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Cold Stone Creamery
Priority development : North America, China
Countries/Regions already covered : United States
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If the ice cream wasn’t enough to convince you, Cold Stone’s® franchise opportunities are about as solid as they come. And no wonder, when you consider Cold Stone Creamery® stands alone as the fastest-growing super-premium ice cream concept in the country. Original product original in-store experience = an entrepreneur’s recipe for success.

As if selling ice cream wasn’t good enough, Cold Stone® owners are backed by a business structure and track record of stability and growth. And to top it off, they’re continuously supported by the efforts of the entire Creamery team, those faithful ice cream fanatics who work at our worldwide headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Of all the franchise applications we receive per month, one-half of new Cold Stones are typically awarded to existing franchisees. Now that’s a club that you may want to become a member of. And why wouldn’t you?

Cost & Fees for : United States
Franchise Fee : 42K
Personnal investment : -
Total investment : 267,2K-406,1K
Royalty fee : 6%

Our founders, Donald and Susan Sutherland, have a passion for ice cream! They searched everywhere for ice cream that was “smooth and creamy”, rather than the traditional hard-packed or soft-serve varieties.

In 1988, after coming up empty in their search, they opened the first Cold Stone Creamery® in Tempe, Arizona. Using only the finest ingredients, the Sutherlands produced the highest quality ice cream available…making it fresh each day in their store.

Every ice cream creation was then made to order for each customer by blending in mix-ins on a frozen granite stone (the Cold Stone!), and served in a fresh-baked waffle cone. Word soon spread far and wide among ice cream lovers that Cold Stone Creamery’s ice cream was the best, and the revolution began!

In 1995, the first franchise store opened in Tucson, Arizona, followed by the first out-of-state store in Camarillo, California.

- ice creams
- cakes

- Available at headquarters: 11 days
- At franchisee's location: 3 days

- Newsletter
- Meetings
- Toll-free phone line
- Grand opening
- Internet
- Security/safety procedures
- Field operations/evaluations
- Purchasing cooperatives

- Co-op advertising
- Ad slicks
- National media
- Regional advertising
- Other marketing support: In-house creative services group; local store marketing support


Cold Stone Creamery
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9311 E. Via De Ventura - AZ 85258 - Scottsdale - United States

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