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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Surpasses Franchise Development Goals and Expands Nationwide Presence in 2017

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast-casual Cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today its significant achievements in 2017, opening 101 new Cafes and signing 187 agreements that will grow the brand’s footprint in markets nationwide. In addition to propelling development, the award-winning food and smoothie franchise reported comp sales of 3.3%, marking the brand’s sixth consecutive year of positive growth. In its 20th anniversary year, Tropical Smoothie Cafe reached notable milestones in…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Continues Northeast Expansion with New Restaurant in Rhode Island

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual Cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today its newest franchised location is opening in Providence, Rhode Island on January 12th. The new location is owned and operated by multi-unit franchisee Sneha Sabnani and marks the brand’s second location in Rhode Island, with an additional one slated to open in Cranston this summer. Tropical Smoothie Cafe identified the Northeast as a prime market for development and the…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs Multi-Unit Deal to Expand Concept in Florida

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual Cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today franchise and foodservice veteran Emily Harrington has signed her second multi-unit franchise agreement with the company in less than a year to develop eight more cafes throughout Florida. Harrington currently has four locations open in Tampa with her fifth slated to open in January 2018. Development plans for the additional eight cafes are currently underway, which are slated…

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Show me the flavor! Menu revamp delivers on consumer demand.

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

Consumer demand in the food & beverage industry is constantly changing – customers are choosing to put their money towards freshly prepared, healthier food with seasonal ingredients and bolder flavors. Google recently released a study on beverage trends expanding further on customer preferences – the newest of which are earthy flavors, transparency in how beverages are made, and health benefits.   Menu trendsetter Tropical Smoothie Cafe has long met the desire for better-for-you food and smoothies with flavors that pack…

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CEO Mike Rotondo Named to “Best Leaders of 2017” List

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

Each year, Franchise Business Review releases their “Best Leaders of 2017” list and Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Mike Rotondo has earned his place alongside other franchise officers.   The executives featured on the list were compiled as a result of franchisees providing positive feedback regarding their franchise’s leadership during a recent franchisee satisfaction survey. To identify this year’s top franchise leaders, Franchise Business Review analyzed 18 months of data from 30,000 franchisees representing 334 brands as franchisees evaluated their brand’s leadership…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Adds to the Trophy Case

. Posted in 2017 News

2017 is off to a great start for Tropical Smoothie Cafe! With an AUV of over $846,000*, more than 500 new franchises sold in the last 3 years and a total of 600 Cafes open coast-to-coast, our numbers speak for themselves.   And the industry is noticing. We’re proud to place the following awards in our virtual trophy case: Atlanta Business Chronicle – Top 25 Atlanta-Based Franchises (Ranked #9) Entrepreneur – Franchise 500 (Ranked #140) Entrepreneur – Fastest-Growing Franchises Entrepreneur –…

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Michigan Brothers Open Second Cafe in Commerce Township

. Posted in 2017 News

This is the second Tropical Smoothie Cafe opening within the last two months for brothers, James and Mark White. Seasoned Franchise Owners before joining the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family, James and Mark are thrilled to have construction complete and cafe doors open for business on Carroll Lake Rd in Commerce Township.  Both brothers place heavy emphasis on crew training, with the belief that a trained staff equates to a happy customer and a happy work environment.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Experiences Strong First Quarter With System Wide Growth and Positive Comp Sales

. Posted in 2017 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual Cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today that during the first quarter of 2017, it signed franchise agreements to open 30 restaurants, which will expand the brand’s presence in new and existing markets nationwide, including Idaho, South Carolina, Maryland,California and Arkansas. Tropical Smoothie Cafe also opened 30 new locations throughout the country, resulting in a total of 570 open restaurants at the end of the first…

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Owner Relies on Franchise Process

. Posted in 2017 News

Jeff Walker is a busy business professional, but owning a company with four retail locations in the Charleston market didn’t keep him from adding a Tropical Smoothie franchise to his portfolio. Drawn to the franchise opportunity because of its exceptional proven processes, he is excited to get started running his Cafes! He is looking to develop locations in Mt. Pleasant and has opened his first Cafe at 1787 Shell Ring Circle.

