Entrepreneur magazine names Rita’s among 2019’s Top Franchises for Veterans

See why Rita’s makes perfect sense for veterans seeking a transition into civilian careers

A little girl clutches a small American flag while she hugs her father, who is wearing combat fatigues. A large American flag waves in the background on the right-hand side of the photo.

Entrepreneur magazine ranked Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard at No. 41 among the 150 Top Franchises for Veterans. If you or someone you know is a veteran looking for a smart business opportunity, this is another great reason to consider owning a Rita’s franchise.

Entrepreneur compiles the annual rankings based on a number of criteria. While, as the magazine notes, “hundreds” of franchises offer incentives to veterans such as discounted franchise fees, not all are worthy of inclusion in the rankings.

How the franchises were ranked

In order to determine the best franchises for veterans, Entrepreneur did a deeper dive. They sent a survey to all of the companies that offer veterans discounts and then analyzed those results.

“From there, we developed our ranking of the top 150 franchises for veterans, taking into account each company’s veteran incentive, how veteran franchisees are attracted to and supported by the company, and how each company scored in the 2019 Franchise 500,” the magazine wrote.

Why vets are a great fit for Rita’s

Running a Rita’s franchise requires skill sets that are commonly acquired and honed during military service. Taking a leadership role while also maintaining the ability to work within the structure of a franchise business and being a team player is key to success, with Rita’s or any franchise.

In addition, running a Rita’s franchise requires a strong work ethic and a desire to help others develop their leadership skills. Most employees are teens and young adults, and franchisees who enjoy motivating and inspiring future leaders will find Rita’s a good fit.

Rita’s is proud of our men and women who have served our country, and as such we are a member of VetFran, the branch of the International Franchise Association (IFA) that helps U.S. military vets transition into civilian life by giving them greater access to franchising opportunities.

We want to do our part in making it easier for veterans to build new civilian careers for themselves as entrepreneurs. We offer an accessible startup investment as well as simple operations, which don’t require any expensive, high-maintenance stoves, ovens or fryers.

The opportunity to own a Rita’s is the opportunity to run your own business with the backing of experts and a proven track record of success. Our franchise owners come from all walks of life. However, with honorably discharged veterans, we already know you’re capable of following a roadmap to success.

Own a Rita’s

Rita’s offers a 20% discount off our initial franchise fee to all veterans who were honorably discharged and are qualified franchise candidates. Ours is a unique franchise opportunity with 600+ units nationwide and plenty of areas available. To learn more, please explore our website. You can fill out the form on this page to access our Franchise Information Center, where you’ll find detailed financial results, a breakdown of startup costs and in-depth Q&As with Rita’s franchisees.

Rita’s ranks among best franchises for veterans by Entrepreneur, Military Times

Get a discount on our fees while using your leadership and teamwork skills to become a successful business owner

Our franchise was recently ranked No. 46 among Entrepreneur magazine’s best franchises for veterans. Based on a survey of the top 150 franchise companies for veterans, the rankings took into account discounts for vets and other factors such as franchisee support and where the company ranked among the Franchise 500. We also ranked 36th on Military Times Best Franchises 2018, which rated brands based on criteria including performance, costs, support and company culture.

Transitioning from military service back to civilian life isn’t always seamless. But the skills you acquired as a member of the armed services, such as leadership and how to work effectively as part of a team, are the very skills that will help you become successful as a Rita’s franchisee.

Rita’s Italian Ice is a great franchise for vets because we offer an affordable investment and let you make a living by making other people happy.

A hand holds up a Rita’s branded cup against an American flag against a blue sky with a couple of fluffy white clouds.

You’ve made your country proud. Now, you can make yourself proud by taking the reins of ownership with a Rita’s franchise, which is looking for experienced veterans to invest.

Your skills work in our business model

Rita’s provides you with a simple but proven formula that you can follow to build your own successful business. But we also allow you the freedom to grow your business at your own pace, so you get the best of both worlds. Those teamwork and leadership skills that you honed during your time in the military will be put to good use as you hire your Rita’s Treat Team members.

You’ll teach them how to make our delicious Italian ice in the store every day, and how to make the perfect swirl of frozen custard atop a Gelati. You and any of your full-time managers will learn all the particular facets of running a Rita’s at our corporate headquarters in Trevose, PA, and then you’ll pass along those skills to all the people you’ll hire to work in your Rita’s franchise.

Three Italian Ices in branded Rita’s cups are in flavors colored, from left to right, white, blue and red.

Be on the front lines of happiness. It’s even in our tagline: Ice. Custard. Happiness.

You gave something. Rita’s gives something back.

Serving in the armed forces is a dangerous job, and we appreciate the sacrifices every veteran has made for our nation. We believe veterans should be given special considerations when they get ready to return to civilian life, and to that end we offer financial incentives.

Veterans who qualify as franchise candidates will be eligible for a 50% discount off our $30,000 franchise fee. That’s a significant savings to give you a headstart on making your entrepreneurial dreams come true.

Rita’s startup costs are already accessible, with a startup investment ranging from $150,500 to $440,900. In the business world, especially in the foodservice franchise segment, that’s pretty affordable. Our uncomplicated business model, based on just two core products of Italian Ice and frozen custard, makes Rita’s a great entryway into food franchising.

Learn more

If you’d like to learn more about the growing Italian ice business opportunity with Rita’s, fill out the form on this page to access our Franchise Information Center, where you can find detailed financial results, a breakdown of startup costs and in-depth Q&As with Rita’s franchisees. You can also find more information about our franchise by exploring our research pages.