Cold Stone Creamery Franchise

Cold Stone Creamery

Min. Liquid Capital: $100,000

Total Investment: $50,200 - $467,525

Net Worth Required: $250,000

Initial Franchise Fee: $27,000

Training Provided: Yes

No of Existing Units: 923

Company-Owned Units: 51

Average Sales Last Year: $416,855

Ticker Symbol: KAHL

About Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery was founded in 1988 in Tempe, Arizona, by Donald and Susan Sutherland, a couple who traveled the world in search of the perfect ice cream. Sadly, they failed in their mission, so they decided to bring the world what it was missing: homemade ice cream that was a far cry from the pre-packaged, chalk-like ice cream sold in supermarkets and shops around the world. They made their first ice cream in house and on the same day customers came in to get a cup or a cone, and the brand continues to do the same today.

Not only was Cold Stone different in that it offered homemade ice cream in store, but also, it offered customers the revolutionary concept of customization. Customers could select their own toppings for their sundaes, an idea that set the standard for the rest of the food industry.

Cold Stone began franchising in 1994 and has since grown into a franchise without over 1,000 locations worldwide.


Cold Stone Creamery is a rapidly growing brand, one with a strong reputation for a quality product and an amazing food experience. The industry itself is also booming and is worth over $8 billion, making it a lucrative and intriguing venture.

Cold Stone leaders also provide everything you need to be successful in your endeavors. From help with site selection and initial training to ongoing training, marketing support and access to countless resources, the franchisor does everything in its power to ensure each store owner has what he or she needs to succeed.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal Cold Stone franchise candidate is someone who is passionate about ice cream and who believes that ice cream should be much more than a food, but an experience. This person has $100,000 in liquid capital, a net worth of $250,000 and a desire to bring quality ice cream to the people of his or her community.

Training And Support

The initial franchise fee includes training for two individuals. You are also required to complete a food and safety manager training program at your own expense. 40 hours of classroom training and 80 hours of on-the-job training.

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