Murfreesboro-based Franklin's Fruit Tea to be sold at Kroger stores

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Pretty soon, when your family says, "Give me the tea," you won't have far to go.

Murfreesboro-based Franklin's Fruit Tea products are headed to a Kroger store shelf near you.

"We are excited to begin offering four flavors of Franklin’s Tea in our stores this week," said Lauren Bell, Kroger spokesperson.

Germayle Franklin holds up containers of Franklin's Fruit Tea, now being sold at Kroger in Spring Hill. Soon the product will be sold at 97 area Kroger stores.
Germayle Franklin holds up containers of Franklin's Fruit Tea, now being sold at Kroger in Spring Hill. Soon the product will be sold at 97 area Kroger stores.

Franklin's Fruit Tea presence in Kroger stores will kick off Wednesday in the Spring Hill store located at 4900 Port Royal Road.

Gradually other stores will be added to the roster, including four in Murfreesboro:

  • 2449 Old Fort Parkway

  • 1776 W. Northfield Blvd.

  • 2946 S. Church St.

  • 4432 Veterans Parkway

Bell said she hopes the company will have product on stores shelves in Murfreesboro by the end of June.

Varieties of Franklin’s Fruit Tea drinks include the original Liquid Gold, mango-peach, strawberry, half-and-half, lemonade and wildberry.

'Give me the tea!': Franklin's Fruit Tea Drinkery in downtown Murfreesboro

Beyond Kroger shelves

You can also find Franklin's Fruit Tea at more than a dozen Middle Tennessee small market retailers. Check out the list on line: franklinsfruittea.com/retailers.

And of course, Franklin's Fruit Tea is available on the company's food truck as well as The Drinkery, a brick-and-mortar location at 348 E. Castle St. in downtown Murfreesboro.

The store front opened nearly five years after Franklin's Fruit Tea hit the food truck scene.

But fruit tea mastermind Germayle Franklin began his business, while playing football for Middle Tennessee State University. The MTSU offensive lineman longed for a good fruit tea and couldn't find it. So he started making the fruit tea flavor he eventually named Liquid Gold.

Popularity of his concoction grew and he began selling it.

More than 10 years after graduating MTSU with a bachelor's degree, he took his teas on the road with his wife and developed the slogan, "Give Me the Tea!" to build the brand.

If you can't find Franklin's Fruit Tea at a store near you, you can have it shipped to your home through franklinsfruittea.com.

Reach reporter Nancy DeGennaro at degennaro@dnj.com. Keep up with restaurant news by joining Good Eats in the 'Boro (and beyond) on Facebook and follow Murfreesboro Eats on TikTok.

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