A fast-growing cafe chain specializing in tropical smoothies will open a location on East Home Road later this year and bring 25 jobs to the area, according to its franchise owner.
Tropical Smoothies Cafe, 233 E. Home Road, is currently being renovated and will open in the location previously occupied by Heroes Bar & Grill. The renovations will cost approximately $135,000, according to city building permits.
Franchise owner Tim Poulos of Huber Heights said he hopes the restaurant will open in mid-November, although it could some sooner.
“I’m very excited about being a part of the Springfield community,” Poulos said.
The restaurant will offer a full menu of food, including wraps, sandwiches, flatbread, salads, breakfast and smoothies.
Poulos said it’s a great location given the proximity to both Wittenberg University and Springfield High School. The location had been vacant for about three years, Poulos said.
The corner of Home Road and North Limestone currently has six restaurants, including Wendy’s, Rally’s, Lee’s Famous Recipe, Little Caesars Pizza, Dairy Queen and Perkins.
Bryan Heck, the city’s planning and zoning administrator, said the cafe will help serve densely populated residential areas nearby.
“It’s a good location,” Heck said. “It’s a good use for that vacant space. It will draw people who live within those surrounding neighborhoods.”
Poulos said he’d also like to entice cyclists from the nearby bike path. They’re also working on adding a drive-thru for the restaurant.
The chain is one of the Top 10 Newcomers for restaurant franchises, according to a July report by the Nation’s Restaurant News. The company’s sales grew 13.8 percent last year with $149.6 million last year.
The restaurant has locations in 37 states nationwide, including 11 in Ohio. Of those 11 restaurants, seven are in the Miami Valley.
Poulos said they’ve received applications online, and hope to receive more in the coming weeks.
For more information or to apply online, log on to http://dealers.tropicalsmoothie.com/OH/SPRINGFIELD/OH-015.