Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Shop Franchise Named a Top Food Franchise for 2021

Entrepreneur magazine includes the iconic ice cream shop franchise on their list of worthy franchise opportunities

Cold Stone Creamery® ice cream shop franchise was recently named one of the top food franchises to invest in, according to Entrepreneur magazine.

The premier business publication’s prestigious annual list of “Top Food Franchises for 2021,” highlighted Cold Stone Creamery as a top 10 brand in the ice cream category.

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“Our annual list of the top restaurant and other food franchises, divided up by category, is the perfect place to start if you’re craving a food-based business opportunity,” Entrepreneur wrote. “If you think you’ve got a taste for buying a food franchise, start your search here with our annual ranking of the Top Food Franchises.”

Franchises are ranked within respective categories and reflect how each company scored in this year’s Franchise 500, based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of cost and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, as well as financial strength and stability.

Landing a high ranking in this year’s list is a reflection of our company’s brand strength, business model and continued innovation, beating out many high-performing competitors.

Founded in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery now reports many locations worldwide and continues to seek new franchises throughout the U.S. as well as in other countries. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the iconic ice cream franchise experienced strong growth in 2020, and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

With initial start-up costs of anywhere between $310375 and $476,975, starting a franchise is seen as a way for new business owners to launch a career. The franchise even has third-party sources which offer financing to cover costs such as franchise fees and equipment.

Cold Stone Creamery also offers 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.

All of these factors, and more, led to the company being recognized as a smart, worthy investment.

“We’re proud to be ranked so high on Entrepreneur’s list of the top brands in the ice cream category,” says John Wuycheck, SVP of Franchise Development with 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.”

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