Tropical Smoothie Cafe

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Smoothies, wraps, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads

Number of Locations: 435

Total Investment: $195.6K - $427.1K

Founded: 1997

Began Franchising: 1997

About Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Serving up smoothies since 1997, Tropical Smoothie Cafe added healthful breakfast, lunch and dinner items to its menu in 1999. Today the menu includes tacos, wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads, salads and kids' meals.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 434 0 0 1
2014 384 0 0 1
2013 343 0 0 0
2012 317 0 0 0
2011 302 0 0 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $195,550 - $427,130
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 50% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $300,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
50% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 10 - 20. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (50% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 1 week. At franchisee's location: 1 week. At existing store : 80 hours.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #408 (2015), #399 (2014), #382 (2011),
Fastest-Growing: #71 (2015),

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