Build a successful business bringing the world more Rita's.
Rita’s success goes hand-in-hand with the success of our Franchises. To help ensure that each outlet maximizes its potential, Rita’s is committed to standing behind our Franchisees with full start-up guidance, construction and design consultation, comprehensive operations training, system-wide and local store marketing and ongoing field support.
Year to Year Rita's has received top rankings from highly regarded industrial publications.
The Cool Support Center provides extensive support to help ensure your success.
Starting a franchise with Rita’s allows you to capitalize on a proven business model which has more than 600 outlets in operation today. Year after year Rita’s has received top rankings by highly regarded industry publications like Entrepreneur Magazine, Bonds Top 100, and Wall Street Journal’s Start Up Journal.com.
Rita’s continues to see unprecedented growth as it continues to grow across the nation, becoming a year round spectacular with its “made fresh daily” Italian Ice and creating a passion not just for the brand, but the opportunity to become a Rita’s Italian Ice franchise owner. Rita’s franchisees come from all walks of life with one thing in common – the desire to choose their own destiny with a proven system and to benefit from extensive corporate support from site selection and training to ongoing operational, marketing, and research and development support.
It's an exciting time to be part of Rita's.
Before you begin a new business venture, it's important to get the facts.
Opening a Rita's Italian Ice franchise requires a strong and personal commitment and active involvement in store operations. Franchisee approval is based on a number of factors, including integrity, personal and financial qualifications, a high level of energy, positive attitude, dedication, and leadership abilities.
To ensure that our franchisees will be able to qualify with both lenders and landlords, we require that potential franchisees interested in a single store opportunity have a minimum $300,000 net worth and $100,000 in liquid capital. We also have multi-outlet opportunities available for those who fulfill specific financial requirements.
You will have ongoing access to our expertise and materials in the following areas:
The Royalty fee is 6.5%. The Advertising fee is 3%.
From a single front porch in Philadelphia to 600+ locations and growing.
The story of Rita’s Italian Ice dates back to the sweltering summer of 1984 when Bob Tumolo, a former Philadelphia firefighter, decided to open a small Italian Ice business to augment his income. Tumolo opened his first store in Bensalem, PA and named the business after his wife, Rita. From a single store on the porch of a home in 1984, Rita’s Ice has grown tremendously. In 2005, Rita’s had more than 300 locations and in 2007, Rita’s exceeded growth opening more than 500 locations. Rita’s marked a special milestone in 2009 when the concept celebrated its 25th anniversary.
In December of 2011, a controlling interest in Rita’s was sold to Falconhead Capital, LLC. Founded in 1998, Falconhead is a leading investment firm focused on operationally-intensive control investments in small to lower middle-market companies. Falconhead takes a proactive operating approach to value creation by targeting transactions in niche growth verticals where they can leverage their substantial financial, operational, and strategic resources to help businesses pursue growth opportunities and other value building strategies.
Learn more about owning your own Rita's Italian Ice Franchise.
Rita's Franchise Sales Team
Rita's Italian Ice Franchise Company, LLC
1210 Northbrook Drive, Suite 310
Trevose, PA 19053
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