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


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 $578,000, with the top 50 percent reporting an average unit volume of $734,000.

“Over the last six years, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has experienced incredible growth that’sJamaican_Jerk_Wrap_with_Green_Smoothie_RGB taken our brand from 200 franchised locations to more than 465, and our average unit volume has grown by 44 percent. Coupled with some of our most successful limited-time menu items to date, such as the Avocolada Smoothie, Super Grain Bowls and Chia Banana Boost Smoothie, comp store sales were up by 11.3 percent, respectively, over 2014,” said Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe. “In 2016, consumers and prospective franchisees can expect even more exciting things from our fast-growing brand, including a more modern store design and a new, completely customizable menu.”

When interviewing executives on their secret sauce to growth, the key takeaway from Entrepreneur was people – take care of people and the numbers take care of themselves – and Tropical Smoothie Cafe couldn’t agree more. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is passionate about putting the proper systems in place for their franchisees to succeed. “They’ve got it figured out, and I just have to rely on the systems they have in place, and follow it,” said multi-unit Franchise Owner Ray Howell. He has gone from being a single store owner of Tropical Smoothie Cafe to now owning five Cafes in the Naples, FL area.

Want to learn more about becoming a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owner? Candidates should have business experience; $125,000 in liquid assets and a minimum net worth of $350,000; and an initial investment of between $195,550 and $427,130.

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