Cold Stone Creamery® Franchise

For over 30 years we've served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies, and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients, and of course, our signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.

To buy a franchise with Cold Stone Creamery®, you'll need to have at least $100000 in liquid capital and a minimum net worth of $250000. Cold Stone Creamery® charges a franchise fee of $27000.

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Franchisor Details

Incorporated Name: Cold Stone Creamery®
Total Units: 1000
Year Founded: 1988
Franchising Since: 2008
Home Office: Scottsdale, AZ
Training: Available
Locations Available: See Below*
Franchise Costs

Franchise Costs

Financing: Via 3rd party
Liquid Capital Required: $100,000
Net Worth Required: $250,000
Total Investment: $266,625 – $468,775
Franchise Fee: $27,000
Royalty Type: -
Vetern Discount: -

*Cold Stone Creamery® is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Values & History

How good is our ice cream? Well, let's just say that on a scale of 1 to 10, we're somewhere around 11.5. But we're about more than just serving up amazing ice cream. We like to think we're really in the business of making people happy.

It's all about what we call the 10-Minute Vacation®, a getaway people deserve from the world outside our doors. By just heading inside any Cold Stone Creamery®, that's what they get.

From our enthusiastic, singing crew members, to the shared laughter of a family enjoying a treat together — if it's making people, their friends, or loved ones happy, then we're doing our jobs right!

Industry Performance

Market Demand & Advantage

Ice cream is America's favorite dessert. Ice cream has been an American favorite since George Washington was president. Not only do we spend $8 billion a year on ice cream, but the "Real Dish on Ice Cream Survey" also revealed that 87 percent of Americans keep ice cream in their freezer regularly, and the average American enjoys 48 pints of ice cream per year.

There has never been a better time to invest in a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream business franchise, says John Wuycheck, SVP of Franchise Development with Cold Stone Creamery.

Cold Stone Creamery is a brand that will continue to do incredibly well. Not only do we enjoy household name recognition in America and globally, but we believe our product is far superior to what is available on the market.

The creamery part of Cold Stone Creamery is real: we make our ice cream fresh in-house, which gives our ice cream an artisanal quality, and a taste that becomes a craving that creates customer loyalty.

As a franchisor, we have designed Cold Stone Creamery to be an easy-to-run, easy-to-scale business. We've been growing for years, and we're not slowing down anytime soon.

Training & Support

We seek out people who:

  • Are savvy entrepreneurs
  • Have a passion for ice cream
  • Want to use their passion for the customer in-store experience to bring the Cold Stone Creamery® franchise to new communities at home and abroad

Ideal Candidate & Qualifications

We seek out people who:

  • Are savvy entrepreneurs
  • Have a passion for ice cream
  • Want to use their passion for the customer in-store experience to bring the Cold Stone Creamery franchise to new communities at home and abroad

Purchasing a Cold Stone Creamery® Franchise

Franchise Fee: $27,000. Net Worth Required: $250,000. Total Investment: $266,625 - $468,775. Liquid Capital Required: $100,000.

Cold Stone Creamery® is an affordable frozen-treat franchise concept, and more importantly, it has a proven business model that has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs realize their potential of small business ownership while bringing the joy of artisanal, super-premium ice cream to their communities.

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