Bruster's Real Ice Cream Franchise

Homemade ice cream

Consistently ranked among the nation's top Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine, Bruster's Real Ice Cream is one of the fastest growing ice cream franchises.

Bruster's Real Ice Cream started as a family-owned ice cream shop in 1989 when founder Bruce Reed opened his first store in Bridgewater, PA. Bruce grew up in the food service business working at his family's diner just blocks away from where he opened the first Bruster's ice cream store. Today, Bruster's has more than 230 stores in the eastern United States from New Hampshire to Florida, with a majority of them being locally owned and operated. Bruster's Real Ice Cream has been consistently ranked by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the nation's leading franchise companies.

Bruster's philosophy is very simple. We believe that ice cream is one of life's great, simple pleasures that can be shared with family and friends of all ages. Bruster's Real Ice Cream store owners and managers share in that philosophy and our commitment to providing only the highest quality products and service to our customers. They are highly skilled experts in making only the freshest ice cream with the finest ingredients. Our owners and managers continue to rotate flavors to keep their product offering new and exciting every time a customer visits the store.
In addition, Bruster's Real Ice Cream is constantly developing and testing new products based on customer feedback.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a Bruster’s
franchised business is between $508,000 and $1,315,000 for a
freestanding Unit, between $229,200 and $584,500 for an endcapUnit. This
includes $35,000 that must be paid to the Franchisor or its
affiliate(s) for a Unit.

Seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.,
Asia, Canada, Central America, Middle East, Mexico, Philippines and South America    

#54 on Entrepreneur's ranking of the top 150 franchises offering incentives and other programs to help veterans become franchisees
Veteran Incentives  50% off franchise fee

In Franchise Business Reviews Top 200.

Top 100 Franchise
#23 in Gator's Top franchises.

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How much does it cost to open a Bruster's Real Ice Cream Franchise?

The investment required to open a Bruster's Real Ice Cream Franchise is between $229,200-$1,315,000. There is an initial franchise fee of $35,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Bruster's Real Ice Cream name.

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  • Term of Agreement:
    10 years

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When did the first Bruster's Real Ice Cream open? 1989
When did Bruster's Real Ice Cream start Franchising? 1993

United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia

Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No Yes
Startup Costs No Yes
Equipment No Yes
Inventory No Yes
Accounts Receivable No Yes
Payroll No Yes

Third Party Financing Source(s): various lenders


On-The-Job Training: 68 hours
Classroom Training: 12 hours

*Real Estate Review and approval
*Project Management
*Marketing program and materials
*procurement of products for operation
*operations manager to support in your opening and ongoing consultations at your storePurchasing Co-ops
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security/Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform

Complete assortment of templates and plans annually along
with the support of a field marketing representative for more one on one support.

Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
Regional Advertising
Social media
Website development
Email marketing
Loyalty program/app

Absentee Ownership Allowed

Number of Employees Required to Run: 15 - 30

Business Experience:


  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Bruster's Real Ice Cream Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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    Bruster's Real Ice Cream

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    Bruster's Real Ice Cream
    730 Mulberry St.
    Bridgewater, PA


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