Franchise Expansion with Cold Stone Creamery
For more than 30 years, Cold Stone Creamery has provided its customers with premium ice cream made fresh and in-house. Ice cream is one of America’s favorite desserts, with studies showing that Americans spend more than $6 billion a year on the frozen treat. With so many ice cream brands to choose from, Cold Stone Creamery stands out from other franchises in the industry and built its reputation by offering ice cream lovers only the highest quality product.
Cold Stone Creamery is also an attractive investment opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to get into business for themselves. With relatively low startup costs, solid markets nationwide, high profit potential and world-class support from parent company Kahala Brands™, Cold Stone Creamery can be a great franchising opportunity for both first-time and seasoned franchisees alike.
The Cold Stone Creamery franchise has seen continuous growth over the past few years, and there’s a lot to look forward to in 2023. After an incredible year of growth and recognition as one of the nation’s leading ice cream brands, Cold Stone Creamery is ready to continue expanding in new markets throughout the U.S. Recently, we caught up with Jay Goldstein, Vice President of Franchise Development at Cold Stone Creamery, about last year, what the year ahead looks like for franchise growth, what makes someone Cold Stone Creamery franchise material, and more.
What were some of the highlights of franchise development for Cold Stone Creamery in the past year?
In 2022, we saw the highest accumulated unit value (AUV) in company history. Eighty-two franchises were awarded, and we had nearly 11,000 inquiries.
Are there any markets you’re targeting for franchise development in the next year?
We’re focused on expanding in Oklahoma, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Tennessee in 2023. But we’re always open to talking with potential franchisees anywhere in the U.S. about how they can get into business for themselves and bring our top-quality ice cream to their communities.
What makes an ideal Cold Stone Creamery Franchise Owner?
The ideal Cold Stone Creamery franchise owner is someone who has a hospitality mentality. That’s someone who can teach franchise standards to team members and hold them accountable to that standard. Someone who is passionate about making people smile through great experiences. Customers don’t wake up in the morning and decide they don’t like our ice cream, so the experiences are what brings people back more often. There is no particular subset of individuals from an interpersonal standpoint, particular background or history that makes one owner better than another. We have franchise owners who are or have been first responders, teachers, in the tech industry, restaurateurs, etc.
Why is now an ideal time to franchise with Cold Stone Creamery?
The numbers and accolades speak for themselves. The Cold Stone Creamery franchise has just completed the two best years in the company’s history, with no signs of slowing down. We are the top rated Super Premium Ice Cream Parlor concept in the marketplace today. We are currently experiencing the highest rate of growth in over 10 years.
Anything else you’d like to add about franchise growth and development, where you’ve been, and where you’re going?
Cold Stone Creamery has the best support mechanism for our franchisees to feel confident in their business partner and franchisor. We do not leave you on your own to figure out how to succeed. We help every step of the way.
Join Cold Stone Creamery Today
As Vice President of Franchise Development Jay Goldstein says, 2023 is looking bright for the Cold Stone Creamery franchise. Are you ready to invest in a top ice cream brand with a loyal customer base and high potential for growth? Learn more about Cold Stone Creamery today by visiting the franchise research pages here for details on why customers love the product, startup costs for franchisees, brand history, and more.
You can also start a conversation with a Cold Stone Creamery representative today and find out if this is the right franchising opportunity for you by filling out our form here. A member of our team will be in touch to answer any questions you may have, and with a complimentary copy of our Franchise Information Report, containing more information about the Cold Stone Cream franchise opportunity. We look forward to meeting you!