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Cold Stone Creamery
Ice cream, sorbet

Cold Stone Creamery
Ice cream, sorbet



Franchising Since

1994 (24 Years)

Corporate Address

9311 E. Via De Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85258


Stanley Ma

Parent Company

Kahala Brands

Ticker Symbol


Financial Requirements
Initial Investment

$50,200 - $467,525

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees
Initial Franchise Fee

$10,000 - $27,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

Cold Stone Creamery has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
franchise fee, startup costs, equipment

Veteran Incentives

20% off franchise fee

Support Options
Ongoing Support



Toll-Free Line

Grand Opening

Online Support

Field Operations

Site Selection

Franchisee Intranet Platform

Marketing Support

Co-op Advertising

National Media

Regional Advertising

Social media


Website development

Email marketing

On-The-Job Training:

80 hours

Classroom Training:

40 hours

Absentee Ownership Allowed
Number of Employees Required to Run:

10 - 15

Donald and Susan Sutherland opened the first Cold Stone Creamery in 1988 in Tempe, Arizona. Franchising began in 1994, and the company is now owned by Kahala, which also franchises Blimpie, Surf City Squeeze, TacoTime and other concepts. Each Cold Stone store makes its ice cream fresh daily, and the ice cream is blended by hand with fruits, nuts, candy, cookies and more according to customers' requests.
Initial Investment: Low - $50,200 High - $467,525
-1.2%-15 UNITS (1 Year) -2.1%-27 UNITS (3 Years)

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:

Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Franchise Financing
Using 401(K)/IRA Funds
  • Tax Penalty-Free
  • Debt Free
  • Expert Guidance
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Updated: September 19th, 2017