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10-Pack Deal Grows North Carolina Cafe Counts

. Posted in 2017 News

John Agori and Mark Rein recently signed a 10-pack deal with Tropical Smoothie Cafe. John’s family will be helping with operations and his brother is running the day-to-day of the Cafe. If all goes according to plan, they hope to have all 10 Cafes open within 3 years. North Carolina should buckle up for the tropical goodness to come!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs Franchise Agreement to Open 20 New Locations in Texas

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

  Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it signed a franchise development agreement with Glen Johnson to expand the brand’s presence throughout the state of Texas. Johnson will be opening 20 new cafes, the first of which opened earlier this month in Lubbock, Texas. “Glen Johnson has been an integral part Tropical Smoothie’s continued success and franchise development since signing his first agreement in…

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Family Opens Cafes in Tennessee

. Posted in 2017 News

Congratulations to Jason, Jody, Amy and Raquel Willeman! With immense excitement about the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand, they have opened their first two locations in Afton and Farragut. But this is just the beginning! With their extensive experience running a full-service family restaurant and managing teams, they have future plans to continue growing with TSC.   AFTON 230 Keller Rd. Afton, TN 37616   FARRAGUT 119 Lovell Road Farragut, TN 37934

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Area Developer Opens 3rd Location

. Posted in 2017 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is proud to announce another Cafe opening! Existing Franchise Owner and Area Developer Kimberly Rego’s newest Cafe has opened in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This is the third location she has added to her portfolio since becoming a die-hard brand fan in 2007 and joining the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team. And she’s even more excited to dive into real estate selection on her fourth Cafe! We can’t wait to celebrate another one of her Cafe’s grand opening…

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Texas Brand Fans Open First Cafe in Fort Worth

. Posted in 2017 News

Congratulations to Franchise Owners Vivek and Heena Ajbani on the opening of their Cafe in Fort Worth, Texas! Vivek and Heena have been watching the growth of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand for several years as they became brand fans and were interested in exploring Tropical Smoothie Cafe as a business venture. While this Fort Worth location is their first, they have a goal of becoming multi-unit owner/operators. We are excited to grow with them!   Visit their location: 2700…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Achieves Significant Growth and Nationwide Expansion in 2016

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

  Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it reported positive comp sales of 4 percent in 2016, resulting in comp sales exceeding 26 percent over the last three years. The award-winning food and smoothie franchise also signed franchise agreements to develop more than 160 new Cafes across the U.S. and closed out the year with 86 new restaurant openings, expanding the brand’s presence in…

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Father-Son Duo Opens Newest Pennsylvania Cafe

. Posted in 2017 News

Father-son duo, Rick and Brad Evans, are far from newbies to the restaurant industry. Rick’s dad owned a restaurant for 40 years and grew up working there. His son Brad has been in the business for 17 years, running a family restaurant in Maryland for 7 years, and working in an array of other restaurants for 10. We are excited to have them put their valuable restaurant experience towards becoming Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners. The newest Cafe is now open…

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Experienced Franchise Owner Opens 8th Location

. Posted in 2016 News

Paul Dudgeon is an old pro at opening Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations and he should be, as he’s done it 7 times before. His newest location is in St. Clair Shores, Michigan at 30114 Harper Avenue. Not slowing down, he has plans to open several others, 11 to be exact. Congratulations to Paul on his continued growth and expansion!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner Adds to His 20+ Locations

. Posted in 2017 News

Tropical Smoothie is excited to announce that Franchise Owner Glen Johnson has added Tulsa, Oklahoma and Lubbock, Texas locations to his 20+ existing Cafe portfolio. Proving his success with and commitment to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand, Glen was previously awarded Franchisee of the Year and we are thrilled to see his continued growth. Congratulations, Glen!

