Entrepreneur magazine includes Rita’s frozen desserts franchise among the top franchise picks for veterans transitioning to civilian life

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Rita’s Italian Ice was once again named among the top franchises for veterans by Entrepreneur magazine.

The skills you gained in the military can help you be a top operator with our unique frozen desserts franchise. While our owners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from corporate America to the restaurant industry, Entrepreneur magazine has recognized that our successful franchise business is ideal for military veterans.

How Entrepreneur ranked the franchises

Entrepreneur magazine invited franchise companies that offer financial incentives to veterans to participate in a survey about their veterans programs. “From there,” the magazine says, “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 2018 Franchise 500.”

To help support veterans, we offer a 50% discount off our $30,000 franchise fee to all veterans who were honorably discharged and are qualified franchise candidates. That’s a significant savings to give you a headstart on making your entrepreneurial dreams come true.

Why Rita’s is a great business for vets

We are a proud 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.

The skill sets that veterans develop during their time in the military happen to dovetail perfectly with the skills you need to be a successful franchise owner. Rita’s is a great business in which to develop up-and-coming leaders. Our Treat Team members tend to be high school and college students, and many franchise owners enjoy helping them develop a strong work ethic and leadership skills.

As a franchise owner, 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.
A row of various colorful Italian Ice and frozen custard treats are grouped together in Rita’s branded cups.

An accessible investment

Rita’s provides you with a simple but proven formula that you can follow to build your own successful business.You have the freedom to grow the business at your own pace.

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 what it takes to join one of the top franchises for veterans, please explore our research pages. 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.