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Franchise Owners already benefiting from Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Franchisee Financing Program

Lance Albers

Lance Albers opened his first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in 2007. Diana Schullstrom joined him in 2012, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from her experience as a Regional Manager for a national retail chain. Together, they helped the business grow with Diana’s customer service background helping drive the business. When they decided to open a second location, they turned to Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Franchise Financing Program to help them fund it. Without the loan, they would not have been able to expand because banks remain wary of lending to small businesses, Schullstrom said.

“Local demand for better-for-you food has been stronger than ever, so we wanted to expand to meet that need,” said Schullstrom. “With the credit crunch, we couldn’t count on a loan from traditional sources, which is why we’re thrilled with this program. Buckhead Investment Partners was great to work with.”

Their new location opened in April, 2014 and features the new store design developed by Tropical Smoothie Cafe. “We love the new look so much we are considering opening a third location,” Schullstrom said.

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