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Franchise Renaissance Woman Opens Kennesaw Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

With over 30 years of experience in the franchise industry, Debbie Pike has been involved in most facets of the business. Bringing her experience as a franchisor, franchisee, consultant, and CMO for a major food brand, we are thrilled she’s chosen Tropical Smoothie Cafe for her next venture. Debbie and her husband, James, along with Meghan Cook opened their Cafe in Kennesaw, Georgia. The newest location at 777 Townpark Lane, Suite 112 marks the 540th location for Tropical Smoothie Cafe.…

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Multi-Unit Owner Joins Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations to the newest Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owners, Salem Najjar and John Abuaita. Salem is a multi-unit owner with management and ownership experience with several types of businesses (from gas stations to restaurants) and a background in commercial real estate. Visit the newest Cafe in Plymouth, Michigan (41544 Ann Arbor Road).

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Titusville Goes Tropical

. Posted in 2016 News

Existing Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owner Jacqueline Li has partnered with Thomas Chow to open a new Cafe in the Titusville, Florida area. Thomas will be a hands-on owner-operator for his first location and will hire managers to help him run additional Cafes down the road. Swing by the new location (3045 Columbia Blvd., Titusville 32780) to welcome Thomas and Jacqueline.

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Brand Fans Open First Cafe in South Dakota

. Posted in 2016 News

Jason and Megan McCulley are long time brand fans of Tropical Smoothie Cafe and have decided to make it official as the brand’s newest Franchise Owners. Though they live in the Las Vegas market, they operate a zip line business in Rapid City, SD and have decided to open their Cafe there. The location is in a “place to be” neighborhood and marks a notable accomplishment for the brand, bringing the first location to South Dakota and raising the tally…

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Florida Franchise Owners Add Third Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

With two Florida Cafes under their belt, Jim Welzer and Sandra Ramirez recently added a third location in Plantation, Florida. Early on, Sandra will be the main operator of the new location, but will look to hire managers to help run the day-to-day operations down the road. Congratulations to Jim and Sandra on their newest location – third time is the charm!

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Experienced Restaurateurs Choose Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

Kathleen Turetzky and Kenneth Patton IV have broad experience in the foodservice and restaurant industry. From waiting tables to managing a bar, they’ve developed strong skills in both management and business. They’ll be putting these skills to use with their newest venture of becoming Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners. Congratulations! Stop by their location to grab a smoothie and welcome them to Ann Arbor-3400 Washtenaw Ave.

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Franchise Owners Open Two Cafes in Buckhead

. Posted in 2016 News

Cuyler and Diane Esposito knew they wanted to become Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owners, but choosing a market didn’t come as easily. Originally hoping to open in the Kennesaw area, they found out another Franchise Owner had already signed a 10-pack deal there. Back to the drawing board and more determined than ever, they set their sites on Buckhead, Atlanta where they signed agreements to open two locations. Both Cuyler and Diane have backgrounds in management which, when paired with the…

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

. Posted in 2016 News

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…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Pledges Support for Veterans at Marine Corps Marathon

. Posted in 2016 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe would like to congratulate all the runners at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (MCM)! Marking the fourth year of sponsoring the event, Tropical Smoothie was proud to support the marathoners and fuel them with smoothies. Helping people live a healthy life is a core pillar of the brand, making this event particularly fitting. MCM is held annually in Arlington, Virginia and crosses over into Washington D.C. The marathon’s mission is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill,…

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Multi-Unit Owner Chooses Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

Tim O’Reilly brings a wide range of experience to his newest venture as a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner. He practiced as an attorney for 20 years, specializing in State and Federal Court, as well as real estate transactions and has developed, owned, and operated 13 hotels since 2008. With his extensive background in franchising and management, we are excited to add his expertise to our franchise system.  Tim has hired a manager to run the daily Cafe operations for…

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Navy Vet Uses Military Skills to Become a Successful Tropical Smoothie Franchise Owner

