Why Cold Stone Creamery® Can Be the Best Ice Cream Franchise to Buy

Cold Stone Creamery is an iconic brand that stands out for consumers seeking the ultimate ice cream product and experience

While other food concepts are struggling, ice cream stands out as a strong food business to operate. Cold Stone Creamery is one of the most well-loved brands in the global ice cream market, with premium flavors made in-store, an expansive online menu and a fan base that’s been growing since the late 1980s.

It’s no surprise that ice cream is one of the top go-to comfort foods of 2020. Choosing Ice cream and mixins at Cold Stone is a happy excursion for all ages that melts away the stress of everyday life. For investors looking for a best ice cream franchise to buy, Cold Stone has a strong brand recognition and is looking forward to expanding in new and existing markets.

A food business that’s been resilient in uncertain economic times, Cold Stone Creamery can be an affordable opportunity backed by global franchising expert Kahala Brands™. The initial investment for a Cold Stone Creamery franchise ranges from $53,200 – $476,975. Our business model and thorough training have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams of small-business ownership while running a community business that brings joy.

“Cold Stone Creamery is unique in the ice cream franchise space, because we make our ice cream in-house,” says Dr. Maya Warren, Tastemaster™ with Cold Stone Creamery. “Our product is exceptional, and that is evident in the fact that millions of people around the world love the experience they get at their local Cold Stone Creamery — and that number grows every day. The best part about Cold Stone Creamery is that we get to make people happy.”


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Cold Stone customers can create their dream ice cream experience from home

With so many limitations on “normal” activities, it’s refreshing to have flexibility when it comes to ordering from Cold Stone. We ushered in 2020 with the rollout of our entire menu online, enabling customers to order from the comfort of home and choose whatever pickup or delivery option best suits their needs.

Every Cold Stone Creamery has 10-12 ice cream varieties to choose from as well as seasonal favorites or limited time creations. Then there are all of our signature mix-in offerings that allow customers to get as creative as they want — everything from REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cups and gummy bears to brownies and fresh fruit. Just like our ice cream, our waffle cones are made fresh in each store. And for the ice cream enthusiasts on the go, we offer pre-packed cartons of our customer favorites. We also sell cakes, ice cream cookie sandwiches and ice cream cupcakes for celebrations at home or what Cold Stone calls “the 10-minute vacation.”

“Now customers can bring the 10-minute vacation home however they want it! Now they can order the entire Cold Stone menu online from their phone or computer,” says John Wuycheck, SVP of Franchise Development. “Anything you want can be delivered right to your door, customized just like the in-store experience.”

If you’re ready to begin the journey to owning a business that can be easy to run and scale, plus brings smiles year round, consider investing in a Cold Stone Creamery. Our rapidly expanding creamery franchise can have virtually unlimited expansion potential* in the ice cream market.

Founded in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has captured millions of hearts and has grown to nearly 1,000 locations in the United States and more than 30 countries worldwide. The reason people love us is quite simple: you can’t get an experience like Cold Stone Creamery anywhere else. We are the ultimate ice cream business franchise and continue to grow by offering the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®: a super-premium, customizable ice cream that is made fresh in our stores, an endless array of mix-in combinations that allows customers to dream up their own Creations™, and exceptional customer service that is full of cheer, songs and smiles.

*Please speak with a Cold Stone Creamery Development Manager about available areas for expansion.

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