Rita's Italian Ice

Rita's offers many delicious frozen treats that combine our famous Italian Ice and award-winning Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard which is made fresh daily at each location. The Rita's experience has become a cultural phenomenon, thanks to remarkably loyal guests.

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Rita's Italian Ice


Rita's Italian Ice Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


Rita's Italian Ice is continuing to expand nationwide with 600 locations in 30+ states. Italian Ice and Frozen Custard are the two core products all of the treats on our menu, which helps simplify operations and keep our food costs low, both in terms of inventory and food waste. Catering and mobile units provide franchisees with the flexibility to create additional revenue streams by taking our delicious frozen treats to the people.

The seasonal aspect of the business - franchises in colder climates are often closed during the winter months - allows franchise owners the opportunity to use the downtime to strategize unit growth and revenue potential. Rita's is ideal for both multi-unit operators and single-unit owners.

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 providing on-going support; not to mention all having a passion for Rita's cool treats and foregoing happiness.

The ideal Rita's franchisee has a passion for the brand and the business. They have a hands-on approach to help get the business in operation and continue to be engaged in their local communities to help strengthen relationships to help promote their business and the Rita's brand.

Company Details

Established: 1984
First Unit Franchised: 1989
Franchised Units: 600
Company Owned Units: 0

States Available :
Arizona - AZ
Arkansas - AR
California - CA (not available in Ventura county)
Colorado - CO
Connecticut - CT
Delaware - DE
Florida - FL (not available the counties of: Brevard, Citrus, DeSoto, Escambia, Hardee,Hernando, Hillsborough, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Manatee, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia)
Georgia - GA
Hawaii - HI
Illinois - IL
Indiana - IN
Iowa - IA
Kansas - KS
Kentucky - KY
Louisiana - LA
Maine - ME
Maryland - MD
Massachusetts - MA
Michigan - MI
Minnesota - MN
Mississippi - MS
Missouri - MO
Nebraska - NE
New Hampshire - NH
New Jersey - NJ
New Mexico - NM
New York - NY
North Carolina - NC
Ohio - OH
Oklahoma - OK
Pennsylvania - PA
Rhode Island - RI
South Carolina - SC
Tennessee - TN
Texas - TX
Utah - UT
Vermont - VT
Virginia - VA
West Virginia - WV
Wisconsin - WI

Canada Franchises: No
International Franchises: No

Support and Training Offered By Rita's Italian Ice

Financial Assistance Provided: Yes
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Recruiting Assistance: No
Cooperative Advertising: No
The Initial Training consists of online training, 5 to 6 days of training at the Cool University training facility located in Trevose, Pennsylvania and at least 4 days of in-shop training at a Certified Shop.

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Rita's Italian Ice Franchise.

What does a Rita's Italian Ice Franchise Cost?

Rita's Italian Ice franchise fees for 2022:

Cash Investment: $100,000
Total Investment: $196,128 - $455,500.
Minimum Net Worth: $300,000
Franchise Fee: $35,000
Royalty: 6.50%
Ad: 3%
Item 19: Yes
Average Number of Employees: 15
Visa Candidates: Yes
Passive Ownership: Yes
Home-Based: No
B2B: No
Master Franchise Opportunities: No
Veteran Discount: Yes

Is Rita's Italian Ice a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

Yes. Rita's Italian 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 Rita's Italian Ice a Home Based franchise?

No. Rita's Italian Ice is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Rita's Italian Ice Franchise Owners Make?

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

Is Rita's Italian Ice a Master Franchise Opportunity?

No. Rita's Italian Ice is not a master franchise opportunity.

Does Rita's Italian Ice Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Rita's Italian Ice franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Does Rita's Italian Ice Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

Yes. Rita's Italian Ice franchise does work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Rita's Italian Ice Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Rita's Italian Ice franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Rita's Italian Ice Looking for International franchisees?

No. Rita's Italian Ice franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants, Frozen Yogurt / Ice Cream

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

$100,000 - $250,000

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Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Rita's Italian Ice Franchises for Sale

Click Here to inquire about existing Rita's Italian Ice franchises for sale. We may have Rita's Italian 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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