Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Named to QSR’s List of Best Franchise Deals
July 18, 2016
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 landed a spot on this year’s list. The article credits CEO Mike Rotondo with giving Tropical Smoothie Cafe a renewed energy through his efforts in engaging Franchise Owners, incorporating technology to establish ease throughout the system, and helping the brand reach the highest Average Unit Volume (AUV) in its 19 year history.
Over the last two years, the brand opened nearly 130 new locations, signed agreements to open 200 more locations across the U.S., and celebrated the opening of their 500th location just last month.
Rotondo and his team aren’t stopping there as they lead efforts on the release of a mobile ordering and payment app and a cafe management tool to help drive store sales, traffic and profitability.
It’s been an awesome year for Tropical Smoothie Cafe and we are proud to place this award in our virtual trophy case next to other recent awards:
- #62 Fastest-Growing Franchises of the Year by Entrepreneur
- #399 2016 Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur
- #17 20 to Watch by Franchise Times
- #34 Fast & Serious by Franchise Times
- Top Franchises 2016 by Franchise Business Review
- #32 Best for Vets: Franchises 2016 by Military Times
- #6 Top 100 Franchises of 2016 by Franchise Gator
- #46 Fastest Growing Franchises 2016 by Franchise Gator
- #37 2016 Pacesetters by Atlanta Business Chronicle
- #5 Top 100 Movers & Shakers- Top 75 Brands by FastCasual.com
- Top 100 Movers & Shakers- Top 25 Executives by FastCasual.com
- #135 Top 500 Chains by Restaurant Business
- Best Franchise Deals by QSR Magazine
- #3943 by Inc 5000
- #6 Fastest Growing Chain by Nation’s Restaurant News
- #213 Top 200+ by Franchise Times
- #35 Best for Vets: Franchises 2017 by Military Times
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