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Franchise: Rita's Italian Ice

Initial Investment
LOW:$150,500
HIGH: $440,900
Change in Units
+4.0% +24 UNITS (1 Year)
+12.5% +69 UNITS (3 Years)

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

Training Onsite: 40 hours

Training at headquarters: 40 hours

Additional Training: At certified training store

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of employees required to run: 2 - 15

About Rita's Italian Ice

In 1984, former firefighter Bob Tumolo opened his first Italian ice store in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, naming it after his wife Rita. His mother helped him make the Italian ice, and his brother John helped him open three more stores over the next three years, all in the Philadelphia area. Customers began asking about how to open their own Rita's Italian Ice, so Tumolo began franchising in 1989. Today the chain offers frozen custard, gelato, milkshakes, frozen drinks, sundaes and other frozen treats in addition to its ices. Argosy Private Equity and MTN Capital acquired Rita's Franchise Company in 2017.

Founded

1984

Franchising Since

1989 (28 Years)

Corporate Address

1210 Northbrook Dr., #310 Trevose, PA 19053

CEO

Linda Chadwick

Units (Locations)

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

Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$150,500 - $440,900

Net-worth Requirement

$300,000

Liquid Cash Requirement

$100,000

Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee

$30,000 - $30,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee

6.5%

Ad Royalty Fee

3%

Financing Options

Rita's Italian Ice has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
startup costs, equipment

Veteran Incentives


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Updated: September 14th, 2017

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