Tropical Smoothie Cafe Celebrates Landmark Opening on the Fort Benning Military Base
Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a leading national fast-casual cafe franchise known for both its better-for-you smoothies and food with a tropical twist, announced today the opening of its 900th cafe, which is located at 7280 Ingersoll Street on the Fort Benningmilitary base in Georgia. This milestone opening comes on the heels of a momentous year for the brand, which has signed 214 new franchise agreements, opened 87 new cafes across the U.S. and achieved double digit same-store sales for the past five months, bringing same-store sales to +6.3% year to date.
The new Fort Benning location is owned and operated by existing franchisees Reginald and Zenna Foster. Reginald is an Army veteran who served as a telecommunications officer for more than 25 years. In 2015, six months after he retired from the Army, Reginald and Zenna opened their first Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in Augusta, Georgia. In April 2019, the Fosters opened the brand's first military base location in Fort Gordon, Georgia, where Reginald previously was based. Today, the husband-and-wife team owns five cafes and has two more in development.
"Fifteen years into my career with the Army, I knew that when I retired, I wanted to invest in a franchise. Once we discovered Tropical Smoothie Cafe and learned about the better-for-you menu options and their incredible corporate team and franchisee network, we knew it was the perfect fit," said Reginald. "Fast forward to today and we've truly come full circle as we help this remarkable brand celebrate such a meaningful milestone with our opening on the Fort Benning military base. We are honored to have this opportunity and look forward to serving the local community."