Beloved ice cream franchise continues to be a best-bet franchise for entrepreneurs looking to open a year-round business with strong marketplace appeal
The Cold Stone Creamery™ ice cream franchise continues to capture the attention of entrepreneurs and industry experts alike. Most recently the brand was named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Top Food Franchises of 2019 list, which itself is culled from its hugely popular Franchise 500 roster that appears early each year.
The food-oriented list picks apart brands by category, looking at everything from baked goods, chicken and burgers, and frozen desserts. Cold Stone Creamery appeared in the frozen desserts category.
Ice cream shop franchise has strong appeal
Breaking out food into its own ranking system made sense for Entrepreneur, which reported that more than a fifth of companies that applied for its Franchise 500 ranking were food based. The editorial team took each applicant and broke them down as follows:
“These rankings are based on the scores each company received from our Franchise 500 formula, which evaluates more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability,” the magazine says.
Cold Stone Creamery continues to grow
“From the unique and fun way guests are treated at each Cold Stone Creamery location to the products themselves, which are regularly featured in print, digital and social media, the brand stands out,” Wuycheck says. “That said, when an experienced team such as Entrepreneur’s studies the business side and makes this kind of recommendation, it’s a nice validation for our current and future franchise owners.”
Cold Stone Creamery franchise now has approximately 1,000 stores in the United States and a presence in nearly 30 international markets. We still have territories available for new franchise expansion and development. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the world’s fastest-growing franchising companies with a portfolio of 28 quick-service restaurant concepts.
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