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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Gets a Peach of an Accolade

. Posted in 2018 News

The food and smoothie franchise is recognized as one of the top 50 Atlanta private companies. Atlanta has many charms to recommend it as a place to live, play, and work — perhaps that is why more than 150,000 companies call it home. It is also headquarters for some of the country’s most recognizable franchise brands, including our corporate support center at Tropical Smoothie Cafe. We recently received a shout-out from the Atlanta Business Chronicle with a ranking of #31…

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When Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hosts an Event, Florida RSVPs YES

. Posted in 2018 News

Interest is high for franchise opportunity in key markets like Tampa and Orlando, Florida. More than twenty years ago, Tropical Smoothie Cafe began in a beachside shop in Destin, Florida. This past September, Tropical Smoothie Cafe returned to its Florida roots to host two well-attended in-market franchise events in Tampa and Orlando. We invited people interested in becoming Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners to an existing Cafe to meet with our support center team. There was a great showing of franchisees…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Continues Expansion in Ohio with Six-Unit Development Deal

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest-growing franchise concepts in the country, is excited to announce the signing of a six-unit development agreement with franchising veterans Kevin and Mike Couchman, which will expand the brand’s presence throughout Ohio. The first of the new Ohio cafes is slated to open in Columbus in summer 2019. With momentum from Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s development efforts, a strong pipeline of grand openings and recognition in prominent industry awards such as QSR Magazine’s Best Franchise…

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Franchise Times Reports Largest Franchised Brands Double Yearly Sales Gains

. Posted in 2018 News

The 200 largest U.S.-based franchisors grew their combined annual sales by more than $28.5 billion or 4.6 percent last year, to $644.8 billion, with most categories seeing across-the-board gains well above the previous year, according to the newly released Franchise Times Top 200+, an exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises. That was up from $616.2 billion and a growth rate of 3.4 percent the prior year.   The 10 largest franchised brands added $14.3 billion in sales, a 5 percent surge compared to that cohort’s $7.8 billion or…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Targets Orlando and Tampa For Expansion

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the country, is proud to announce its aggressive franchise development plans for the Orlando and Tampa areas, and is currently seeking qualified entrepreneurs to open new restaurants throughout the two markets. To kick off the brand’s expansion efforts, Chief Development Officer and Interim CEO Charles Watson will be hosting an informative event at the Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Orlando, located at 3030 E. Semoran Blvd, Apopka, on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 pm and another event in Tampa at 1840 Gulf to…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens 700th Location

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is opening its 700th location in the system, which will open on August 24, 2018 in Hurst, Texas. This milestone showcases Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s rapid growth since launching in Destin, Fla., more than 20 years ago and gets the company closer to reaching its goal of opening 120 new cafes in 2018. “Opening our 700th location is such an amazing accomplishment and testament to the strength of the brand,” says Charles Watson, interim CEO of Tropical Smoothie…

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Franchise Owner Grant Watkins Opens His First Tropical Smoothie Cafe. One Hundred People Stand in Line to Experience the Brand.

. Posted in 2018 News

Grant Watkins first tried Tropical Smoothie Cafe while attending college at the University of South Florida in Tampa. His go-to meal back then was the Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich and a Banana Smoothie. Now, with his first West Texas franchise business in San Angelo, he shares his love of the brand with people who may never have tried Tropical Smoothie Cafe, but are psyched to get their hands on it. “There’s really nothing like this in West Texas, so there…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Keeps its Eye on the Ball and Watches the Wins Pile up.

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has recently received a number of accolades from franchise industry publications for being one of the best franchises across multiple categories. These rankings are based on a number of factors, including sales and percent of growth in the year preceding the publications. Last year, a notable accomplishment was our 2017 sales figure of $393M, a 35% jump from the previous year. Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Interim CEO and Chief Development Officer, Charles Watson, a former college football player,…

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More women are Choosing to Become Franchise Owners. Here’s the Story of Two Female Franchise Owners who Joined Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

. Posted in 2018 News

There have always been female Franchise Owners, but what was once a trickle has now become a powerful river. A recent report commissioned by the International Franchise Association (IFA) shows that owning a franchise business has become more popular than ever for women. In 2017, 30.6 percent of franchises were women-owned. That’s up from 20.5 percent in 2012, a 50 percent increase.* Reflecting this trend are two Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners, Julie Munson and Jen Moore. We talked with…

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For Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners, Giving Back to Their Community Starts with the People They Hire

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners don’t just bring great food and smoothies to their communities, they also bring opportunity in the form of jobs. As nearly one in three Americans get their first job at a restaurant, a large portion of Tropical Smoothie Cafe staff might be working their first job. For Nicole and Dennis Drake, who own two Tropical Smoothie Cafes, many of their employees are high school and college students, so they go beyond recruiting staff and acting…

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2018 on Track to be a Banner Year for Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise opportunities in the country, continues its momentum by opening 59 new Cafes and signing 129 franchise agreements in 2018. This represents the brand’s expansion into top priority growth markets such as Atlanta, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, and keeps the company on track to reach its goal of opening 120 new Cafes by the end of this year. In addition to propelling development, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has also experienced a 6.6 percent…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Supports Camp Sunshine in a BIG Way with More than $6.3 Million Raised.

. Posted in 2018 News

Each year, Tropical Smoothie Cafe holds our National Flip Flop Day event at cafes across the nation. During this annual one-day customer appreciation event, held June 15, 2018, we handed out free 16 oz. smoothies to customers who arrived wearing flip-flops. The event also raises awareness for our national charitable partner, Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families held in Casco, Maine. In the eleven years that we have participated, we have raised more than…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Debuts Cafe at ICSC RECon

. Posted in 2018 News

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe development team descended on Las Vegas for the annual International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon The Global Retail Real Estate Convention May 20-23. A replica of a Tropical Smoothie Cafe location provided the back drop for the brand at the event. Along with the store prototype, the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team served 5000+ smoothies and sandwiches over 12 hours in 2 days. “Most consumers know us for our amazing smoothies,” commented Charles Watson, Chief Development…

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Former Stockbroker Shares His Love for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Bonds with His Staff

. Posted in 2018 News

Watching Wall Street is what Matt Mawdsley used to do in his role as a stockbroker in Missouri. But when it was time for lunch or a snack, he’d hit the street his office was on and head to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe next door.   He liked the better-for-you food and smoothies, and because he is married to a professional body-builder and has five kids, eating healthier is a way of life for them. Naturally, he liked that Tropical…

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Multi-Unit Owners Buzzing About Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2018 News

Members of Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Franchise Development Team and some of our Multi-unit Franchise Owners were in attendance at the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference (MUFC) in Las Vegas. The Conference is a must-attend event for multi-unit owners of other franchise brands checking out concepts to add to their portfolios. They had the chance to hear from Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners Craig LeMieux and Emily Harrington who spoke at sessions during the Conference. Craig LeMieux and his wife Dianne joined Tropical Smoothie…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe names 2018 Franchisees of the Year

. Posted in 2018 News

No matter what career you’re in, everyone loves being recognized for the hard work and dedication they put into it. Such is the case for three Franchise Owners who were recently recognized as Franchisees of the Year at Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s biennial convention.   Jason McCulley is a Franchise Owner with one open location in Rapid City, South Dakota, and another under construction. He was recognized as Single-Unit Franchisee of the Year for his impressive first year sales, his in-store…

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