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Franchise: Cold Stone Creamery

Initial Investment
LOW:$50,200
HIGH: $467,525
Change in Units
+2.3% +28 UNITS (1 Year)
-13.4% -196 UNITS (3 Years)

Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Internet
Field Operations
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
National Media
Regional Media

Training Onsite: 80 hours

Training at headquarters: 40 hours

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 10 - 15

About Cold Stone Creamery

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.

Founded

1988

Franchising Since

1994 (23 Years)

Corporate Address

9311 E. Via De Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85258

CEO

Stanley Ma

Parent Company

Kahala Brands

Ticker Symbol

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$50,200 - $467,525

Net-worth Requirement

$250,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$100,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee

$10,000 - $27,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee

6%

Ad Royalty Fee

3%

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

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Updated: September 19th, 2017

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