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


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 several years, with her ultimate goal to own at least 50 Cafes.

“As a single mother and business owner, I know all too well how difficult it can be to eat healthy while on the go. I was determined to join a foodservice brand that focuses on making nutritious and delicious food convenient for today’s modern consumer. As a brand that is committed to doing just that and is consistently named as one of the top franchise opportunities for veterans, Tropical Smoothie Cafe was the obvious choice to me,” said Harrington. “From its unique, better-for-you products to its exceptional business model with a proven track record of success, this brand is a standout in the foodservice industry and offers immense potential for franchisees. I’m thrilled to be part of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family and to be coming onboard at a time where the company is positioned for immense growth.”

We are excited to welcome Harrington to Tropical Smoothie Cafe and look forward to the growth we will experience together.

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