Tropical Smoothie Cafe was founded in 1997, and we opened our first franchise location in Tallahassee, FL, in 1998.
Here are the questions we frequently hear about our franchise opportunity.
Yes, the franchise model and the support we provide to our franchise operators makes running a business easier than ever! We handle the menu innovation and provide marketing support to drive traffic and sales to your Cafe. We have also made operations easy for you by removing hard-to-use equipment, like deep fryers and hooding systems, so that you can focus on fresh food, freshly prepared daily.
Our cafes are open 7 days a week and we have required operating hours. Monday – Friday 7am – 9pm. Saturday 8am – 9pm. Sunday 10am – 8pm.
A new Cafe investment is between $277,000 and $584,000†. The average cost is approximately $400,000†, costs vary by location.
We have over 1,000 locations across the United States.
We currently have more than 1,000 locations. Our goal is to reach 1,500 Cafes by 2025.
Yes. We have an in-house Real Estate Team and a network of local brokers that will assist you in performing a real estate site search.
In 2021, the average systemwide AUV was $1,009,803. As of December 26, 2021, there were 1,038 franchised Restaurants and 1 company-owned Restaurant. Of the 1,038 franchised Restaurants, 906 were franchised Restaurants that had been open for at least 12 months as of December 26, 2021. Of the 906 Restaurants, 29 Restaurants were excluded since they were non-traditional locations. Of the 877 Restaurants, 109 were excluded since they were not open for at least 357 days in 2021. Of the 768 Restaurants referenced in the above table, all reported sufficient financial performance information to be included in this financial performance representation. This information appears in Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document. Your results may differ. There is no assurance that you will do as well.
Typically, we look for between 1,200 to 1,800 square feet. We also have flexible layouts for non-traditional venues.
Cafes usually employ 15-20 part-time employees.
The franchise fee is $30,000 for the first unit. If you choose to develop multiple units, a $20,000 franchise fee must be paid for the second and each additional unit. The franchise fee for qualified veterans is $15,000 for the first and each subsequent unit developed.
This fee covers your training, plans for building out the Cafe, access to our systems, technology, operational support, and more.
Franchise Agreements last for 15 years with renewal options.
There is a 6% Royalty Fee, as well as a 3% National Marketing Fee, and a 2% fee for Local Advertising Cooperative Contribution. Fees are per Cafe and based on gross sales.
We believe in setting up our franchisees for success. We provide the following training: four-week training program consisting of two weeks in a nearby Cafe, one week in a classroom setting at our Support Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and ten days onsite for your Grand Opening.
See where we’re looking to grow to meet the incredible demand.
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770-821-1928, and a Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise development leader will reach out to you with more information.