By The Birmingham News
Jan. 26, 2011, 4:05 p.m.
Franchise to Open: Never mind the slush and snowy streets: Birmingham will have a sweeter frozen selection later this month.
The city?s second location for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a fruit smoothie and sandwich franchise, is scheduled to open Jan. 29. Franchise Mike Tate said the restaurant at 1350 Inverness Corners will be his first.
?I love the idea of investing in my local community and in something I can pass along to my children,? he said in a prepared statement.
Tate?s wife, Susan, said they?ll interview applicants this weekend and hope to hire between 15 to 20 employees. She said Tropical Smoothie Cafe will have a drive-through and inside seating for about 50 customers.
Since opening in 1997, the Destin, Fla.-based chain has 287 locations in 34 states.