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
$265K - $1.6M
Units as of 2021
190 4% 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
Kim Ellis, VP of Development & Legal

Franchising Overview

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

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

# of Units
190 (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
$264,500 - $1,586,000
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: 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
Co-op Advertising
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
8-25
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Ranked #72

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Ranked #8 in Ice Cream

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Updated: February 8th, 2021