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Published on: March 10, 2021

The new year is off to an incredible start for Tropical Smoothie Cafe as we celebrate being recognized as #14 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and, even more exciting, #1 as top franchise in the Smoothies/Juices category. With more than 3,000 franchise brands nationwide, the competition was fierce, and we couldn’t be happier that we scored top honors.

See Where the Passion Meets the Road

Get a look inside a Tropical Smoothie Cafe and see how we inspire, excite and fuel the passion that drives us.

How Entrepreneur Ranks The Best Franchises To Own.

The Entrepreneur Franchise 500 is one of the industry’s most coveted rankings. Over its 42 years in existence, the Franchise 500 has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential Franchise Owners. Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s position on the list highlights our strength as an outstanding franchise opportunity. Entrepreneur uses rigorous criteria to evaluate franchise performance in key areas that include unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. Each franchise receives a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the best scores are the Franchise 500.

Riding Waves Of Momentum To Big Achievements.

Not only are we proud of our Franchise 500 Best in Category win, but our overall ranking jumped 4 spots from #18 to #14 of best franchises to own. 2020 was another record-breaking year and we’re just getting started. Our numbers speak for themselves:

925+ cafes opened nationwide                 99 Cafes opened in 2020               9 consecutive years of same-store sales growth               $1.1M Average Net Revenues for top 25% of cafes**


Staying In It To Win It, Tropical Style.

Entrepreneur editor-in-chief Jason Feifer called out the remarkable determination of franchises as they took on evolving consumer trends and dining habits last year.

“2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but it was also a year of unusual opportunity,” he said, “Franchises were able to be nimble and innovative, serving the needs of franchisees and customers in ways that will resonate for many years to come. We believe that, when we eventually look back on this time, we’ll see it as a moment when many brands defined themselves for the future.”

Spreading Sunshine In Our Communities.

We couldn’t agree more with Jason’s assessment of how some franchisors rallied with their franchisees to transform processes operating in this new environment. At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, we stepped up our innovation game by rolling out new convenience-focused ordering and delivery options to give our guests easy access to the fresh, healthier food and smoothie offerings they love. And our inspiring Franchise Owners doubled down on their efforts to give back to the community by donating smoothies to frontline workers. “Our success is directly related to the passion and dedication of our franchisees, crews and Support Center teams,” said Charles Watson, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Our Franchise Family Continues to Grow.

“Relationships Rule” is one of our values at Tropical Smoothie Cafe that inspires multi-unit Franchise Owners like Toya Evans to continue to grow. In 2020, we signed an impressive 254 Franchise Agreements, but what is most impressive about that is 70% were with existing Franchise Owners who believe in our brand, our people and our process. From corporate professionals looking for a career change and a better work-life balance to seasoned multi-unit owners who want to diversify their portfolios, Tropical Smoothie Cafe welcomes passion-powered, driven-to-succeed individuals to our team.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s delicious food, fun tropical vibe and strong Franchise Owner relationships make our healthier food franchise a standout. “We didn’t just buy a brand. We joined a family,” says Franchise Owner Toya Evans.

If you’re looking for a career change or want to diversify your portfolio with an award-winning franchise model that supports you every step of the way, fill out the form below to learn more.

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