Chicagoland Loves Tropical Smoothie Cafe
March 19, 2018
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 their energy. They are very positive and excited about growing the brand,” Phil added.
The brand’s play-to-win attitude is infectious, and it has spurred Phil and Theresa’s aggressive growth plans. In addition to their first Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in the Southwest suburbs of Illinois, they recently opened a second location and have begun construction on their third.
The Knippens are thrilled by the response they have gotten to their Cafes in the Chicagoland area. So is Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Mike Rotondo. “Chicago is my hometown, so it’s great to see our franchisees do so well in a new market like this. It’s a testament to the brand,” said Mike.
“With the buzz we have in our communities, we should have no problem opening more locations,” Phil said.
“Illinois is an exciting up-and-coming opportunity for investors. This market is ready to take off,” commented Charles Watson, Chief Development Officer. QSR Magazine named Chicago one of the 10 Best Cities to Open a Quick-Service Restaurant.
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