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured, Success Stories

Military Times releases an annual list of the best franchise opportunities for veterans based on company culture, performance, costs, and support offered to veterans and their families. This year, Tropical Smoothie is proud to be recognized as a 2017 Best for Vets franchise, one of only three other restaurant brands to make the list. Meet one of our veteran Franchise Owners – Kaleb Warnock.   Prior to becoming a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner, Kaleb Warnock served in the United…

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Mike Rotondo Elected to IFA Board

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is proud to announce that our CEO, Mike Rotondo, has been elected to the International Franchise Association Board of Directors.   We’ve long known of Mike’s ability to revitalize brands and be a visionary throughout his career, but it’s an honor for him to be recognized by the industry. He has spent three decades in franchising and foodservice with brands such as Arby’s, Wendy’s International, HoneyBaked Ham, and Tin Drum Asian Kitchen. In the last five years,…

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Veterans Open First Cafe in South Carolina

. Posted in 2016 News

Roberto Laben and Rylan Miller are the newest veteran Franchise Owners to join the Tropical Smoothie family. With backgrounds in the restaurant industry, they bring their valuable experience to their new Cafe in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Laben and Miller are both active in the military and first tried, and loved, Tropical Smoothie at the location near their Virginia base. They’ve planned to open a series of Cafes since then, and we are excited to congratulate them on their first…

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General Manager Turned Franchise Owner Opens First Cafe in Livonia

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations to Scott Meyer, the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner. Scott worked as a General Manager at the Dearborn, Michigan, Tropical Smoothie Cafe location and actually helped to open it! After spending the last year learning the ropes, he’s ready to open his own location in Livonia, Michigan, and experience the brand as a franchisee.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Named to QSR’s List of Best Franchise Deals

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

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…

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Multi-Unit Owner Mike Philip sees Technology Driving his New Tropical Smoothie Cafe Business

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured, Success Stories

Mike Philip purchased three existing Tropical Smoothie Cafe (TSC) businesses three months ago and already he is on track to open three more. Perhaps three is his lucky number? His decision to add TSC to his business portfolio, along with his existing Einstein Bagels franchise, was motivated by our unique brand position and niche within the fast casual industry. “I think our Cafes speak to the values that our customers hold. They want fresh, healthy food that tastes great and…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Expanding in Houston Over the Next 12 Months

. Posted in 2016 News

When looking for areas of expansion a few years ago, Tropical Smoothie Cafe set their sights on Houston. Data showed that not only was Texas a leading state in restaurant sales, but Houston was outpacing many of the U.S.’s largest cities in restaurant growth. Three years and three deals later, Houston will soon see new Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations popping up over the next year. Franchise Owner, Vanessa Boles will open her location in September, Jignesh Patel will open his…

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Image of some of Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s menu items, including a toasted flatbread, a smoothie, a toasted wrap, and a toasted sandwich.

New Business Adventure

. Posted in 2016 News

Robert Good is the proud owner of one of the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations! Robert currently owns a successful State Farm Insurance Agency in California and he felt it was time to start a new business adventure. His daughter will also be helping run the Cafe and having 7 years of experience in the franchise world, the two have great skill sets to bring to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team. Robert is excited to have daily interaction with his…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Plans Multiple “Fun-raising” Efforts with Goal of $1M for Camp Sunshine

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is about more than just delicious smoothies and fresh, flavorful food. Over the past ten years, we’ve donated nearly $3.7 million to Camp Sunshine, an organization that provides camp experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, completely free of charge.   This year marks Tropical Smoothie’s 10th anniversary partnership with Camp Sunshine. To mark the occasion, we’ve set a goal of raising an additional $1M, the most prominent effort being the annual holiday, National Flip…

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Tropical Smoothie ranked #5 in the Top 100 Movers and Shakers

. Posted in 2016 News

Every year, Fast Casual magazine releases a list of the Top 100 Movers and Shakers, highlighting both the brands and people that bring energy and success to the franchise industry. Judges focus on growth, sales, and innovation across several categories, including technology, design, customer experience, sustainability, and menu offerings.   This year, Tropical Smoothie Cafe scored the #5 spot from the brands featured. The article credits our efforts this past year, highlighting the way we’ve embraced technology with our app-based loyalty, rewards, and…

