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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is on the Move Again

. Posted in 2018 News

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe Leadership Team took to the road this month for three special events in the Midwest. These Meet the CEO events are an opportunity for people who want to know more about the franchise opportunity to hear CEO Mike Rotondo, CDO Charles Watson, and their team talk to current Franchise Owners, sample menu items, and tour an existing Cafe.   Rotondo is a dynamic speaker who deftly articulates the brand’s play-to-win culture and enthusiastically brags about Tropical…

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At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, We Play to Win. And We’re on a Winning Streak!

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe was recently ranked by Forbes as one of the Best Franchises to Buy in the Medium Investment category. Rankings are determined by FRANdata, from a list of 3,300 active franchise brands, and based on a variety of criteria including:     This honor is heralding another great year for the brand.   Tropical Smoothie Cafe is hitting on all cylinders with an average gross sales of 873,254*and more than 345 Cafes opening in the last five years.…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Debuts Cafe at ICSC RECon

. Posted in 2018 News

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe development team descended on Las Vegas for the annual International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon The Global Retail Real Estate Convention May 20-23. A replica of a Tropical Smoothie Cafe location provided the back drop for the brand at the event. Along with the store prototype, the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team served 5000+ smoothies and sandwiches over 12 hours in 2 days. “Most consumers know us for our amazing smoothies,” commented Charles Watson, Chief Development…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Accelerates Development In The Midwest

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the country, announced today its aggressive franchise development plans for the Midwest, specifically targeting Ohio and Illinois. With momentum from new franchise agreements and a strong pipeline of upcoming grand openings, the brand is continuing to target the Midwest for additional growth and is seeking qualified entrepreneurs to expand the brand’s presence throughout the region.   “The Midwest is a key area for development and while we have an existing presence in…

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Former Stockbroker Shares His Love for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Bonds with His Staff

. Posted in 2018 News

Watching Wall Street is what Matt Mawdsley used to do in his role as a stockbroker in Missouri. But when it was time for lunch or a snack, he’d hit the street his office was on and head to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe next door.   He liked the better-for-you food and smoothies, and because he is married to a professional body-builder and has five kids, eating healthier is a way of life for them. Naturally, he liked that Tropical…

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A Play-to-Win Culture has Tropical Smoothie Cafe Leading the Pack

. Posted in 2018 News

Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, was the keynote speaker at an IFA Franchise Development Seminar in Minneapolis on May 16, 2018. His talk titled, “Selling Culture”, focused on how franchise brands can promote their mission and culture to drive Franchise Owner recruitment and spur growth. Rotondo outlined the four key values Tropical Smoothie Cafe is based on:   Rotondo also outlined the qualities prospective Franchise Owners should embody: By adhering to these values and qualities and looking for…

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Chief Development Officer Charles Watson

Business Lessons from Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Chief Development Officer

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Charles Watson, Chief Development Officer for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, was recently featured in the Crain’s feature, ‘If I Knew Then…’ The series highlights business leaders reflecting on how mistakes they made in their careers have taught them important lessons they now use in their positions. For CDO Charles Watson, a fateful meeting taught him the importance of aligning with leadership and their goals. For Tropical Smoothie Cafe, that goal was driving the growth of the business. In the intervening years…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Propels Franchise Expansion in Indiana

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the country, announced today it has signed a franchise development agreement to expand its presence in Indiana. The brand’s existing franchisees, David and Ruth Buko, alongside first-time Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisee James Volpert, will be developing eight Cafes throughout the Indianapolis area, with the first two locations expected to open in Hamilton and Boone counties in 2019. “We’re continuing to accelerate development in emerging markets like Indianapolis as a…

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Leading with Intention. Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s CEO Shares his Leadership Advice.

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

Any businessperson knows there is no shortage of leadership advice out there but now there’s a new platform for how leadership can drive wellness in the workplace. The online media hub, Thrive Global, recently interviewed Mike Rotondo for his take on achieving balance, making lifestyle changes, and what it takes to lead a company through an incredible growth phase. People who have met Rotondo know that he is a gregarious guy—one of those people who is an engaged conversationalist and…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Named as One of the Top 5 Growth Brands at 2018 Restaurant Leadership Conference

. Posted in 2018 News

More than 2,000 restaurant industry executives were in attendance when Tropical Smoothie Cafe was recently recognized as one of the Top 5 Growth Brands, based on our sales and unit growth. With sales of $393M and unit growth up 17.4% in 2017, Tropical Smoothie Cafe now looks to build on our momentum by growing to 1,500 Cafes by 2025 While competition remains fierce in the fast-casual space, Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s success reflects other trends in the industry, outlined in a…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Supports the Rebuilding Efforts of Texas in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the country, announced today the reopening of its Rockport, TX Cafe owned by franchisee Pam Farley. The location was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, but Farley and her team are grateful for the overwhelming support of the community. The Rockport cafe will celebrate its reopening on April 23 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Leading up to the opening event, customers will be offered a free smoothie with the purchase of any entrée April 21, $1.99 flatbreads April 22,…

