Why Rita's is a sweet success?

Build a successful business bringing the world more Rita's.

Rita's Italian Ice Franchise
  • A superior, DIFFERENTIATED product in the Dessert category - we OWN the ICE category.
  • Made fresh daily on premise; real fruit in each fruit flavored ice.
  • Small operating footprint requirement.
  • Limited equipment and food preparation needed.
  • Complementary day part to other QSR businesses.
  • Scalable business.

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.

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Rita's Welcomes Start of Summer on Fox News

Rita’s Italian Ice was excited to spend the morning with Fox and Friends to welcome in the first day of summer. Rita’s had a great day spreading smiles as we brought our frozen treats to the streets of New York with our food trucks and push carts. You can learn more about our amazing product and franchise offerings by watching the clip from our feature on Fox News.

An Award Winning Business Opportunity

Year to Year Rita's has received top rankings from highly regarded industrial publications.

  • Rated #1 Best Custard / Ice Cream by ZAGAT in 2012
  • "The Nation's #1 Franchise Among Specialty Ices." Entrepreneur Magazine
  • "Top 25 Franchise High Performer." The Wall Street Journal
  • Named Top 100 in the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Ranked #2 in "Chains ranked by likelihood of customer return" by Nation's Restaurant News
  • #29 on the 2015 Franchise Gator Top 100
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Why 600 owners can't be wrong.

The Cool Support Center provides extensive support to help ensure your success.

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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.











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What Rita's owners are saying.

It's an exciting time to be part of Rita's.


"Rita's is well-loved, 30 year old brand that is being enthusiastically embraced by the west coast. Rita's swept Southern California this year and we'll soon introduce millions of Bay Area residents to Rita's "Ice-Custard-Happiness" and cool treats. We're thrilled with the opportunity and are eager to develop the ultra-successful Rita's franchise system throughout the region."

Matt Rasmussen, President, East Bay Ice Empire, Inc.
Area Developer - Northern California, Nevada, Arizona & Hawaii


"After years of planning we're thrilled to finally introduce Rita's signature 'cool treats' to the Calgary community. Calgary is just the beginning for us - Canadians will be seeing a lot more of Rita's in their own neighborhoods across the country."

Steve McDonough, Canada Water Ice Co., LTD
Master Franchisee - Canada


"Old San Juan is buzzing with foot traffic and couldn't be a more perfect first location for Rita's to make its mark in the Caribbean. We have big plans for expansion beyond Old San Juan. It's an exciting time to be part of Rita's."

Jack Maxey, Managing Member, Puerto Rita's, LLC
Master Franchisee - Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands


"I first set my eyes on opening a Rita's more than a year ago and once I realized the opportunity and full potential of the convenience and gas space, I knew I had to do something bigger. I'm thrilled to have my plans finally come to fruition and I look forward to spreading my love of Rita's up and down the West Coast."

Meenu Sandhu, President, M&M ARC Inc.
Convenience & Gas Area Developer - West Coast

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Rita's FAQs.

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:

  • Business Development
  • Construction
  • Store Operations
  • Training
  • Research & Development

  • Site Selection & Lease Negotiation
  • Advertising & Promotions
  • Quality Control
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain


The Royalty fee is 6.5%. The Advertising fee is 3%.

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How Rita's Italian Ice concept began.

From a single front porch in Philadelphia to 600+ locations and growing.

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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.

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Who Can I Contact?

Rita's Franchise Sales Team
Rita's Italian Ice Franchise Company, LLC
1210 Northbrook Drive, Suite 310
Trevose, PA 19053

1.800.677.7482 (RITA)
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Rita's Italian Ice Franchise
Rita's Italian Ice Franchise