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Another Tropical Smoothie Cafe for Fort Myers, Florida

. Posted in 2016 News

Here we GROW again!   Tropical Smoothie Cafe is pleased to announce the opening of Ray and Andrew Howell’s 10th Cafe. Ray brings great sales and advertising experience, as well as a background in real estate, to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise. In addition to all of Ray’s expertise as a business owner, his son Andrew has an unwavering passion for the brand as he sets his eyes on opening at least three more Cafes in the area.   Visit Ray, Andrew and their…

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Multi-Unit Owner Dreams

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations to Brad and Steve Sheffield on the grand opening of their Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Daphne, Alabama! This father and son duo is very excited for their Cafe location, as it is one of Brad’s dreams to become a multi-unit owner in the franchise industry. Brad likes that Tropical Smoothie Cafe has a strong plan, systems, and procedures in place for their franchisees in order to help them succeed.

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A New Franchise Portfolio

. Posted in 2016 News

Debbie Lemieux-King comes from a franchise background, working as an area developer and a multi-unit owner. Congratulations are in order for the grand opening of her Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Debbie was looking to expand her franchise portfolio, and we are glad she has joined the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team! This Cafe features a drive-thru, so drive on by soon for our latest smoothie flavors and snacks!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Appoints New Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

. Posted in 2016 News

ATLANTA, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it has appointed Barry Schnur chief financial and administrative officer. In addition to his roles leading the company’s fiscal functions and day-to-day operations, Schnur will play a significant role in developing and implementing technology initiatives for the franchise system. “Barry’s extensive technology background and experience leading software companies makes him a valuable addition…

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Maryland Welcomes Newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe Location

. Posted in 2016 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe would like to congratulate Alkesh, Jigar, Nilay and Shwetank Patel on the grand opening of their cafe in Ellicot, Maryland! All four owners come from various franchise experience, totaling over 15 years, from managing, owning and working in internal positions within the franchise industry. Stop by 9150 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicot Maryland for a fresh smoothie and snack!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise and Kentucky

. Posted in 2016 News

The latest Tropical Smoothie Cafe is now open in Paducah, Kentucky. The three owners, Justin, Tyson and Joey, all have a very strong passion for the franchise and they are hoping to open several other franchise locations soon! Come visit 4793 Village Square Drive Suite H in Paducah, Kentucky, for a fresh snack and smoothie!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Entrepreneur Team

. Posted in 2016 News

James Hensyel and Ryan Seeger are excited about the opening of their latest Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Both owners graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and since graduating, have obtained strong backgrounds in banking, financial services and hospitality. This young, entrepreneur team has established their day-to-day franchise operations, with Ryan being the main contact representative and James being the main operator of the Cafe. They already have a Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in Fargo and due to its successes, they are ready…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Packing a New AUV for Multi-Unit Franchise Conference this Month

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

Name an event at the Multi-Unit Franchise Conference and chances are good we’ll be there. The conference, which runs from the 26-29th of April in Las Vegas, will open with a day on the links. As proud sponsors of the tournament, we’ll be keeping players refreshed with our delicious smoothies.   The night kicks off with a Franchisee-Only Opening Social, also sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe, giving a chance for franchisees to meet and mingle.   Glen Johnson, a Tropical…

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A Franchise Beginning in El Paso

. Posted in 2016 News

The Warnock’s are excited to be opening their very first Tropical Smoothie Cafe, located in sunny El Paso, Texas. Kaleb and Paula also have a second Tropical Smoothie location in the works and they hope to have both locations up and running by the end of 2017. They aim to build out across the rest of El Paso, before expanding into other markets. Kaleb comes from a military background and he feels that this will help immensely when it comes…

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Building a Portfolio

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations are in order for one of our newest franchisees, Sanjay Sehgal, on the opening of his first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Port Washington, New York! Sanjay currently owns two other  businesses, including a sneaker and cell phone store. He is excited to begin his adventure in the food industry with the guidance of the Tropical Smoothie Team. Lean more about all of the opportunities Tropical Smoothie Franchise offers, by visiting our website here.

