Why Rita's
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

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600+ Locations Worldwide!

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.





Why Rita's Italian Ice
Learn From A Franchisee





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

Marketing Support

  • Branding and system advertising
  • Local store marketing tools
  • Public Relations
  • Promotions
  • Events

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

Supply Chain

  • 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