Tropical Smoothie Cafe has announced the opening of its 1,100th store, which is situated in Charlotte, North Carolina. The brand has been on a roll recently, it has opened 100 stores in nine months, and 42 in the first quarter of 2022. The new, milestone location will be owned and operated by Stacey and Maurice Pugh.
“Our industry reputation and commitment to strategic franchise growth has never been stronger,” said Charles Watson, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, LLC.
“We’ve had a great development year already, and the opening of our 1,100th location is another phenomenal milestone for our brand and a testament to our incredible franchisees and system. We are excited to have Stacey and Maurice opening this 1,100th location, given their intense dedication to community involvement and embodying our Inspire Better purpose.”
The brand has a strong presence in the state and city, with 58 locations state-wide and 13 in the city. The milestone location hosted a grand opening on June 3 in Riverbend Village, a new mixed-use living, shopping and office destination.
Stacey, Maurice and their two children, Ayanni and Makiri, bring a wide variety of experience and decades of community work to their new location in Riverbend Village. After extensive careers in program management and contract support, the pair saw franchising as an attractive choice and were impressed with the Tropical Smoothie Café brand.
“When looking for the right brand to kickstart our entrepreneurial journey Tropical Smoothie Cafe stuck out to us given their continued growth and scalable business model,” said Stacey.
“The brand aligns perfectly with our family’s values, especially with its new national partnership with No Kid Hungry and the support center’s hands-on approach, helping set us up for success with our first location. We’re honored to open the brand’s 1,100th cafe and are looking forward to the opportunity of further expansion with Tropical Smoothie in the future.”