Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery

Initial Investment

LOW: $52,200
HIGH: $467,525

Change in Units

-3.2% -40 UNITS (1 Year)
-18.1% -224 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1994 (22 Years)

Corporate Address

9311 E. Via De Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85258


Stanley Ma

Parent Company

Kahala Franchising LLC

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.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$52,200 - $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

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 14

Lowest Rank: 90

Units (Locations)

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

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 80 hours

Training at headquarters: 40 hours

Ongoing Support
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Regional Media
National Media

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 10 - 15

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Updated: October 13th, 2016

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