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Cold Stone Creamery Franchise Named a Top Opportunity for 2022

Franchise Times includes the iconic ice cream franchise on annual list of the top franchise opportunities  

Cold Stone Creamery® recently placed high atop Franchise Times’ list of smart franchises to invest in, and it’s not hard to see why: incredible demand for ice cream on top of iconic brand recognition makes now the right time to start a location in any number of potentially highly profitable, in-demand markets.   

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Every year, Franchise Times, one of the premier news and information sources for the franchise industry, publishes an extensive list of the best franchises to invest in for the upcoming year, given industry trends and how well brands are performing in the current economic climate.   

Their research team spends months compiling information for the rankings, the five-year sales history graphs, Top 10 lists and industry subcategories, and then reconciling to ensure all published data is accurate and all estimates are based on a solid sales formula.   

“The Franchise Times Top 400 is the most comprehensive ranking of the 400 largest U.S. franchise systems,” the publication writes. “It’s backed by more than 20 years of research and is the only objective ranking available.”   

This year, the competition was expanded from 200 businesses to 400, and even still, Cold Stone Creamery was recognized as a franchise that holds incredible potential for the success of aspiring entrepreneurs. In fact, Cold Stone Creamery climbed the rankings from last year.   

For starters, this article highlights Cold Stone Creamery’s low initial investment range, $310,375 – $476,975*. Based on more than three decades of experience, Cold Stone Creamery knows exactly what it takes to thrive in an ice cream business.   

The article also highlighted the training support offered by Cold Stone Creamery through Kahala Brands™, which includes 80 hours of on-the-job training, and an additional 40 hours of classroom training. New business owners also have unlimited access to ongoing support from the company, as well as guidance on how best to market in their region and continued outreach.  

Recently, Cold Stone Creamery also announced ambitious plans to expand to hundreds of markets across the country, especially in targeted areas of development, such as Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. With a continued demand for ice cream across the country, and Cold Stone Creamery’s stronghold as one of America’s most iconic brands, our company is braced for unprecedented growth.   

“We’re proud to be ranked so high on Franchise Times’ list of the top brands in the ice cream category,” says Jay Goldstein, VP of Development for Cold Stone Creamery. “This is a really exciting time to be a part of our brand. We’re continuing to grow, and as more and more entrepreneurs discover the strength of our business model, our level of support, and our continued ability to connect with our customers, we expect our strong growth to continue going forward.” 

Ready to own the sweetest franchise in the business? 

Find out more about our ice cream franchise opportunity by requesting a copy of our free Franchise Information Report or exploring the research pages on our franchise website. 

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