Italian Ice Franchise
An Award Winning Business Opportunity
Year to Year Rita's has received top rankings from highly regarded industrial publications.
Starting a franchise with Rita’s allows you to capitalize on a proven business model which has more than 600+ locations in operation today. The company is aggressively expanding internationally with operating locations in Canada, Philippines, the Caribbean and Middle East. Year after year Rita’s has received top rankings by highly regarded industry publications, making Rita’s an award winning business opportunity.
- Ranked #1 in Nation's Restaurant News "Consumer Pick's 2014" for Service and Value
- Ranked 14th overall in the Limited-Service category in 2014
- Ranks 81st on Entrepreneur Magazine's "2014 Franchise 500" list
- Rated #1 Best Custard / Ice Cream by ZAGAT in 2012
- "The Nation's #1 Franchise Among Specialty Ices." Entrepreneur Magazine
- "Top 25 Franchise High Performer." The Wall Street Journal
- Named Top 100 in the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur Magazine
- Ranked #2 in "Chains ranked by likelihood of customer return" by Nation's Restaurant News
- #29 on the 2015 Franchise Gator Top 100
why franchisees us!
I KNEW I HAD TO DO SOMETHING BIGGER
"I first set my eyes on opening a Rita's more than a year ago and once I realized the opportunity and full potential of the convenience and gas space, I knew I had to do something bigger. I'm thrilled to have my plans finally come to fruition and I look forward to spreading my love of Rita's up and down the West Coast."
- MEENU SANDHU - PRESIDENT, M&M ARC INC.
OLD SAN JUAN IS BUZZING
"Old San Juan is buzzing with foot traffic and couldn't be a more perfect first location for Rita's to make its mark in the Caribbean. We have big plans for expansion beyond Old San Juan. It's an exciting time to be part of Rita's."
- JACK MAXEY - MANAGING MEMBER, PUERTO RITA'S, LLC
CALGARY IS JUST THE BEGINNING
"After years of planning we're thrilled to finally introduce Rita's signature 'cool treats' to the Calgary community. Calgary is just the beginning for us - Canadians will be seeing a lot more of Rita's in their own neighborhoods across the country."
- STEVE MCDONOUGH - CANADA WATER ICE CO., LTD
RITA'S IS WELL-LOVED
"Rita's is well-loved, 30 year old brand that is being enthusiastically embraced by the west coast. Rita's swept Southern California this year and we'll soon introduce millions of Bay Area residents to Rita's "Ice-Custard-Happiness" and cool treats. We're thrilled with the opportunity and are eager to develop the ultra-successful Rita's franchise system throughout the region."
- MATT RASMUSSEN - PRESIDENT, EAST BAY ICE EMPIRE, INC.
600+ Owners Can't Be Wrong!
Starting a franchise with Rita’s allows you to capitalize on a proven business model which has more than 600 outlets in operation today. Year after year Rita’s has received top rankings by highly regarded industry publications like Entrepreneur Magazine, Bonds Top 100, and Wall Street Journal’s Start Up Journal.com.
Rita’s continues to see unprecedented growth as it continues to grow across the nation, becoming a year round spectacular with its “made fresh daily” Italian Ice and creating a passion not just for the brand, but the opportunity to become a Rita’s Italian Ice franchise owner. Rita’s franchisees come from all walks of life with one thing in common – the desire to choose their own destiny with a proven system and to benefit from extensive corporate support from site selection and training to ongoing operational, marketing, and research and development support.
Rita’s success goes hand-in-hand with the success of our Franchisees. To help ensure that each store maximizes its potential, our Cool Support Center in Trevose, Pennsylvania, is committed to standing behind our Franchisees with full start-up guidance, construction and design consultation, comprehensive operations training, system-wide and local store marketing and ongoing field support.
Securing Real Estate
- Assessing market availability
- Evaluating properties
- Negotiating assistance
- Real Estate Manager support
Store Opening Support
- On-site training
- Assistance with store setup
- Assistance with staff development
- Review of operational programs and systems
- Financial management
- Grand Opening marketing plan
- Branding and system advertising
- Local store marketing tools
- Public Relations
Store Construction & Design
- Working with Rita's Project Manager
- Working with your local officials
- Finalizing your design
- Building your store
Rita's Cool University
- State-of-the-art training facility
- Producing and maintaining the product
- Operations and procedures
- Inventory controls
- Safe food handling
- Customer service excellence
- Financial management and marketing
- Secure dependable vendors
- Negotiate best possible costs
Research & Development
- New products
- Flavor and equipment development
- Flavor and equipment refinement
- Support of franchise for long-term success
Ongoing Field Support
- Assistance with new product roll-out
- Updates on new programs/systems
- Advising on local store marketing plans
- Financial management
- Ongoing TOPS Program (Total Operational Performance Success)
- One-on-one field support