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The Spice & Tea Exchange Franchise Opens First Palm Beach County Location

Specialty tea and spice retailer The Spice & Tea Exchange is coming to the outdoor shopping area of The Gardens Mall on Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue. The location will be around 700 square feet and will be situated near Lola Chiq and Style So Chic. It is expected to open some time in mid-November. This marks the store’s first location in Palm Beach County; more stores are expected over the next three years.

John Gekas and Esperanza Gekas, the franchise owners, are excited to open their location in Downtown at the Gardens. According to Gekas, the unique The Spice & Tea Exchange experience sets it apart from traditional retailers, and this encourages shoppers to discover new ingredients and enhance their cooking styles. The franchiser prides itself on customer engagement and providing the ultimate shopping experience for tea and other culinary products.

The Spice & Tea Exchange Story

Founded in 2005 as Old Florida Spice Traders by Clay Freeman, the company's first location opened in St. Augustine, Florida, with an 18th-century trading post concept. Since then, more than 35 stores have opened across the United States, and there are now The Spice & Tea Exchange locations in 21 states and the Washington, D.C. area. 

The Spice & Tea Exchange started franchising in 2008, with a goal of developing a network of franchises throughout the United States and then going global. The company, with headquarters in Palm Harbor, Florida, was recently included in the "Fast 50" list, which honors the fastest-growing companies that are privately held in the Tampa Bay metropolitan statistical area.

At The Spice & Tea Exchange, tea enthusiasts and food lovers can peruse a variety of goods. The brand offers 75 unique hand-mixed blends, more than 140 spices, salts from all over the globe, sugars that are naturally flavored, and more than 30 exotic teas. They also offer rubs, olive oils, extracts, grains, and a full line of cooking accessories including graters and mills.

Currently, there are The Spice & Tea Exchange franchises available in several U.S. states and territories. The company is looking for franchisees who are ready to join an exciting and different business at a time when the sky is the limit. Ideal candidates will love food and cooking, be ready to engage customers, be prepared to be active in the community, be ready to talk about cooking and food, be open to learning, and have a team-player mindset, according to the brand's official website. Some basic business management skills and knowledge are preferred, with training, marketing and support provided by the company on an on-going basis.

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