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

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, A Franchise for Veterans

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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

. Posted in 2017 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 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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Teen’s Viral Tweet Earns Her Free Smoothies for a Decade & Smoothies for her High School

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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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Technology Helps Tropical Smoothie Cafe Stay Smart

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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’s Growth Impacts Job Market

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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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Glen Johnson’s Path to Building a Franchise Empire

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Multi-Unit Owners to Speak at MUFC

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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

. Posted in 2017 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 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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Opens Michigan’s 50th Location

. Posted in 2017 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 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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Economic Good News Spurred by Growth in the Franchise Industry

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Achieves Significant Growth and Nationwide Expansion in 2016

. Posted in 2017 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 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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Celebrates 250+ Spot Leap on Entrepreneur 500 Listing

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured, Success Stories

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

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

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

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Experiences Unprecedented Growth as it Closes Out First Half of 2016

. 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 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

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

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

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured, Success Stories

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 Opens 500th Location in Westland, Michigan

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

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

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

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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Nick Crouch Named Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchisee of the Year

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured, Success Stories

Tropical Smoothie Cafe holds a semi-annual conference for their franchisees to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize outstanding leadership. It was at this year’s 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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Packing a New AUV for Multi-Unit Franchise Conference this Month

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

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: 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 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 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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Why Own A Healthy Food Franchise?

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

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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