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Multi-Unit Owners Buzzing About Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2018 News

Members of Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Franchise Development Team and some of our Multi-unit Franchise Owners were in attendance at the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference (MUFC) in Las Vegas. The Conference is a must-attend event for multi-unit owners of other franchise brands checking out concepts to add to their portfolios. They had the chance to hear from Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners Craig LeMieux and Emily Harrington who spoke at sessions during the Conference. Craig LeMieux and his wife Dianne joined Tropical Smoothie…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners Are Going Places!

. Posted in 2018 News

At Tropical Smoothie Cafe our mission is shared by our Franchise Owners to inspire a healthier lifestyle by providing better-for-you food and smoothies with a bit of tropical fun. Take a look at our newest openings and the play-to-win Franchise Owners behind the Cafes! – Roswell, Georgia: Diane and Cuyler Esposito are both passionate about the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand, which is why they have opened their third Cafe in only two years’ time! They both have a play-to-win attitude that…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Secures up to $20 Million in Available Franchisee Financing through ApplePie Capital to Help Fuel Franchise Growth

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the country, announced today it is working with ApplePie Capital to offer new and existing franchisees access to up to $20 million in debt capital to drive continued expansion across the U.S. “Tropical Smoothie Cafe is committed to helping our franchisees grow and prosper, and we are excited to launch this program with ApplePie. They are franchising professionals who understand the needs of our franchisees to help foster their…

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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 speaking at the sessions. Craig LeMieux is a current Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owner and Area Developer with previous experience as a CEO and partner at a bingo gaming distribution company. He and his wife, Dianne, joined Tropical…

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March has Been a Slam Dunk at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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It’s madness at Tropical Smoothie Cafe with tons of Franchise Owners opening Cafes in their neighborhoods. Take a look at the newest openings this month! – Arvada, Colorado: James and Michelle Dye moved to Colorado, where they quickly realized one of their favorite local Ohio brands, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, was needed in the market. James is well versed in people and resource management from his 30-year military career, and Michelle works for the State of Colorado as a budget analyst. They have passion…

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Chicagoland Loves Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2018 News

Phil Knippen is not a newcomer to franchising. He has been a Franchise Owner in other concepts for more than 30 years. So, when he and his wife, Theresa, went to a franchise show in 2011, they were merely looking to see what was out there. Then they came upon Tropical Smoothie Cafe. “We sampled the food and smoothies, and we were sold. We loved the product,” said Theresa. “When we met with the corporate staff, we were impressed by…

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Elite Runner Loves Running her Tropical Smoothie Cafes

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Christina Noordstar and her husband, Quint, opened their first Tropical Smoothie Cafe 15 years ago and just kept going. Quint’s background was in construction and development. Christina is an elite triathlete and distance runner who was attracted to the brand because it encourages healthy choices and a healthy lifestyle. In keeping with Christina’s philosophy that life is a marathon rather than a sprint, they have steadily been opening Cafes in the Tampa area in their role as Tropical Smoothie Cafe…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe names 2018 Franchisees of the Year

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No matter what career you’re in, everyone loves being recognized for the hard work and dedication they put into it. Such is the case for three Franchise Owners who were recently recognized as Franchisees of the Year at Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s biennial convention.   Jason McCulley is a Franchise Owner with one open location in Rapid City, South Dakota, and another under construction. He was recognized as Single-Unit Franchisee of the Year for his impressive first year sales, his in-store…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Leadership Reveals the Top Three Things a Successful Franchisor Does Well and Much More in This Podcast.

. Posted in 2018 News

Despite a heavy schedule of meetings and panels, Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Mike Rotondo, CEO, and Charles Watson, Chief Development Officer, took time for an interview during the International Franchise Association Conference. Rotondo talks about what it takes to run a successful franchise, Watson gives some business advice to Millennials, and both of them dish on what business books they go back to again and again for inspiration. Click the play button above to listen to the full Modern Business Podcast…

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So Much Excitement, We Wish We Could Bottle It.

. Posted in 2018 News

Every year, Tropical Smoothie Cafe hosts its annual convention, where Franchise Owners and staff members gather to share information, network with the Leadership Team, and yes, kick up their heels a bit. This year’s convention was held at Chateau Elan, a winery an hour outside Atlanta. Franchise Owners participated in breakout sessions throughout their stay and learned from each other and Leadership about what was key to our success in 2017.  The event culminated with the coveted Franchisee of the…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Announces 2018 Franchisee of the Year Nominees

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is gearing up for our semi-annual conference, held at Chateau Elan in Georgia 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 2018 Franchisee of the Year nominees: Brandon Korman Ray & Joy Howell Glen Johnson & Nick Crouch Jason McCulley Reginald…

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Looking to Buy a Franchise? Multi-Unit Owners Offer Advice.

