Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, has signed a franchise agreement to open four restaurants in Idaho, with the first cafe slated to open in Boise this June. The new restaurants will mark the brand's entry into the state and will be owned and operated by KMP TSC, LLC, comprised of longtime entrepreneurs and husband-and-wife team, Kory and Michelle Pukash.
"Tropical Smoothie Cafe experienced tremendous growth last year and that momentum has carried into 2017, which is due in part to our incredible network of franchisees who believe in our brand wholeheartedly," says Mike Rotondo, chief executive officer of Tropical Smoothie Cafe. "We've had our sights set on Idaho for quite some time and are thrilled that Kory and Michelle will be leading the expansion efforts in the state."
Following the development of their first restaurant in Boise, the Pukashes will target additional markets throughout the state for further development. They are currently scouting sites in Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Twin Falls, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Spokane.
Over the past 3 years, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has sold over 450 franchises nationwide. This expansion into Idaho was fueled by Tropical Smoothie Cafe's accelerated development plans in 2017. On the heels of one of the strongest years in the company's 20-year history, the award-winning brand successfully propelled its expansion and grew its presence in key markets nationwide, including Charleston, S.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Dallas; and Southern California.
This year, the food and smoothie franchise plans to open 100 restaurants nationwide and currently has franchise opportunities across the U.S. in markets such as Indianapolis, Nashville, Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati and Minneapolis, among others. By 2020, Tropical Smoothie Cafe plans to have 1,000 stores open across the U.S.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant concept with over 550 locations nationwide.
SOURCE: Tropical Smoothie Cafe