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Former Athlete-Turned-Tropical Smoothie Franchisee

. Posted in 2016 News

“Opening a business on your own can seem like a pretty intimidating thing, especially when starting over after leaving a different career. That’s why for some, like these former professional athletes and coaches, the best decision to make is to join a different team: a franchise…” Click here to read the rest of the Entrepreneur article about former athletes-turned-franchisees. If you’re ready to invest in a Tropical Smoothie Cafe like Dallas Cowboy’s Everette Brown, fill out the form.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Ranked One of Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises of the Year

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is happy to announce their ranking in Entrepreneur’s 2016 list of Fastest-Growing Franchises of the Year. At number 62, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is the highest ranked food and smoothie franchise. With 199 franchise agreements signed in 2015 for new cafes throughout the US and six consecutive quarters of double-digit positive comp sales, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is seeing the strongest growth in their 19-year history. The healthy fast-food franchise currently boasts an average unit volume of more than…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Targeting Baltimore for Franchise Growth

. Posted in 2015 News

Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it is aggressively targeting Baltimore, MD., for franchise growth. Over the next 3-5 years, the sandwich and smoothie franchise aims to open approximately 25 new locations throughout the state, including 10 in Baltimore. Tropical Smoothie Café currently has five restaurants open in Maryland in Columbia, Waldorf, Gambrills, Pikesville and Frederick.   Tropical Smoothie Café most recently opened the…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs 83 Franchise Agreements during the third quarter of 2015

. Posted in 2015 News

Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced the signing of 83 franchise agreements during the third quarter of 2015 as the brand continues its aggressive nationwide expansion. To date, Tropical Smoothie Café has signed more than 160 development agreements. Additionally, the food and smoothie franchise reported it will open its first café in California in early 2016. Tropical Smoothie Café’s year-to-date same-store sales continue to eclipse…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Signs 77 Franchise Agreements, Reports Same-store Sales of Over 12 Percent

. Posted in 2015 News

Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced the signing of 77 franchise agreements in the first and second quarters of 2015 as the brand continues its aggressive, nationwide expansion. Additionally, the sandwich and smoothie franchise reported year-to-date same-store sales of more than 12 percent. “This year is on track to be our most successful in recent company history,” said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café.…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Recognized by Industry Leaders as a Great Restaurant Franchise to Own

. Posted in 2015 News

It has been quite a year at Tropical Smoothie Café (TSC). With our double-digit sales growth of late, we are getting noticed in industry publications and by industry insiders. Systemwide sales are up 23.2 percent this year, and the brand’s Average Unit Volume is $734,000* – the highest in the company’s 18-year history. A recent article in QSR magazine listed TSC as a “major player on the national scene” and one of 2015’s Best Franchise Deals. This exciting growth also…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Walker, MI

. Posted in 2015 News

Congratulations to Craig LeMieux on the opening of his sixth Tropical Smoothie Café located in Walker, Michigan! Craig is the Area Developer for Tropical Smoothie Café in Michigan and Northern Ohio and is a partner in six open cafés and three cafés in development. This location is extra special to Craig because his two sons, Kyle and Zachary LeMieux, operate and partner in this café. Together, they choose this location after Kyle and Zachary had attended Grand Valley State University…

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CEO Mike Rotondo Featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box for National Flip Flop Day

. Posted in 2015 News

At Tropical Smoothie Café, giving back is an important aspect of our business. So much that we created our own holiday! On June 19th, we celebrated our 8th annual National Flip Flop Day – a holiday designed to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a non-profit organization that offers a retreat for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families. To help make this year’s holiday the best yet, CEO Mike Rotondo took on the CEO Flip Flop Challenge and walked the length…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Kalamazoo, MI

. Posted in 2015 News

Join Tropical Smoothie Café in welcoming Corina Groeger and Eduardo Ramos to the team! Corina and Eduardo recently opened their first café at 4315 West Main Street. Stop by today for a real-fruit smoothie and better-for-you meal or snack!

