Tropical Smoothie Cafe signed a six-unit development agreement in Ohio with the first of the new cafes set to open in Columbus this summer.

“We’ve made a lot of headway in Ohio and continue to put our resources into expanding the Tropical Smoothie Cafe system throughout the state,” said Charles Watson, chief development officer and interim CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café LLC.

New Tropical Smoothie Cafe fanchisees Kevin and Mike Couchman will open and operate the new locations. The Couchman’s also currently operate 17 Jet’s Pizza franchise locations throughout the Columbus area.