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

How long has Tropical Smoothie Cafe® 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.

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

The overall investment cost range is $198,500 to $543,500. Costs can vary by location, and the average cost is $370,000.

How many locations do you have?

We have more than 830 locations in 44 states.

How fast is Tropical Smoothie Cafe growing?

We currently have more than 830 locations. Our goal is to reach 1,500 Cafes by 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.

How much money can I make?

In 2019, the top 50% of our Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchises had average gross sales of $982,486. Based on calendar year 2019, 120 of 326, or 37%, of the Cafes gained or surpassed this sales level. 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.

What type of square footage do you look for?

Typically, we look for between 1,400 to 1,600 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 $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.

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 with renewal options.

What are the royalty fees?

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.

What type of training do you provide?

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.

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770-821-1928, and a Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise development leader will reach out to you with more information.

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