Rita's Italian Ice

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Third-party assistance.
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International Opportunity
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Food: Ice Cream/Smoothies/Yogurt
Food: Specialty
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50% military discount off franchise fee
Rita's Italian Ice


Be your own boss! Own your own Rita's! 

The Wall Street Journal’s ‘Startup Journal’ has named Rita's a "Top 25 Franchise High Performer."  

We own the Italian Ice Franchise Category: 550 Stores Open and Awarding Franchises in 23 states! 

Rita's Italian Ice Franchise Information:  

In 1984 Rita's opened its first store with the simple intention to offer the best tasting, highest quality Italian Ice around. Today, Rita’s Franchise Company, headquartered in Trevose, Pa., owns the category it helped to create. Rita’s is the largest Italian Ice concept in the nation, currently operating in 18 states with more than 550 stores. 

Rita’s brand promise is Ice, Custard and Happiness™.  Rita’s offers a variety of delicious frozen treats including our famous fat-free and cholesterol-free Italian Ice, Old Fashioned Frozen Custard, layered Gelati, Light Line™ treat options as well as our signature Misto® and Blendini® creations.  Rita’s was named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by The Wall Street Journal’s‘Startup Journal’ and in a 2009 Zagat survey of over 6,000 fast-food fans, Rita’s was ranked #2 in the Top Ice Cream/Custard category.  

Made fresh daily, all Rita's products are created on premises with high qua lity ingredients. Stringent quality control standards ensure consistency at every location. Once our guest experiences Rita’s, they keep coming back for more! We promise happiness, and it’s a promise that we keep. Our Franchise Partners and Treat Team members stand behind it every day when they come to work and serve our guests. Because at Rita's, each person who visits one of our locations is our guest, not just a customer. 

Offering a unique, affordable, high-quality product line and a family fun destination, Rita's has become a cultural phenomenon, thanks to our remarkably loyal guests. We've also proven to be a very successful business for our Franchise Partners! 

A Proven Business Model  

Our business model is fine-tuned by over 25 years of hands-on experience.   At Rita's, franchising is an example of teamwork at its best, bringing together the talents of our dedicated corporate staff and management team with the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of our franchise partners at the local level to serve our guests. Rita’s provides you with the tools, information and support you need to be successful! Rita’s provides the following to each Franchise Partner: 

Getting Started  

  • Guidance through the franchise development process 
  • Assistance in preparing your timeline and action plan 

Securing Real Estate  

  • Dedicated Rita’s Real Estate professional to help you select your location 
  • Assessment of market availability 
  • Presentation and evaluation of potential locations 
  • Lease negotiation assistance 

Constructing and Designing Your Store  

  • Dedicated Rita’s Project Manager to help build your location 
  • Assistance in working with local officials and securing permits 
  • Finalizing store design   

Ongoing Training and Education  

  • Hands-on-training at Cool University, Rita’s state of the art training facility and corporate store 
  • Ongoing training and online education 
  • Operational support 
  • Customer service best practices and training 
  • Financial management tools 
  • Marketing programs 

Store Opening Support  

  • On-site training and store set-up 
  • Staff development 
  • Grand Opening Marketing 

Ongoing Field Support  

  • Research and Development 
  • Branding and Advertising 
  • Public Relations 
  • Local Store Marketing tools and programs 

Please submit the form below for more information.  

Single Store Requirements: 

  • Minimum Net Worth of $300,000 
  • Minimum Liquid Capital Available of $100,000 
  • Investment Ranges from $198,400 to $385,400 

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