Cold Stone Creamery Franchise

Ice cream, frozen yogurt & Italian sorbet

Founders, Donald and Susan Sutherland, have a passion for ice cream! They searched everywhere for ice cream that was “smooth and creamy”, rather than the traditional hard-packed or soft-serve varieties. In 1988, after coming up empty in their search, they opened the first Cold Stone Creamery in Tempe, Arizona. Using only the finest ingredients, the Sutherlands produced the highest quality ice cream available - making it fresh each day in their store. Every ice cream creation was then made to order for each customer by blending in mix-ins on a frozen granite stone (the Cold Stone!), and served in a fresh-baked waffle cone. Word soon spread far and wide among ice cream lovers that Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream was the best, and the revolution began! In 1995, the first franchise store opened in Tucson, Arizona, followed by the first out-of-state store in Camarillo, California.

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How much does it cost to open a Cold Stone Creamery Franchise?

The investment required to open a Cold Stone Creamery Franchise is between $277,375-$464,325. There is an initial franchise fee of $42,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Cold Stone Creamery name.

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  • Term of Agreement:
    10 years

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Cold Stone Creamery News & Press Releases

When did the first Cold Stone Creamery open? 1988
When did Cold Stone Creamery start Franchising? 1994

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2004 890 0 0 10
2003 423 0 0 4
2002 261 0 0 3
2001 166 0 0 2
2000 118 0 0 2
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

Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives

Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising

35% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 15

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Your income potential as a Cold Stone Creamery Franchise entrepreneur depends vastly on many factors. As an entrepreneur, the goals to achieve are related to expanding sales while lowering your operation costs and increasing the quality of your products and or services. Each month your operating costs can include royalty fees, mortgage / rent, supplies for products, staffing, utilities, bookwork, stationary and other items. From one month to the next, you may find your costs fluctuate, but your up-front costs are, for the most part, fixed and they will cover most of the initial setup of equipment, signage and renovations.

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Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery
9311 E. Via De Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ


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