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Well-run Franchise Appeals to Veterans

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

When Kaleb Warnock retired from the United States Navy, he went looking for his next opportunity and found it as a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner. Coming from a military background, he was especially impressed by the training the franchise offered. “We learned what would normally take five years in just five months. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a well-run operation,” said Warnock. Veteran Emily Harrington shares his excitement. A former Signal Corps Officer in the United States Army, she is…

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Husband-and-Wife Team Open Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s 26th Texas Location

. Posted in 2017 News, Uncategorized

When Binu and Jagriti Agrawal were introduced to the Tropical Smoothie Cafe brand, they knew that they found the business opportunity they were seeking. Binu had spent decades in his career as an IT consultant. Jagriti was a licensed pharmacist. Both knew that they wanted to switch gears and own their own restaurant concept. “There are countless fast casual franchise opportunities available, but we knew this was the one we wanted to bring to our community,” said Binu. The Agrawal’s…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Signs Franchise Agreement To Open Four New Restaurants In Utah

. 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 it signed a franchise development agreement with area developer Cody Sommer to further expand the brand’s footprint in Utah. Sommer currently operates six existing locations throughout the state, and will be opening four new cafes in Draper, Springville, Herriman and American Fork over the next year. Tropical Smoothie Cafe has experienced a surge in franchise development fueled by several years of compounding success, signing more than 140…

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Minnesota Cafe Opens with a Bang

. Posted in 2017 News

With an existing location open in Savage, Minnesota, Daryl James opened his second Cafe in the state this week. Customer excitement for the new St. Louis Park Cafe was obvious. More than 50 people camped out the night before it opened in hopes of snagging a coveted, “free smoothies for a year” card. See what the buzz is all about by visiting the Cafe for yourself (8140 Highway 7, St. Louis Park).

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Foodservice Background Leads to Pennsylvania Cafe

. Posted in 2017 News

  Shiv Javia is the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner to open his doors in York, Pennsylvania. He will be the main owner/operator of the Cafe focusing on service, managing costs, and following the franchise system. Having been involved in ownership of a major sandwich and taco franchise, he has an extensive food service background and knows what it takes to be successful. He hopes to be a multi-unit owner in Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the future. We look…

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How Nick Crouch Feeds People Well, Treats People Well, and Invests Well with Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2017 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe takes our brand mission to Feed People Well, Treat People Well, and Invest Well seriously. We live this by offering customers healthier alternatives and giving back to our community through our involvement with Camp Sunshine and National Flip Flop Day. On the local level, we rely on our Franchise Owners to exemplify our mantra in the communities they serve. A shining example of this being done well is Franchise Owner, Nick Crouch. With 13 Cafes open and…

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Navy veteran looks to the horizon as his Tropical Smoothie Cafe businesses grow

. Posted in 2017 News

Rylan Miller is 7,327 miles from his Tropical Smoothie Cafe location but it is never far from his mind. Although he has spent the last six months in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, working as a contractor, he has 2 Cafes open in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With plans already in the works to open additional locations in the area, his “empire” will eventually include 5 Tropical Smoothie Cafes. And he, his wife, and his team are just getting started. “We…

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Owners Open Fourth Cafe in Southfield

. Posted in 2017 News

Longstanding partners Craig LeMieux, Dianne LeMieux & Joe Dwyer are opening their fourth Tropical Smoothie Cafe together on Evergreen Road in Southfield, Michigan. As operating partner, Joe Dwyer oversees every aspect of his Cafes to great success. Joe contributes much of his success to his team building efforts inside each of the cafes. Recognizing that training is key and training never stops!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Helps Kids Eat Their Vegetables

. Posted in 2017 News

The “eat your vegetables” adage may be old, but the way kids are meeting their daily fruit and vegetable quotas is new, thanks to Tropical Smoothie Cafe. The brand’s chef, Lake Dawson, was recently featured on a Houston Life segment about how their smoothies help kids have healthier snacking habits without them even realizing it. Depending on their age, kids need 1-3 cups per day of vegetables, but few seem to reach this goal. In the Houston area alone, only 50%…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Dream Team Uses Digital to Build Brand Loyalty

