Tropical Smoothie Cafe Adding Ballston Mall Location

by Katie Pyzyk March 21, 2013 at 11:00 am 11 Comments

Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia Square(Updated at 12:40 p.m.) Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia Square (3811 Fairfax Drive) only has been open for about seven months, but owner Marcus Barnett is already expanding. He will soon open a new location in the Ballston Common Mall.

“We wanted to branch off and we were tipped off about the upcoming mall renovations,” said Barnett. “An opportunity presented itself and we wanted to be a part of that.”

The mall location will be in the food court and won’t yet feature the full menu offered at the Virginia Square location. The focus will be on smoothies, salads, breakfast and energy bars, but wraps and sandwiches will not yet be offered. Barnett said the plan is to eventually expand to a full menu, probably after the mall renovations are completed.

Although the two locations will be close in proximity, Barnett anticipates a totally different clientele.

“All those businesses in the area [Ballston], they don’t really come down to us. Even though it’s so close, just five minutes away, they don’t really come over here,” he said. “There’s a lot of new people and businesses in that area and we want to give them a healthier option.”

Tropical Smoothie Cafe should open sometime in May in the space previously occupied by Crêpe Paris.

  • spaghetti

    I work in Ballston and although I love Tropical Smoothie, I don’t walk down to VA Square for lunch. Marcus is right about that. I’m glad they will be opening a location in Ballston, but hopefully they will offer the wraps and sandwiches sooner rather than later.

  • Bongo

    Taking the Fabian;’s or pizza place location?

    • flux

      I hope Fabian’s is not closing.

      • Bongo

        Gates have been down for about 2 weeks now. 🙁

        • flux

          Ugh, I saw that one day last week and just figured it was a random thing.


      That spot where the crepe place was needs a new tenant, too.

  • Nice to see prospering local businesses like this (I’m well aware it’s a national chain, but franchisees often don’t get the credit they deserve). I’m guessing they’ll be taking the ever-rotating smoothie/ice cream/crepe spot between the dim sum place and chick-fil-a?

  • Alex

    So.. much… sugar. Glargh

  • Yummmm

    That Marcus is hott! Love it when it just wears that white tee…got that bad boy look to him.

  • Angry Baby(formerly Naked Man)

    Can’t wait!

  • Arlington Chris

    A “healthier option”. A smoothie is healthy now?


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