Rita’s Italian Ice Expands with Area Developer Agreements
Local Franchisees and Rita's Italian Ice Expands Brand by Offering 65 Franchise Opportunities across Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico
DENVER (May 2016) - Rita’s Italian Ice signs its thirtieth area development agreement for Colorado and Wyoming. Rita’s strategic growth plan constitutes area developers to pioneer Rita’s icy treats while bringing innovative growth to their expansion plan. Area developers are Rita’s enthusiasts and work closely with the franchisor to acquire new franchisees in their territories who are passionate about the Rita’s brand.
Rita’s Franchise owners, Donald Shooster, Sam Shooster and Rick Fernicola were awarded Area Development Agreements for this region and earlier RNM Properties, LLC signed area development agreements for the state of New Mexico and included southern Colorado areas Durango, Pagosa Springs and Trinidad, totaling 65 new stores across three states. The next Rita's franchise location to celebrate their grand opening is Colorado Springs, slated to open this summer.
Denver-based partners, Shooster, Shooster and Fernicola and own two stand-alone Rita’s franchise locations as well as stands inside of two Colorado sporting venues. These two highly visited venues are located at the multi-sport Denver arena, the Pepsi Center and inside the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, a soccer-specific stadium in Commerce City, Colorado.
“We are looking forward to growing the Rita’s brand throughout Colorado and Wyoming,” says Rita’s Italian Ice Area Developer and Franchisee, Donald Shooster. “We are passionate about finding franchise owners that are a good fit with Rita’s values.”
Rita’s is best known for their fresh, delicious Italian Ice and Frozen Custards. Rita’s is dedicated about giving their customers the best experience possible, which is why they have strict freshness standards in place; any product not sold within 36 hours of being made must be discarded. Armed with the knowledge that the tasty treats are always fresh, customers have come to love the Rita’s experience.
To find out more on owning a Rita’s location, visit www.ownaritas.com.
About Rita’s Italian Ice
The popular chain offers many delicious frozen treats that combine their famous Italian Ice and award-winning Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard, including layered Gelati, blended Misto® Shake and a personalized Blendini® which mixes Italian Ice, Frozen Custard and a delicious topping. Other menu items include Milkshakes, Frozen Drinks, Sundaes, Frozen Custard Cakes and Custard Cookie Sandwiches. Since 1984, Rita’s has been dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with its freshly made, delicious treats in a fun-filled atmosphere, and over thirty years later, it is still spreading “Ice, Custard, Happiness!” For more information about Rita’s Italian Ice, please call 1-800-677-7482 or visit www.ritasice.com.
About Rita’s Franchise Company
Ranked #1 in Nation’s Restaurant News “Consumer Pick’s 2014” for Service and Value in the Frozen Treat category and 14th overall in the Limited-Service category, Rita’s Franchise Company is the largest Italian Ice concept in the world with more than 600 stores in the U.S. The company is aggressively expanding internationally with operating locations in the Philippines, Canada and the Middle East. Rita’s, headquartered in Trevose, Pa., was also named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal” and ranks #81 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “2014 Franchise 500” list. For more information about Rita’s franchise opportunities, please visit: www.ownaritas.com.