC.   AFTON 230 Keller Rd. Afton, TN 37616   FARRAGUT 119 Lovell Road Farragut, TN 37934

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550th Cafe Opens in Oklahoma

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is proud to open its 550th Cafe with Franchise Owners Amish, Rakesh and Rohit Patel. With 35+ collective years in the franchising industry, owning a number of hospitality franchise locations, and having background in software development, the Patels are prepared to run their first of many Tropical Smoothie Cafes. This team is looking forward to opening 4 additional Cafes in the future, and Rohit Patel has committed to an additional 3 Cafes in Kansas and Alabama. We are…

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Economic Good News Spurred by Growth in the Franchise Industry

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For years, franchise industry professionals have touted the important role franchise businesses play in the overall U.S. economy. A recent article from the International Franchise Association (IFA), published in Nation’s Restaurant News, proves their case with very strong numbers. The article predicts that the franchise sector will grow to $710B in 2017, led by growth in the franchised restaurant segment. Restaurants represent the largest number of franchise businesses in the U.S. “Franchising is an American success story,” IFA president and…

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Area Developer Opens 3rd Location

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is proud to announce another Cafe opening! Existing Franchise Owner and Area Developer Kimberly Rego’s newest Cafe has opened in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This is the third location she has added to her portfolio since becoming a die-hard brand fan in 2007 and joining the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team. And she’s even more excited to dive into real estate selection on her fourth Cafe! We can’t wait to celebrate another one of her Cafe’s grand opening…

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Texas Brand Fans Open First Cafe in Fort Worth

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Congratulations to Franchise Owners Vivek and Heena Ajbani on the opening of their Cafe in Fort Worth, Texas! Vivek and Heena have been watching the growth of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand for several years as they became brand fans and were interested in exploring Tropical Smoothie Cafe as a business venture. While this Fort Worth location is their first, they have a goal of becoming multi-unit owner/operators. We are excited to grow with them!   Visit their location: 2700…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Achieves Significant Growth and Nationwide Expansion in 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 it reported positive comp sales of 4 percent in 2016, resulting in comp sales exceeding 26 percent over the last three years. The award-winning food and smoothie franchise also signed franchise agreements to develop more than 160 new Cafes across the U.S. and closed out the year with 86 new restaurant openings, expanding the brand’s presence in…

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Multi-Unit Owner Opens 3rd Location in Grand Rapids

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Congratulations to Libby McDonald on her newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe location! With prior experience as a restaurant business consultant, Libby was intrigued by the better-for-you menu and simple business model that Tropical Smoothie Cafe brings to the table for its Franchise Owners. Wanting to get in on the action, she joined the TSC family in 2012 with a Cafe in Grand Rapids and quickly expanded her portfolio with the addition of another Grand Rapids Cafe in 2014. Now, with a…

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Michigan Multi-Unit Franchisees Open 3rd Cafe

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Ruth and David Buko are tried and true multi-unit franchisees with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family. By trade, Ruth is an attorney and David is a sales executive. In addition to these careers, the Bukos already operate two successful Cafes in Michigan, their first in 2012 on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing and the second in 2014 on State Street in Saginaw. A third Cafe on W. Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing is a welcomed addition to their Cafe…

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Experienced Franchisees Choose Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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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

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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

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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

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  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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner Adds to His 20+ Locations

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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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise CEO, Mike Rotondo, Announces Impressive Numbers, Plans for Growth

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe has experienced its strongest year yet. The top 50% of Franchise Owners are now boasting an average gross sales of $846,431, up $112,252 from 2014’s top 50% AUV of $734,179*. This upward momentum is helping the franchise open 1+ Cafes a week, with multi-unit sales growing to 30 last year.     “What’s driving our sales? First, we have both food and smoothies to drive up average tickets. Then product innovation, with successful roll-outs of new menu items…

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Why Own A Healthy Food Franchise?

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The old adage for anyone looking to start a business is “find a need, then fill it.” With today’s consumers, a better answer might be to identify the various “wants” from the widest base of consumers and then see how your business can deliver on their preferences.   Healthy Food Franchises a Growing Trend When it comes to the food that people are buying and eating these days, consumers at every age say they value healthy food–with nuances like sustainable…

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