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Here are the questions we frequently hear about our franchise opportunity.

How long has Tropical Smoothie CafeĀ® been in business?

Tropical Smoothie Cafe was founded in 1997, and we opened our first franchise location in Tallahassee, FL, in 1998.

Is it easier to operate than other restaurants?

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.

What are the general operation hours of a Tropical Smoothie Cafe location?

Our cafes are open 7 days a week and we have required operating hours. Monday – Friday 7am – 9pm. Saturday 8am – 9pm. Sunday 10am – 8pm.

How much does it cost to open a Tropical Smoothie Cafe?

A new Cafe investment is between $300,000 and $720,500. The average cost is approximately $500,000, costs vary by location.

†‡ The average investment does not reflect tenant improvement allowance. For 2023, the average tenant improvement allowance was $43,500.

How many locations do you have?

We have over 1,400+ locations across the United States.

How fast is Tropical Smoothie Cafe growing?

We currently have more than 1,400+ locations. Our goal is to reach 1,500 Cafes by the end of 2025.

Do you help me find a location?

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.

What type of square footage do you look for?

Typically, we look for between 1,200 to 1,800 square feet. We also have flexible layouts for non-traditional venues.

How many employees do I need at the Cafe?

Cafes usually employ 15-20 part-time employees.

What is the franchise fee?

The franchise fee is $35,000 for the first cafe. If you choose to develop multiple cafes, a $25,000 franchise fee must be paid for the second and each additional unit. The franchise fee for qualified veterans is $17,500 for the first and each subsequent unit developed.

What do I get with the franchise fee?

This fee covers your training, plans for building out the Cafe, access to our systems, technology, operational support, and more.

How long do the Franchise Agreements last?

Franchise Agreements last for 15 years. If you are in good standing and satisfy certain conditions, you may renew, with no additional fees, for one additional 10-year term.

What are the royalty fees?

There is a 6% Royalty Fee, as well as a 5-6% National Marketing Fee. Fees are per Cafe and based on gross sales.

What type of training do you provide?

Our training prepares you to succeed. We provide the following training: Basic training – consists of two weeks in a nearby Cafe; Leadership Training – virtual sessions hosted by our Support Center team; Opening Support – 10 days onsite support provided by our Operations Support team.

See where we’re looking to grow to meet the incredible demand.

It’s tropic time. Join our Franchise Family.

Complete the form or call
770-580-2333, and a Tropical Smoothie CafeĀ franchise development leader will reach out to you with more information.

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