Tropical Smoothie Cafe continued its growth in the second quarter of 2022. From the opening of its 1,100th location to launching a new mobile app and refreshed loyalty program, the fast-casual concept is touting franchise development momentum and technology advancements.
Celebrating milestone mid-year numbers, Tropical Smoothie Cafe fueled development by signing 139 franchise agreements in prime markets across the US, including Chicago, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City.
“Our aggressive and strategic growth has continued nationwide and it is exciting to see the milestones we’ve achieved already in the first half of 2022,” says Cheryl Fletcher, chief development officer of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC. “Seeing triple digit signed agreements and 85 new locations open is a testament to our strong model and incredible franchisees who are eager to share our brand with communities across the country.”
Following the brand achieving the milestone of exceeding an average unit volume of $1M for the system at the end of 2021, Tropical Smoothie Cafe continued to achieve new milestones with the opening of the its 1,100th location midway through 2022 in Charlotte.
“We’ve had an excellent start expanding our footprint in 2022, including the opening of our 1,100th location in Charlotte,” says Charles Watson, chief executive officer of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC. “This location marked a significant milestone for the brand as we continue to grow with new and existing franchisees across the country.”
Tropical Smoothie Cafe continued its digital strategy focused on leveraging various activations that reward the brand's most in-the-know, loyal guests through promotions and offers on the mobile app.
The new Tropic Rewards loyalty program launched in June, and includes an updated point system that makes redeeming points easier and faster. Members now earn 10 points for every $1 they spend through the app, online or in-cafe, and can redeem their points on their favorite items. They are also the first to know about new promotions and limited-time menu items and will receive special rewards for birthdays and referring friends.
On June 17, Tropical Smoothie Cafe kicked off the summer season by celebrating National Flip Flop Day. Participating Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations gave away free smoothies to flip flop-wearing guests across the country. Also, in celebration of National Smoothie Day on June 21, loyalty members received a special free 24-ounce smoothie reward with any food purchase. Combined, cafes across the system gave away more than 310,000 smoothies during the two summertime campaigns and rewarded Tropic Rewards members for their loyalty.