. Posted in 2017 News

Millennials are expected to comprise 75% of the entire U.S. workforce by 2025*. Marketing effectively to this group with their technological prowess and demand for convenience is a challenge for many brands. But, not for Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Recognizing the wave of change with these engaged millennials, they have assembled a Digital Experience Team. Two members of this team are Paula Rotondo and Kira McCabe. Together, they have experience in Marketing, Business, Social Media, Email Marketing, Production, and Reporting, making…

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Accountant Chooses Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Pinole

. Posted in 2017 News

As an accountant, Gary Wagner didn’t take number crunching lightly while researching brands to franchise with. Ultimately he chose Tropical Smoothie Cafe and has become passionate about the brand and it’s potential. He opened the newest Cafe in Pinole, California. Gary will be owner-operator of the location, but has hired an assistant manager for the time being, as he will also be staying in his current job.  

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Smoothies in Shenandoah

. Posted in 2017 News

Father-Daughter Duo, Vanessa Boles and Paul Davis are the newest Tropical Smoothie Cafe owners in Shenandoah, Texas. Vanessa will be the primary operator, running the Cafe day-to-day. Paul has experience as an executive at a food brand and Vanessa has a marketing background. They are both excited to bring healthier options to the Shenandoah community and are committed to training and following the proven systems of Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s franchise system. They believe in the brand so much that they…

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Loxahatchee Owners Bring Business Experience and Brand Passion

. Posted in 2017 News

Extensive food and entertainment business experience brought James and Joretta Spafford to franchising but a passion for the brand led them to Tropical Smoothie Cafe. They are excited to open a location in Loxahatchee, Florida. Jim will be a hands on owner operator for at least the first 6 months at which time they plan to expand with additional locations.  

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Destin Franchise Owner Keeping Things Tropical

. Posted in 2017 News

Having previously worked at a golf & beach resort and as the owner of a snow cone business, Adam Alfonso is keeping things Tropical as our newest Florida Franchise Owner. He has experience managing 60+ employees which will help him as the owner operator of the new Destin Cafe.

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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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Experienced Franchisees Continue to Add Florida Locations

. Posted in 2017 News

Cesar Batista and Karina Cabellero are adding their fifth and sixth Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in the Pembroke Pines area of Florida. Thrilled with the success of their first four Cafes, the duo has placed a strong emphasis on finding the best locations and markets to meet demand in the Florida area. Their newest Cafe has opened at 756 NW 170th Terrace and they plan to open their next location as soon as they find a location. We are excited to…

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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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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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Michigan Multi-Unit Franchisees Open 3rd Cafe

. Posted in 2017 News

Ruth and David Buko are tried and true multi-unit franchisees with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family. By trade, Ruth is an attorney and David is a sales executive. In addition to these careers, the Bukos already operate two successful Cafes in Michigan, their first in 2012 on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing and the second in 2014 on State Street in Saginaw. A third Cafe on W. Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing is a welcomed addition to their Cafe…

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Experienced Franchisees Choose Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2017 News

Varco Franchise, LLC is part of a large firm that owns numerous retail centers, a construction firm, an insurance franchise company, and most recently, two Tropical Smoothie Cafes. A natural fit to incorporate into their existing retail centers, their first two Texas Cafes are in Brownsville (3230 Pablo Kisel Blvd.) and South Padre Island (410 Padre Blvd.). Not stopping there, the franchise group has plans for further development. Welcome aboard!

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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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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 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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Hospitality Experience Equips Franchise Owners for Impressive Growth in CA

. Posted in 2016 News

With 20+ years in the Hospitality Industry under their belts, Malwinder and Parvinder Sidhu’s next adventure will be with Tropical Smoothie Cafe. They’ve owned and managed several major hotels throughout the country. Using the skills they honed in Hospitality, they recently added 20 Tropical Smoothie Cafes to their impressive portfolio, giving them exclusivity in both Orange and San Diego counties. Congratulations to the Sidhu’s!

