Kona Ice

The concept for the Kona Ice franchise was conceived when its founder, Tony Lamb, had a bad experience with a dirty ice cream truck. He wanted to fix this problem with a brand that offers a quality product, friendly and put together drivers, and clean trucks. The fist Kona Ice truck drove around Boone County, Kentucky, in June 2007. After coming up with a business model and the first installment of the Flavorwave, Lamb awarded the brand's first franchise in 2008. If you are looking to be your own boss with a flexible schedule at an affordable price, then the Kona Ice franchise could be for you.  

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Kona Ice Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


Ice cream and shaved iced have been popular with Americans and the world for a long time. The history of shaved ice can be traced back to Roman Emperor Nero in 27 B.C. when he told his workers to bring back snow form the mountains, which was then flavored with a fruit and honey mixture. Fast forward to today, and ice cream is a booming billion dollar industry. Annually, Americans eat about 23 pounds of ice cream and frozen desserts. Have you considered getting a piece of this billion dollar industry with a mobile unit that allows you to be your own boss with a flexible schedule at an affordable price? The Kona Ice franchise could be for you. The concept for the shaved iced franchise was conceived when its founder Tony Lamb had a bad experience with a dirty ice cream truck, causing him to want to make a brand with clean trucks that are driven by presentable drivers and offer a quality product. The first Kona Ice truck was driven around Boone County, Kentucky, in June 2007, and the brand awarded its first franchise a year later. The brand has grown arcos the U.S.  and offers its franchise owners schedule flexibility and a great opportunity to invest in the industry at a minimal cost. In addition to trucks, franchise owners also have the opportunity to set  up a kiosk, cart or trailer if they think the truck is too big for them. If you are looking to have a flexible schedule with a mobile unit that allows you to meet customers where they, then the Kona Ice franchise can be for you. 

Company Details

Founded: 2007
First franchise: 2008 
International:  No
Canada: No

Support and Training Offered By Kona Ice

In terms of support and training, the franchise owner can expect to go to Kona Kollege to learn everything you need to know about operating the business. The franchise will also provide you with marketing materials and a corporate structure that will answer any and all questions you have. 

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Kona Ice Franchise.

What does a Kona Ice Franchise Cost?

Kona Ice franchise fees for 2024:

Franchise Fee: $15,000
Total Investment: $134,850 - $140,350
Cash Investment: $20,000
Net Worth: $50,000

Is Kona Ice a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

Yes. Kona Ice is a semi absentee franchise and allows passive ownership. A semi-absentee franchise is a business you could start and run while still maintaining a job or other obligation.

Is Kona Ice a Home Based franchise?

No. Kona Ice is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Kona Ice Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Kona Ice franchisees make. Kona Ice offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Is Kona Ice Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Kona Ice franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Kona Ice Looking for International franchisees?

No. Kona Ice franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Kona Ice's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Frozen Yogurt / Ice Cream

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

$25,000 - $50,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Kona Ice Franchises for Sale

Click Here to inquire about existing Kona Ice franchises for sale. We may have Kona Ice franchise resales. A franchise resale is an already established franchise owned by a franchisee and the franchisee is looking to sell their franchise.

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