Tropical Smoothie Cafe

The Tropical Smoothie Café franchise was founded in 1997 and is a fast-casual juice café concept that offers real-fruit smoothies, bowls, wraps, and sandwiches. Since its founding, the company has expanded to more than 1,000 locations in the U.S., with more in development. This brand looks to attract franchise owners and customers that are looking to have healthier options than the typical fast food restaurant. The brand has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the U.S. by Entrepreneur and Nation’s Restaurant News. This is a great franchise opportunity if you are looking to open a juice restaurant to offer customers a healthier option. 

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


In today's world,. customers are looking to enjoy a healthier lifestyle when they go out. This has caused a lot of health focused business, like juice bars and poke restaurants, to explode in popularity across the U.S. A great juice franchise to invest in is the Tropical Smoothie Café. The franchise was founded in 1997 as a single location on a beach in Destin, Florida. Fast forward to today, and the brand has expanded to over 1,000 locations in the U.S., with more in development As a franchise owner, you will be working with a nationally recognized juice brand that is one fast growing franchise concepts in the nation, according to Entrepreneur and Nation’s Restaurant News. In terms of the perfect candidate, the brand is looking for those who have business experience. While restaurant experience is preferred, it is not required. The franchise offers its franchise owners with a variety of location options, its in-line traditional locations, end-cap locations with and without drive-thrus, freestanding locations and non-traditional locations, giving Franchise Owners a variety of flexible options. In terms of a corporate culture, the brand stands for people, innovation, grit, and fun. The prospective franchise owner should align with these values. Backed by the strength of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners and the franchise's corporate team, franchise owners can expect some of the best support and training in the business. What distinguishes the Tropical Smoothie Café from the competition is  its balanced mix of smoothies and food, serving multiple dayparts: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack and multiple revenue streams like dine-in, drive-thru, delivery, and catering. 



Company Details

Founded: 1997
Franchising since: 1997
Canada: No 
International: No 

Support and Training Offered By Tropical Smoothie Cafe

In terms of support and training, the franchisee can expect On-The-Job Training that lasts for 182-222 hours, as well as 
Classroom Training that lasts for 25 hours.

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise.

What does a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Cost?

Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise fees for 2022:

Initial Franchise Fee $30,000
Initial Investment $257,500 - $560,500
Net Worth Requirement $350,000
Cash Requirement $125,000
Veteran Incentives 50% off first-store franchise fee; $5,000 off franchise fee for additional stores
Royalty Fee 6%
Ad Royalty Fee 3%
Term of Agreement 15 years

Is Tropical Smoothie Cafe a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Tropical Smoothie Cafe a Home Based franchise?

No. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisees make. Tropical Smoothie Cafe offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Tropical Smoothie Cafe Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Is Tropical Smoothie Cafe Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Tropical Smoothie Cafe Looking for International franchisees?

No. Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Tropical Smoothie Cafe Franchises for Sale

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