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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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NRN Features Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Chains

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) has been reporting on the food service industry since 1967. Everything from small town shop creations to large chain transactions can be found in their content. NRN has released their annual report 2016 Second 100: A look at the 10 Fastest-Growing Chains, and we are excited to share that Tropical Smoothie Cafe has been named number six on this list! Read the full article about Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s growth over the last year, here.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Experiences Unprecedented Growth as it Closes Out First Half of 2016

. Posted in 2016 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 tremendous success in the first half of 2016. Following a year where the company experienced the strongest growth in its 19-year history, the momentum is continuing as the sandwich and smoothie franchise reported a 6.4 percent increase in same-store sales and signed franchise agreements to develop 80 new Cafes across the U.S., including in Albuquerque, Atlanta, Charleston, Houston…

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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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Featured on Extra for National Flip Flop Day

. Posted in 2016 News

Amidst the excitement surrounding National Flip Flop Day on June 17th, Tropical Smoothie was featured on Extra with Mario Lopez. We are proud of our 10-year partnership with Camp Sunshine, who provide retreat experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. All 500 Tropical Smoothie locations participated in this year’s event with customers encouraged to donate throughout the month of June. Watch our CEO, Mike Rotondo in the full clip here.

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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 in New York

. Posted in 2016 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe would like to congratulate Frank and his wife Cindy Mirabella on the opening of their Cafe in Staten Island, New York. This duo joins the Tropical Smoothie Cafe team with years of prior restaurant experience, as well as business leadership experience. Their son will also help run the Staten Island Cafe, and they already have plans for success as they will be hiring a part time manager to assist with the location.

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Franchisee Nick Crouch Continues to Grow with Tropical Smoothie

. Posted in 2016 News

It has been a great year for Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisee, Nick Crouch. Nick was recently named Franchisee of the Year for his successes as a TSC Franchise Owner and his dedication to the brand. He recently opened a location in Palm Coast, Florida, followed just a few months later by a Cafe in Yulee and then, Jacksonville. Tropical Smoothie is very excited that Nick is continuing to grow with the brand. Congrats, Nick!

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Hard Work Pays Off in Nevada

. Posted in 2016 News

Franchisee Mark Lukachko believes hard work and dedication to the company are two of the basic ingredients that promote business success. With these two ingredients in mind, Mark has opened an additional Nevada Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Las Vegas. We are excited to see his Cafes grow and look forward to him bringing more Cafes to the area in the future!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Opens 500th Location in Westland, Michigan

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has been experiencing tremendous growth. One location in particular is a big milestone for the brand. Franchise Owners, Salem Najjar and John Abuaita, are opening their first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Westland, Michigan, marking the brand’s 500th location.   “We are thrilled to join forces with such a dynamic brand. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a much healthier alternative to most of the fast casual restaurants currently in the market, and we are eager to introduce this concept…

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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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A Blender-Focused Business

. Posted in 2016 News

At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 50% of our sales are from smoothies. Our blenders play a big role in our business! Tropical Smoothie Cafe offers an interactive and upbeat experience for our visitors and the noise of the blenders helps reinforce the fast-paced lifestyle of our customers. Because we want to create the best and safest environment for our customers, some Cafe locations are also testing having color coded blenders to separate the different kinds of smoothies, as well as help…

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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 Food Trends Already on the Menu at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

A new year means new trends for the food industry. According to forecasts from experts in the restaurant biz, while taste, price, and quality are still important, there’s a growing desire for food that is healthy, flavorful, and fresh. No longer settling for anything quick, consumers want food that is free of additives, made with recognizable ingredients, and packs a punch when it comes to flavor. People want to feel good about themselves when they are eating out, not guilty.…

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Tropical Smoothie at Multi Unit Franchising Conference

. Posted in 2016 News

It was a great day at Arroyo Golf Club for the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference annual golf tournament on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. As the proud sponsor of the event, pre-golf Tropical Smoothie Cafe smoothies were enjoyed by golfers to jump start the day. Golfers enjoyed some of the top smoothies including our Avacolada, Island Green and Acai Berry. Congrats to the winners!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner and Area Developer, Glen Johnson, has a Diverse Portfolio

. Posted in 2016 News

Glen Johnson began working as a broker and developer in the commercial real estate industry in 2003. Eight years later, he started working in the restaurant industry, eventually working his way up to President and majority owner of Tropical Tango, LLC. As a leader in the fast casual Cafe space, Tropical Smoothie’s team is passionate and experienced. Franchise Owner and Area Developer, Glen Johnson, is no exception. His background makes him a bit of a Renaissance man, with experience in…

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Tropical Smoothie – Our Mission

. Posted in 2016 News

What started as a small brand on the beaches of Florida has grown to 480+ cafés nationwide. With our growth has come a lot of changes, but we’ve always stayed true to our mission. Watch the video to see what inspires us.