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How One Franchisee’s Product Idea Ended Up in All Locations

. Posted in 2015 News

Brad Shellen says he and his wife, Marilu, were looking to reinvent themselves when they became Tropical Smoothie Café franchisees in 2010. Little did he know he’d end up helping reinvent the company’s menu. Shellen was inspired to find a way to incorporate an unlikely beverage ingredient—avocado—after a customer (who was a grower) brought a case of them to his Miami restaurant. Looking to Marilu’s native Peru for inspiration, Brad found a cocktail recipe that included avocado, lime and coconut. He began experimenting with…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Targeting Orlando for Franchise Growth

. Posted in 2015 News

Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it is aggressively targeting Orlando, Fla., for franchise growth. Over the next 1-2 years, the sandwich and smoothie franchise aims to open five new locations throughout Orange, Lake and Seminole Counties. Currently, there are nine cafés in the Greater Orlando area. Tropical Smoothie Café franchise executives, including CEO Mike Rotondo, will host a special event on Wednesday, July…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Targeting Tampa for Franchise Growth

. Posted in 2015 News

Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it is aggressively targeting Tampa, Fla., for franchise growth. Over the next 1-2 years, the sandwich and smoothie franchise aims to open approximately 10 new locations in surrounding cities including Palm Harbor, Clearwater Beach and Northdale. Currently, there are four cafés in the Greater Tampa area. Tropical Smoothie Café franchise executives, including CEO Mike Rotondo, will host a…

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The Fast Casual Segment is Fueling Growth in the Restaurant Industry

. Posted in 2015 News

Technomic’s Top 50Chain Restaurant Report confirms that fast casual restaurants increased their collective annual sales by 12.8 percent to $30 billion in 2014, and that growth rate was nearly double the next-largest increase from any other restaurant segment. The report also suggests that there is still plenty of room to increase both sales and the number of units within the U.S. Tropical Smoothie Café (TSC) stands poised to be a leader in this fast-growing category. In 2014, TSC experienced an…

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Why I Sold My Subway Shops to Open a Tropical Smoothie Café Franchise

. Posted in 2015 News, Success Stories

Publisher: Entrepreneur.com Date: March 09, 2015 Linda Morgan is a franchise industry veteran. She began working in the restaurant business at age 16 as an hourly employee at Burger King. In 1990, she and her son-in-law opened their first Subway location. Today, however, they’ve sold their Subway shops and turned to Tropical Smoothie Café. Here’s why they decided to make the switch from sandwiches to smoothies, and what they’ve learned during their decades in the franchising business. Name: Linda Morgan Franchise…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Accelerates Franchise Growth Plans in Philadelphia and Northern New Jersey

. Posted in 2015 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today it is actively pursuing Philadelphia and Northern New Jersey for franchise growth. Over the next 10 years, the sandwich and smoothie franchise expects to open 50 locations throughout the area in communities such as Upper Darby, Conshohocken, Norristown, Germantown, Wynnefield, South Philadelphia and West Philadelphia. “Tropical Smoothie Cafe currently operates just four cafes in New Jersey and Philadelphia,…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Outpaces Fast Casual Industry with 11.4% Growth in Comp Sales

. Posted in 2015 News

Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today its year-end results. The brand celebrated a strong year of growth, including positive comp sales of 11.4 percent and the opening of its 400th location nationwide. Tropical Smoothie Café opened 55 new stores and expanded the brand to several new markets, including Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dallas, Texas. The company also signed franchise development agreements for 101 new locations,…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens Milestone 400th Location

. Posted in 2014 News

Tropical Smoothie Café, known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, has opened its 400th location in Toledo, Ohio, a milestone that underscores the franchise’s rapid growth and solidifies the brand as a leader in the fast-casual industry. Tropical Smoothie Café has opened 40 new locations thus far this year and expects to open 70 by year’s end, an average of more than one per week. The expansion has been fueled by the company’s strong same-store sales increases…

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