Cold Stone Creamery is Fast Becoming the Top American Ice Cream Franchise

The ‘Ultimate Ice Cream’ franchise carries strength over the competition in an ice-cream obsessed society

The global ice cream market value is expected to reach $89.5 billion by 2023 and in a nation where 98 percent of people keep ice cream in their freezer, Cold Stone Creamery® has solidified itself as a fan favorite in the U.S. ice cream industry.

Cold Stone Creamery is a thriving franchise system with more than 1,000 locations across the country and a presence in nearly 30 markets internationally. Both 2016 and 2017 saw an increase in the number of franchise owners joining the system, and 2018 is shaping up for even larger growth. Cold Stone Creamery is not only the ultimate ice cream brand, it is the ultimate business someone who has always dreamed of owning their own frozen dessert business.

Today the average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year, which is the world’s highest per capita consumption according to the International Dairy Foods Association. Cold Stone Creamery offers guests a unique and highly personalized ice cream experience because we focus on customization. You can choose any flavor and topping combination to make your ultimate ice cream dessert. In fact, Cold Stone Creamery pioneered the personalized ice cream movement which remains as popular today as it was 30 years ago.

“The creamery part of Cold Stone Creamery is real: our franchisees make the ice cream fresh in-store which gives our brand’s ice cream an artisanal quality.  creates customer loyalty,” says John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development, which for 30 years has been helping hundreds of entrepreneurs realize their dreams of owning a business they can be passionate about for the long-term.

This ice cream business inspires a unique kind of entrepreneur to open up shop: the kind of person who loves to welcome people when they walk through the door, who wants to help someone make a good day better and a bad day a bit more bearable, and the kind of person who has the patience and passion to train employees to not only keep the shop operating, but to create guest loyalty.

“People just went absolutely crazy for it when we opened,” says Terry Sedmak, owner of two Cold Stone Creamery franchises in Michigan. “Now, everybody knows what Cold Stone Creamery is and this works in our favor,” Terry says. “There is still nothing like the experience you get when you walk into a Cold Stone Creamery. We just have a completely different customer experience, and we are well known for it. There are other brands, but in my opinion, no one comes close to our brand’s ice cream. It’s truly exceptional.”

Ongoing demand for ice cream gives Cold Stone Creamery staying power

Due to an unending demand for the commodity of ice cream, Cold Stone Creamery has remarkable staying power and now is the time to invest.

“That’s the best part about Cold Stone Creamery — not only is it a sound investment with tremendous support and an exceptional product, but it’s also a fun business to own,” says Jay Goldstein, VP of Franchise Development with Cold Stone Creamery. “Our brand’s goal is to add hundreds of locations in the United States in the coming years. The future of Cold Stone Creamery is bright!”

The initial investment estimate for a Cold Stone Creamery franchise ranges from as low as $50,200 to $467,525 for traditional models. There are also kiosk, non-traditional and express models available. Cold Stone Creamery can be far more affordable than other dessert or frozen-treat franchise concepts, and more importantly, it has an iconic business model that has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs realize their potential of small business ownership while bringing the joy of artisanal, super-premium ice cream to their communities.

Prior experience in either the restaurant industry or as a small business owner is not a requirement. Cold Stone Creamery is designed for the success of the first-time entrepreneur. Our brand’s executive team has invested significantly in ongoing education, training and has an entire team devoted to helping franchisees market their business, meet financial goals and support them in every aspect of growing the business over the long-term.

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