Icebox/Soupbox Franchise

Combination soup/frozen dessert restaurant

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Before opening his first store, Jamie Taerbaum stood outside a Baskin-Robbins store to figure out how many customers an ice cream store could expect at different times of day, on different days of the week, and in different weather conditions. Armed with this research, the young business school graduate opened the original Icebox/Soupbox store in 1995 in Chicago.

In the spring and summer, Icebox operates as a retailer of Icyfruit, a mixture of fruit juice, sugar, water and chunks of fruit that comes in 20 flavors. Throughout the fall and winter, it becomes a Soupbox store, offering a wide variety of soups.

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How much does it cost to open a Icebox/Soupbox Franchise?

The estimated investment required to open a Icebox/Soupbox Franchise is between $69,500-$174,500. There is an initial franchise fee of $14,000-$20,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Icebox/Soupbox name.

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When did the first Icebox/Soupbox open? 1995
When did Icebox/Soupbox start Franchising? 1998

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

Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising

0% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 10

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • General business experience

  • Your income potential as a Icebox/Soupbox 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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    2943 N. Broadway
    Chicago, IL


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