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Glen Johnson’s 15th Tropical Smoothie Cafe

. Posted in 2016 News

Tropical Smoothie would like to congratulate Glen Johnson on the opening of his 15th Cafe! Glen has been involved with Tropical Smoothie Cafe for several years now and his growth continues as he has 5 more Cafes in development. Glen will be a featured franchisee at the upcoming Multi Unit Franchising Conference, hosted in Las Vegas, speaking about his experiences in the franchise industry.

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A Diverse Franchise Portfolio

. Posted in 2016 News

Tropical Smoothie would like to say congratulations to Jigna and Neal Patel on the opening of their latest Tropical Smoothie Cafe! Jigna and Neal have a diverse franchise portfolio, owning both sub sandwich and donut concepts, along with their current seven Tropical Smoothie Cafes. They opened a location earlier this year in in Little Rock, Arkansas and recently added another in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Franchisees Advance

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations to Haresh and Sandip Patel on the opening of their fourth Tropical Smoothie Cafe! It is always great to see franchisees advance and continue to grow with Tropical Smoothie. Their newest Cafe location is in York, Pennsylvania at 3013 East Market Street. Stop by Tropical Smoothie for a fresh smoothie and snack! Learn more about the franchise opportunities with Tropical Smoothie Cafe here.

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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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From Restaurant Experience to Tropical Smoothie

. Posted in 2016 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe continues to grow, with its latest Cafe opening in Ephrata, Pennsylvania! Rick and Brad Evans are very familiar with the restaurant industry and are excited to share their years of experience with their TSC team and the community. Rick worked at his father’s local restaurant while growing up and Brad has been in the restaurant business for 17 years. Between the two Franchise Owners, there is over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry! Stop by…

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Grand Opening in Alabama

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations on a Tropical Smoothie grand opening! Make sure to visit one of the latest Tropical Smoothie Cafe, located in Madison, Alabama. Federico, Gilbert and Peter Morales-Zimmerman are ready to hit the ground running with their Tropical Smoothie and they already have plans to open future locations. Learn more about Tropical Smoothie and the opportunity to open your very own Cafe here.

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Tropical Smoothie Grows in Georgia

. Posted in 2016 News

Mike Haines opened his very first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in January of 2016, when he purchased 10 locations. Yet another one of his Tropical Smoothie locations is now open in Johns Creek, Georgia! Mike is a long time entrepreneur, coming from a background working at Microsoft and Facebook. Stop by 11160 Medlock Bridge Road #100 for a fresh smoothie and snack!

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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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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise CEO, Mike Rotondo, Announces Impressive Numbers, Plans for Growth

. Posted in 2017 News

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has experienced its strongest year yet. The top 50% of Franchise Owners are now boasting an average gross sales of $846,431, up $112,252 from 2014’s top 50% AUV of $734,179*. This upward momentum is helping the franchise open 1+ Cafes a week, with multi-unit sales growing to 30 last year.     “What’s driving our sales? First, we have both food and smoothies to drive up average tickets. Then product innovation, with successful roll-outs of new menu items…

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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 Continues to Expand in California

. Posted in 2016 News

The Sidhu family is no stranger to franchising, as twenty-year veterans of franchising in the hospitality industry, with a portfolio of hotels and now Tropical Smoothie Cafes. They are excited to share that they have now opened a Tropical Smoothie location in Irvine, California. The Sidhu family were the first to bring a Tropical Smoothie to California in 2015 and they hope to develop several more Cafes throughout various California markets. Learn more about franchise opportunities with Tropical Smoothie Cafe, here.

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Tropical Smoothie: Fast and Serious for the 2nd Year in a Row

. Posted in 2016 News, Featured

Franchise Times released their annual list of Fast and Serious franchise brands, highlighting the smartest-growing brands in the industry. Tropical Smoothie Cafe made the list again, moving up 6 spots from last year to #34. “A betting man might double down on the odds of Tropical Smoothie Cafe appearing on this list again in 2017,” the feature opens. What’s made them willing to wager? 24% unit growth over the past 3 years, 199 deals awarded in 2015, and a proven team…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Signs Franchise Agreements for Three Dallas Locations

. Posted in 2016 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 signed franchise agreements to open three new restaurants in Dallas. This announcement is part of the award-winning smoothie franchise’s aggressive growth plans for the state of Texas, which kicked off in April 2015 with the opening of the company’s first Dallas location, quickly followed by additional Cafes in Frisco and Fort Worth in June and August 2015, respectively. A…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Opens in Foothill Ranch, CA

. Posted in 2016 News

Congratulations to the Sidhu family on the opening of their first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in California! This is the first of 20 locations the Sidhu family plans to open in California, 10 in Orange County and 10 in San Diego. Learn more about their Tropical Smoothie story here and be sure to visit their new location at 41 Auto Center Drive Suite 109A, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610.

