Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Initial Investment

LOW: $264,000
HIGH: $1,324,000

Change in Units

+2.2% +4 UNITS (1 Year)
-12.4% -23 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1993 (23 Years)

Corporate Address

730 Mulberry St. Bridgewater, PA 15009


Jim Sahene

About Bruster's Real Ice Cream

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, expanding primarily in the south, southeast and northeast. Bruster's stores offer ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, sherbet and sorbet in a variety of flavors.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$264,000 - $1,324,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$80,000 - $200,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

Bruster's Real Ice Cream has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Veteran Incentives

50% off franchise fee

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 124

Lowest Rank: 492

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and in the following regions/states: See List

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: 7 days

Training at headquarters: 10 days

Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Slicks
National Media

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 15 - 30

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Updated: October 6th, 2016

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