Tropical Smoothie Cafe - Franchise

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe is two businesses in one with a balanced business mix of food and smoothies. This allows us to service all day parts and drive higher gross sales. It's our unique mix of delicious food, fun, friendly service, and an atmosphere that appeals to people of all ages. Inquire now to learn more about this fantastic opportunity.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Business Cost, Fees & Facts for 2022

Minimum Cash Required $100,001
Net Worth Required $300,000
Financing Assistance None
Year Founded 1997
# of Existing Units 350

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe - Franchise

Eat Better. Feel Better. It's Our Mantra.

At a time when there's more focus than ever on healthier food options and active lifestyles, Tropical Smoothie Café is perfectly positioned to become #1 in our category:

  • A quick-casual concept you can be proud to own.  Better-for-you brand.
  • Delicious, in-demand smoothies, sandwiches, flatbreads, wraps, and salads.
  • Balanced business mix of food and smoothies  drives higher gross sales and average check
  • Service ALL Day-parts: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert, plus catering.
  • Lower development costs and ease of operation – no grills, deep fryers, hooding systems
  • Double-digit growth in a US$1.1 billion industry.*
  • On-staff Chef and Nutritionist to develop menu items

Our Nutritious Food and Smoothies Are Fueling Healthy Growth.
The huge demand for healthier food choices drives business to our doors.  But what keeps people coming back again and again is what we call the Tropical Smoothie Café experience.  It's our unique mix of delicious food, fun, friendly service, and an atmosphere that appeals to people of all ages.

Because of our balanced business mix of food and smoothies, you have more revenue streams throughout the day.  Plus, our varied product offering means you don't have to rely on a single product for sales, boosting our average ticket to over $8.

In 2014, the Top 50% Of Our Franchisees Had Average Gross Sales in Excess of $734,000.

What we serve is equally as appealing as our numbers.  Our food is fresh and delicious, and our food prep is clean and simple.  There's no baking, fryers, or hoods- just high-powered blenders and a convection oven.  It's a better environment to work in and can help you attract and retain a higher-quality staff.  Because our Cafés are easier to operate, you can use your skills to connect with your customers and mentor a staff that's young, high-energy, and passionate about the brand.

It's Not a Position. It's a Passion.
Our franchisees understand the importance of incredible customer service and community outreach.  They value innovation, creativity, and a competitive mindset.  We play to win, and we have fun doing it.

Qualified candidates should have:

  • Business experience (restaurant experience preferred but not required).
  • $100,000 in liquid assets and a minimum net worth of $300,000.

You will also need to pay:

  • Average Development Costs - $275,000 in start-up costs (can vary depending on space and other factors)
  • Fees - 6% Royalty Fee, 2% National Marketing Fee, 2% Local Advertising Cooperative Fee

Ideal Candidate
We are looking for a franchisee that is passionate about solid relationships, creative spirit, playing to win and living better - these are the core values of Tropical Smoothie Cafe.  If you believe in "Eat Better-Feel Better" and in providing a great product delivered with exceptional customer service, we may be a fit for you.  While restaurant experience is not necessary in our franchise system, business experience is. We require $100,000 in liquid capital and a net worth of $300,000 in order to apply for a Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise.

This information is not intended as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy a franchise.  It is for information purposes only.  The offering is by prospectus only.


"We originally were going to run both our Tropical Smoothie Cafés and our 18 Subway ® franchises, but we realized that the greatest growth potential was in Tropical Smoothie Café - and that's where all our investment and focus is now."45-year Restaurant Industry Veteran and Current Franchise Owner of 8 Tropical Smoothie Café location
"More consumers are seeking healthy/light foods and having these options available on menus will meet these consumers' needs; however, healthful menu options must be fresh, taste good and be affordably priced." Bonnie Riggs, NPD restaurant industry analyst

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