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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 opens in Ames, IA

. Posted in 2015 News

Congratulations to Rick Sandquist on the opening of his new Tropical Smoothie Café in Ames, Iowa! This is Rick’s second café in Iowa. Stop in today at 517 Lincoln Way for a real-fruit smoothie and meal or snack!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens In Franklin, TN

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Tropical Smoothie Café congratulates Larry Lavigne on the opening on his first café in Franklin, Tennessee! Larry joins the Tropical Smoothie Café team with a background as a pizza franchisee. He plans to develop 4 more Tropical Smoothie Café locations in the Nashville area. Stop by his first location at 443 Cool Springs Road for a real-fruit smoothie and meal or snack!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Reaches $1 Million Donation Goal to Benefit Camp Sunshine

. Posted in 2015 News

Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies, has exceeded expectations by raising a record breaking $1 million for their charity partner, Camp Sunshine. In its ninth annual National Flip Flop Day, Tropical Smoothie Café, has outdone itself by collecting nearly $400,000 more than in 2014, largely due to its outstanding belief in Camp Sunshine and the brand’s commitment to its “Live Better” value. Camp Sunshine is a retreat that provides both medical…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Las Vegas, NV

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Tropical Smoothie Café congratulates Eric Persson on his newest café in Las Vegas, Nevada! Eric is a proud owner of 17 Tropical Smoothie Café locations. Stop in at his newest café today at 3565 South Rainbow Blvd and enjoy a real-fruit smoothie and meal or snack!

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Hyannis, MA

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Congratulations to Ana and Gil DeSousa on the opening of their newest Tropical Smoothie Café! Ana and Gil DeSousa started with Tropical Smoothie Café opening a location in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. There newest café is located at 489 Bearses Way in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Stop in today for a real–fruit smoothie and good-for-you meal or snack!

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

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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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NRN’s 2015 Second 100: Why Tropical Smoothie Café is the No. 7 Fastest-Growing Chain

. Posted in 2015 News

Tropical Smoothie Café saw its domestic systemwide sales grow by 23.2 percent in the most recent year as it opened a net 51 units, giving the chain a total of 411 unites at the end of the year, an increase of 14.2 percent. The Atlanta-based chain that sells smoothies, sandwiches and salads helps keep its customers interested with limited-time offers every eight weeks. Trend-forward LTOs offered last year included a coconut curry chicken wrap and coconut lime chicken salad, and…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Texarkana, TX

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Tropical Smoothie Café congratulates Jigna Patel on the opening of their newest café in Texarkana, Texas! In addition to the newest location in Texas, Jigna has multiple Tropical Smoothie Café located is both Tennessee and Arkansas. Come to 4845 Texas Boulevard today to enjoy a real-fruit smoothie and meal or snack!

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Richmond, MI

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Congratulations to Paul Dudgeon on the opening of his second Tropical Smoothie Café this year! Paul joined the Tropical Smoothie Café team as a pizza franchisee and is excited to open an additional 11 cafés in Michigan. Stop in at Paul’s newest Tropical Smoothie Café located at 67213 Main Street for a smoothie and meal or snack today!

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Naples, FL

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Congratulations to Amy Reynolds on the opening of her second Tropical Smoothie Café in Naples, Florida! Amy’s newest café opened on July 10th.. Come to 8855 Immokalee Road #1 for a smoothie and meal or snack today!

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Moore, AR

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Tropical Smoothi Café congratulates Glen Johnson on the opening of his new café in Moore, Arizona! Glen has multiple Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Arizona and is looking to build out the State of Oklahoma. Come on in to his new café located at 2101 Riverwalk Drive for a good-for-you meal or real-fruit smoothie!

