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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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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 Ranked in QSR’s Best Franchise Deals for Franchisee Satisfaction

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

If you’re looking to buy a franchise, you will want to look at the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), develop a business plan, and run the numbers forward, backward, and sideways. But, perhaps one of the most telling facts about the health of a franchise brand is what its successful Franchise Owners have to say. Each year, leading industry publications also tout the performance of franchise brands across the industry with annual rankings. When the two collide to rank the best…

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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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At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, We Play to Win. And We’re on a Winning Streak!

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe was recently ranked by Forbes as one of the Best Franchises to Buy in the Medium Investment category. Rankings are determined by FRANdata from a list of 3,300 active franchise brands and are based on a variety of criteria including:     This honor is heralding another great year for the brand.   Tropical Smoothie Cafe is hitting on all cylinders with an average gross sales of 873,254* and more than 345 Cafes opening in the last…

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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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Accelerates Development In The Midwest

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the country, announced today its aggressive franchise development plans for the Midwest, specifically targeting Ohio and Illinois. With momentum from new franchise agreements and a strong pipeline of upcoming grand openings, the brand is continuing to target the Midwest for additional growth and is seeking qualified entrepreneurs to expand the brand’s presence throughout the region.   “The Midwest is a key area for development and while we have an existing presence in…

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Matt Mawdsley

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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A Play-to-Win Culture has Tropical Smoothie Cafe Leading the Pack

. Posted in 2018 News

Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, was the keynote speaker at an IFA Franchise Development Seminar in Minneapolis on May 16, 2018. His talk titled, “Selling Culture”, focused on how franchise brands can promote their mission and culture to drive Franchise Owner recruitment and spur growth. Rotondo outlined the four key values Tropical Smoothie Cafe is based on:   Rotondo also outlined the qualities prospective Franchise Owners should embody: By adhering to these values and qualities and looking for…

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Chief Development Officer Charles Watson

Business Lessons from Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Chief Development Officer

. Posted in 2018 News

Charles Watson, Chief Development Officer for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, was recently featured in the Crain’s feature, ‘If I Knew Then…’ The series highlights business leaders reflecting on how mistakes they made in their careers have taught them important lessons they now use in their positions. For CDO Charles Watson, a fateful meeting taught him the importance of aligning with leadership and their goals. For Tropical Smoothie Cafe, that goal was driving the growth of the business. In the intervening years…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Propels Franchise Expansion in Indiana

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the country, announced today it has signed a franchise development agreement to expand its presence in Indiana. The brand’s existing franchisees, David and Ruth Buko, alongside first-time Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisee James Volpert, will be developing eight Cafes throughout the Indianapolis area, with the first two locations expected to open in Hamilton and Boone counties in 2019. “We’re continuing to accelerate development in emerging markets like Indianapolis as a…

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Leading with Intention. Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s CEO Shares his Leadership Advice.

. Posted in 2018 News

Any businessperson knows there is no shortage of leadership advice out there but now there’s a new platform for how leadership can drive wellness in the workplace. The online media hub, Thrive Global, recently interviewed Mike Rotondo for his take on achieving balance, making lifestyle changes, and what it takes to lead a company through an incredible growth phase. People who have met Rotondo know that he is a gregarious guy—one of those people who is an engaged conversationalist and…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Named as One of the Top 5 Growth Brands at 2018 Restaurant Leadership Conference

. Posted in 2018 News

More than 2,000 restaurant industry executives were in attendance when Tropical Smoothie Cafe was recently recognized as one of the Top 5 Growth Brands, based on our sales and unit growth. With sales of $393M and unit growth up 17.4% in 2017, Tropical Smoothie Cafe now looks to build on our momentum by growing to 1,500 Cafes by 2025 While competition remains fierce in the fast-casual space, Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s success reflects other trends in the industry, outlined in a…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Supports the Rebuilding Efforts of Texas in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

. Posted in 2018 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, one of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the country, announced today the reopening of its Rockport, TX Cafe owned by franchisee Pam Farley. The location was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, but Farley and her team are grateful for the overwhelming support of the community. The Rockport cafe will celebrate its reopening on April 23 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Leading up to the opening event, customers will be offered a free smoothie with the purchase of any entrée April 21, $1.99 flatbreads April 22,…

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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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Announces 2018 Franchisee of the Year Nominees

. Posted in 2018 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is gearing up for our semi-annual conference, held at Chateau Elan in Georgia this year. The conference not only allows the opportunity for franchisees to meet with other franchisees and the company’s corporate team, but to recognize franchisees going above and beyond to represent Tropical Smoothie Cafe exceptionally in their markets. We are excited to announce the 2018 Franchisee of the Year nominees: Brandon Korman Ray & Joy Howell Glen Johnson & Nick Crouch Jason McCulley Reginald…

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