. Posted in 2018 News, Success Stories

Craig and Dianne LeMieux have two pieces of advice for anyone looking to own their own franchise business: Follow the system, and Never quit, no matter what comes up. Their perseverance has served them well as they continue to add to their Tropical Smoothie Cafe portfolio, currently at 50 cafes, with 39 more in development. Their business philosophy has also sustained them in their role as Area Developers for Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Michigan and Ohio, and more recently in…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners Grow the Brand’s Footprint

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s growth is fueled by its play-to-win Franchise Owners and ever-changing product innovations. Check out three of the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners that plan to grow with Tropical Smoothie Cafe across the country! Albuquerque, New Mexico: Nathan and Jacob Miller were the first to bring Tropical Smoothie Cafe to the Albuquerque, New Mexico market in 2016. They are excited open their second Cafe and to continue their growth with Tropical Smoothie Cafe by planning to open…

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New Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners Put Their Passion Into Play

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At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, we pride ourselves on strong culture and our play-to-win Franchise Owners. Take a look at two of the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners that already represent the passion and culture of the brand!   LaPlata, Maryland: This is Jacob Razeq’s first solo Cafe, as he currently partners with his brother Abe Razeq in Dalghren, Virginia. Jacob came to Tropical Smoothie Cafe with previous franchise experience as a Franchise Owner of a sandwich company. He is…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Closes Out January with More Grand Openings

. Posted in 2018 News

In 2017, Tropical Smoothie Cafe saw tremendous growth with the opening of more than 100 Cafes, and the momentum has carried the brand through to 2018. Rounding out a strong month of grand openings are the following: Shelby Township, Michigan: Paul Dudgeon has been a part of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family for the last two years and continues to grow his Cafe empire in the state of Michigan. He currently has nine Cafes open and is looking to expand…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Racks Up More Awards in Its Already Impressive “Trophy Case”

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

Franchise Owner Bobbilyn Lynn first experienced Tropical Smoothie Cafe while driving her athlete daughters to sporting events across the region. While they racked up trophies, she began thinking about what her next business opportunity would be and landed on opening her own Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise in Pittsburgh, PA. Stories like hers and many others are what has been propelling growth for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, especially in the last few years. “There is a tremendous amount of momentum for our…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Surpasses Franchise Development Goals and Expands Nationwide Presence in 2017

. Posted in 2018 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 significant achievements in 2017, opening 101 new Cafes and signing 187 agreements that will grow the brand’s footprint in markets nationwide. In addition to propelling development, the award-winning food and smoothie franchise reported comp sales of 3.3%, marking the brand’s sixth consecutive year of positive growth. In its 20th anniversary year, Tropical Smoothie Cafe reached notable milestones in…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Continues Northeast Expansion with New Restaurant in Rhode Island

. Posted in 2018 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 newest franchised location is opening in Providence, Rhode Island on January 12th. The new location is owned and operated by multi-unit franchisee Sneha Sabnani and marks the brand’s second location in Rhode Island, with an additional one slated to open in Cranston this summer. Tropical Smoothie Cafe identified the Northeast as a prime market for development and the…

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Smart Growth is Fueling Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Rise on Fast & Serious Ranking

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

In 2016, Tropical Smoothie Cafe introduced their Tropical Rewards app that lets customers order ahead and then jump the line to pick up their food and smoothies at their local Cafe. In similar fashion, our fast-casual concept has jumped an impressive 11 spaces from its 2017 ranking, advancing to #14 on Franchise Times Fast & Serious ranking. Tropical Smoothie Cafe has been on a roll as of late, adding 188 locations last year for a total of 629, many from…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Starts 2018 with Three Openings

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe started out the New Year strong with three openings in the first eight days. Congratulations to the franchisees. Check out their stories here: Tampa, Florida: Multi-Unit Franchise Owner Emily Harrington celebrated the opening of her newest Cafe by rewarding her first 50 customers with free smoothies for a year on Grand Opening Day. She loves the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand and shares our vision, which is why her goal is to own 50 Cafes. Emily says, “I…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs Franchise Agreement for 26 New Restaurants in Texas and Georgia

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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 largest franchisee DYNE Hospitality Group has signed a multi-unit agreement that will bring 26 new cafes to the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and Savannah, Georgia markets. The brand has made significant strides with franchise development and is experiencing tremendous momentum on the heels of a successful 2017, with their aggressive efforts resulting in the execution of more than…

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