Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sherbets
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
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Initial investment
$231K - $1.3M
Units as of 2021
187 5.6% over 3 years

Company Overview

Bruce Reed got his start in the restaurant business as a child, helping his parents at their diner, Jerry's Curb Service, in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania. He opened the first Bruster's Real Ice Cream next door to that restaurant in 1989. He began franchising in 1993. Bruster's stores offer ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, sherbet and sorbet in a variety of flavors.

About Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Ice Cream, Ices
Founded
1989
Parent Company
Bruster's Limited Partnership
Leadership
Jim Sahene, CEO
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A Scoop Above The Rest - Bruster’s® Real Ice Cream

Since 1989, Bruster’s® has become one of the country’s favorite frozen treat chains. And for the last 20 years, we’ve been ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine, most recently as a top franchise for veterans! You’ll find almost 200 independently owned Bruster’s® locations in 20 states, Guyana and South Korea -- and we are adding more than 20 units in 2021. If you are looking for a fun business with an ethical franchisor committed to the success of its franchisees, you owe it to yourself to learn more.

Discover The Difference. Always Handmade. Always Fresh.

The Bruster’s® difference starts with our proprietary home-style mix, delivered fresh from our dairy to each store, where small artisan batches of ice creams, yogurts, ices, and sorbets are made fresh daily. Each location offers a selection of 30 to 40 custom, decadent flavors, out of over 160 recipes to choose from, each day.

Make A Difference In Your Life And Your Community

You’ll discover that being a Bruster’s® franchisee is more than a financial investment or a means to support your family. A Bruster’s® Real Ice Cream store is a place where people come happy and ready to make a memory! This business is a catalyst for community connections and family celebrations. You will become a mentor to your young employees, your ice cream becomes the basis for special family traditions, and your patio becomes a gathering place for friends and family celebrations. You will have the opportunity to sponsor neighborhood teams and offer fundraising opportunities for schools and churches. If you are looking for a business that is meaningful and fulfilling, you should take a closer look at Bruster’s® Real Ice Cream!

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Who We Are And What We Stand For

As a privately held company, we focus on helping you build the right store, in the right place, with the right training and the right employees. Our experienced team provides tools, resources, guidance, and advice that includes:

  • Lending resources and business plan templates
  • Site selection support and real estate broker connections
  • Construction management
  • Comprehensive training in both corporate office and within your store for grand opening
  • Comprehensive marketing programs and individual assistance
  • Grand opening plan and resources
  • Product procurement and distribution
  • Field operations consultants
  • Continuous product innovation
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Build The Bruster’s® That’s Perfect For You

Thanks to several simple yet straightforward design options, you can tailor your ice cream business to your specific needs and geography. Our options include walk up service (with and without drive-thru service) that can be developed as an endcap or freestanding store. Either of these options provides a streamlined operation that allows you to service high volumes of guests quickly and efficiently.

We offer:

  • Generous protected territories
  • Veteran discount - 50% off the franchise fee
  • Subsequent unit discount - 50% off the franchise fee
  • No renewal fees
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Let’s Get Started!

It’s a sweet decision and we will work with you every step of the way.

Just imagine the pride you’ll feel knowing that you’re serving the best ice cream around, made right in your store daily! When you become part of the Bruster’s® brand, you’ll know what it means to be a “A Scoop Above the Rest™!”

TAKE THE NEXT STEP — GET BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH OUR BRAND BY GOING TO OUR WEBSITE BELOW!

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Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1993 (28 years)
# of employees at HQ
25
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia

# of Units
187 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
730 Mulberry St.
Bridgewater, PA 15009

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Bruster's Real Ice Cream franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$35,000
Initial Investment
$231,200 - $1,320,000
Net Worth Requirement
$350,000 - $600,000
Cash Requirement
$125,000 - $300,000
Veteran Incentives
50% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
5%
Ad Royalty Fee
3%
Term of Agreement
10 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Bruster's Real Ice Cream has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
62 hours
Classroom Training
19.5 hours
Additional Training
At opening
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
8
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Ranked #72

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Updated: February 8th, 2021