ATLANTA, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the leading fast casual cafe concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today Emily Harrington has signed franchise agreements to expand the brand's presence in Tampa, Florida. A trailblazer in the franchising and foodservice industries, Harrington has immense experience as a multi-unit operator of successful franchises, having previously owned 42 Hardee's restaurants prior to joining Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
As part of her franchise agreement with the brand, Harrington purchased two existing cafes in Tampa and will be opening an additional four new locations throughout the area over the next several years, with an ultimate goal to own at least 50 Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurants. Prior to making her mark in franchising, Harrington served in the U.S. Army for five years as a Signal Corps officer. She holds a bachelor's degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy and an MBA from Cameron University, which she earned while stationed in Germany during her active duty. "As a single mother and business owner, I know all too well how difficult it can be to eat healthy while on the go, and after my time with Hardee's, I was determined to join a foodservice brand that focuses on making nutritious and delicious food convenient for today's modern consumer. As a brand that is committed to doing just that and is consistently named as one of the top franchise opportunities for veterans, Tropical Smoothie Cafe was the obvious choice for me," said Harrington. "From its unique, better-for-you products to its exceptional business model with a proven track record of success, this brand is a standout in the foodservice industry and offers immense potential for franchisees. I'm thrilled to be a part of the Tropical Smoothie Cafe family and to be coming onboard at a time where the company is positioned for immense growth."