Tropical Smoothie Café opened its doors on Friday at its new location at River City Marketplace. The first 50 people in line received a free smoothie every week for a year and early Friday morning the line was wrapped around the building. Michelle Leandado was the very first person in line. She got there at 7:30 p.m. the night before to make sure she got her 52 free smoothies.
“When I heard about the free smoothies, I couldn’t pass it up and since it was close by my house, I said ‘why not’,” said Leandado. “I just love Tropical Smoothie Café and my favorite smoothie is the avocolada.”
Leandado was joined by Jessica and Lupe Villegas at the front of the line. Jessica said since she was on spring break, she had the time and her brother Lupe joined him to watch out for his sister.
Lisa Lewis and her daughter Whitney were number 50 and 51 in line. The two got to the café about 4:50 a.m. and Lisa took the final spot, but said she will share her free smoothies with her daughter. Lisa also said she is excited to see this new business in her neighborhood.
“I love smoothies and I came out because I wanted to see this new café and it was a bonus to get the free smoothies for a year,” said Lisa. “We are happy to support this new local eatery and enjoy some of the healthy meals they offer.”
Franchise owner Nick Crouch was ecstatic to see the crowds lined up outside his new location. Crouch is now an owner of 12 Tropical Smoothie Cafes in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Middleburg, Yulee and St. Augustine. He has plans to open four more cafés in the next 10 months.
Tropical Smoothie Café at River City Marketplace will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The café will offer fresh smoothies, toasted flatbreads, salads and wraps, along with breakfast items and a convenient drive-through service. The café uses fresh, natural, quality ingredients in all their menu items so their guests eat better and feel better. The new location is located at 13159 City Center Blvd, Unit 101, Jacksonville, FL, 32218.