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Christiana Ginatta and her husband Ugo founded Paciugo Gelato Caffe based on a secret family recipe. The Ginattas moved to the United States, where they opened their first Paciugo Gelato Caffe. Soon, the store became popular, as Americans couldn't get enough of the delicious gelato. Today, the franchise has several locations located throughout the United States.

Each neighborhood Paciugo Gelato Caffe makes a few dozen handcrafted gelato flavors. The gelateria may offer espresso-based drinks, gelato-inspired shakes, iced coffees, and smoothies to add to its signature menu offerings. They also offer artisanal beverages like Italian roast coffee, hot chocolates, affogato, and arabica coffee. The brand's unique gelato may compete with ice cream by often having less fat and fewer calories.

Why You May Want to Start a Paciugo Gelato Caffe Franchise

Paciugo Gelato Caffe had started receiving franchising requests early on in its existence. However, the Ginattas chose to delay franchising until they had come up with an error-proof and quick way of making the finest fresh gelato. Paciugo Gelato Caffe also experimented with several corporate stores to establish their ideal location. This experimentation phase seemed to play a crucial role in ensuring that future franchisees maintained the company's commitment to quality.

In 2004, when the family was finally satisfied that they had everything right, the company offered franchising opportunities. The delicious and quality product combined with unmatched customer service may make the brand a good one to become a part of in the fast-casual sector. With a Paciugo Gelato Caffe franchise, you may not have to go into entrepreneurship alone.

What Might Make a Paciugo Gelato Caffe Franchise a Good Choice?

Paciugo Gelato Caffe typically offers two types of units for franchisees to choose from. Those two types offer different budgets and location types. There is either a caffe unit or a kiosk unit, with store layouts ranging in size.

To become a franchisee, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements. 

Paciugo Gelato Caffe has partnered with third-party financial lenders that may offer help covering the costs of the franchise fee, startup, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, and payroll.

How Do You Start a Paciugo Gelato Caffe Franchise?

As you decide if opening a Paciugo Gelato Caffe franchise is the right move for you, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if a Paciugo Gelato Caffe franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Paciugo Gelato Caffe franchising team questions.

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Company Overview

About Paciugo Gelato Caffe

Industry Food
Related Categories Miscellaneous Frozen Desserts, Ices, Ice Cream
Founded 2000
Parent Company Sinelli Concepts Int'l. Inc.
Leadership Jeff Sinelli, CEO
Corporate Address 1215 Viceroy Dr.
Dallas, TX 75202
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2004 (20 years)
# of employees at HQ 25
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchises worldwide.

# of Units 25 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Paciugo Gelato Caffe 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.

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$109,700 - $612,250
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
Cash Requirement Information Circle
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
$5,000 off franchise fee
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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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 Paciugo Gelato Caffe 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 50 hours
Classroom Training 18 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
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
Website Development
Email Marketing


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
# of employees required to run 12
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
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Updated: December 12th, 2022