Tropical Smoothie Café


Tropical Smoothie Café is more than just great smoothies.

We have fresh, real fruit smoothies and fresh, high-quality food. At Tropical Smoothie Café, everything is made with the finest ingredients, but not until you order it. You can taste the freshness and quality in our toasted wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads and gourmet salads. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and are the perfect take-along food. We use artisan breads, premium meats and cheeses, and proprietary sauces along with fresh vegetables. Our smoothies have always been made with real fruit and are packed with flavor and nutrition.

Our menu is loaded with healthy choices for people who are looking for a higher-quality, healthier way of life. We promise to deliver the unparalleled hospitality and innovative food and beverage products that our customers deserve. With our commitment to quality, taste, and health, there is no question why Tropical Smoothie Café is becoming one of the fastest-growing franchises in the quick casual restaurant segment. Founded in 1997, Tropical Smoothie Café has more than 330 locations in 34 states.


Year Established: 1997
Year First Franchised: 1997
Franchised Units: 100+
Actual number of units: 336
Projected New Units (12 months): 40

States referrals are accepted in:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington DC
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Avail. in Canada: Masters/Area Developer: No


Financial / Terms

Cash Investment: $100,000
Minimum Investment: $166,750
Minimum Net Worth: $300,000
Franchise Fee: $25,000


  • Vet Fran

Royalty: 6%
Ad: 3%
Average # of Employees: 10-20 part time
Passive Ownership Allowed: No
Earnings Claims: Yes


Total Investment: $166,750 – $424,200
Discounts: VetFran $12,500 Franchise Fee (half)\


Franchise Sales

Single Unit: Yes
Multiple Units: Yes
Area/Master Developer: No
Resales: No


International Expansion

International Expansion Opportunities: No
Developing outside of the U.S.: N/A
Single Unit Availability Outside U.S.: No
Multiple Unit Availability Outside U.S.: No
Area Development or Master Avail.: No
Cash Investment: N/A
Total Investment: N/A


No International opportunities at this time, Area Developer/Country sales considered on a case by case basis.


Support & Training Provided

Financial Assistance Provided: No
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Co-operative Advertising: Yes


Financial Assistance Provided: No - we offer subscription to for assistance in financing

Training Program

4 Week training program:

  • Week 1: In Store (another franchised store) 
  • Week 2: Classroom Training, Corporate Office - Destin FL
  • Week 3: In Store (another franchised store
  • Week 4 – Grand Opening Training – Regional Operations Director on Site for 5-8 Days


Get Started!

Freddy O'Pry

Franchise Development