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Fayetteville, NC

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Congratulations to Gira Patel on their new Tropical Smoothie Café location! Gira joined the Tropical Smoothie Café team with goals to build out the Fayetteville, NC area and has former experience with sandwich franchises. Stop in at their new café today at 150 Andrews Road Suite 6 for a good-for-you smoothie and meal!

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Walker, MI

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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

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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

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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

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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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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens In Harrisonburg, VA

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Congratulations to Corrine Loan on their first Tropical Smoothie Café in Harrisonburg, VA! Corrine joins the Tropical Smoothie Café family with a background as a Sale Representative in the the food industry. Stop in or drive-thru our newest Tropical Smoothie Café location at 1011 Port Republic Road today!

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Tropical Smoothie Café Targeting Cleveland for Franchise Growth

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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 Cleveland for franchise growth. Over the next three years, the sandwich and smoothie franchise aims to open at least 10 locations throughout Greater Cleveland, including Avon, Lakewood, Fairlawn, Euclid, North Olmsted and more. Currently, there are two Tropical Smoothie Café locations in the Cleveland area. Tropical Smoothie Café franchise executives, including CEO Mike Rotondo,…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Turns to FUNraising for Fundraising Efforts

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This June 19th, Tropical Smoothie Café will celebrate the 9th annual National Flip Flop Day to raise funds to benefit our national charity partner, Camp Sunshine. Our goal this year is to raise $1,000,000 for the camps, which offers countless families the opportunity to put aside the stress and severity of having a child with a life-threatening illness and just have fun. What started as a way to thank our customers for their loyalty to our brand, has turned into…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Targeting Denver for Franchise Growth

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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 Denver for franchise growth. Over the next 10 years, the sandwich and smoothie franchise aims to open 25 locations throughout Greater Denver, including Colorado Springs, Highlands Ranch, Boulder, Lakewood, Westminster and more. Currently, there are three Tropical Smoothie Café locations in the Denver area. Tropical Smoothie Café franchise executives, including CEO Mike Rotondo, will…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens in Springfield, MO

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Congratulations to Matt Mawdsley on the opening of his Tropical Smoothie Café! If you are in Springfield, Missouri, visit the newest Tropical Smoothie Café at 3645 East Sunshine Street and enjoy a real-fruit smoothie and better-for-you meal or snack.

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Tropical Smoothie Café Announces Highest Average Unit Volume in 18-Year History

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Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café, is understandably proud of his company’s sales numbers, with the announcement that Tropical Smoothie Café has achieved an all-time high Average Unit Volume (AUV) of more than $578,000 with the top 50% of Cafes exceeding $734,000. “We are thrilled that in the last year our system’s AUV has grown by nearly 10 percent — an outstanding result of Tropical Smoothie Cafe introducing more fresh food featuring bold flavors and quality ingredients, and our franchisees’ hard…

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Tropical Flavors Give Menus a Punch

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Tropical Smoothie Café serves the flavors that customers crave. The Avacolada Smoothie, an innovative combination of avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, coconut and lime, is just one of our better-for-you menu items that delivers great taste with a nutritious punch. Publisher: Nation’s Restaurant News Date: March 10, 2015 It may be our country’s harshest winter in recent history, but on restaurant menus, it has been downright tropical. Chains and independents alike are giving menus a tropical punch with ingredients such as…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Signs 51 Franchise Agreements in First Quarter

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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 51 franchise agreements in the first quarter of 2015. The deals represent 51 cafés that will expand the sandwich and smoothie franchise in markets such as Atlanta, Detroit, Providence, Miami, Charleston, S.C., and Fayetteville, N.C. Additionally, the brand reported a 12.31-percent growth in same-store sales over the first quarter of last year.   “We had great…

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Tropical Smoothie Café Opens in Kissimmee, FL

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We’d like to congratulate Yolanda Montoya and James Harley on the opening of their new Tropical Smoothie Café location. If you are in the Kissimmee, Florida area, be sure to stop by and visit them at 3222 Rolling Oaks Boulevard.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Continues Expansion in North Carolina

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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 North Carolina, specifically the Charlotte market, for franchise growth. Over the next five years, the sandwich and smoothie franchise expects to open 20 locations throughout Greater Charlotte. Tropical Smoothie Café will open two franchisee-owned restaurants next month, including one location on April 11 at 3860 John Gordon Lane in High Point, N.C.; and a…

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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

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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

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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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