Carvel Franchise

Shop selling ice cream cakes, pies and other desserts

In 1934 Tom Carvel opened his first ice cream shop in Hartsdale, New York. Over the years, he developed formulas and equipment for creating and serving his ice cream. The company started franchising in 1947, and by 1951 had opened 100 stores. Today the company distributes its line of ice cream, cakes, pies and other treats in its own locations and in stadiums, club stores and supermarkets.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a Shoppe selling a
full range of Carvel® products (a “Full Shoppe”) ranges from $250,600 to
$415,500. This includes $30,000 to $32,000 that must be paid to the
franchisor or their affiliates.
The total investment necessary to begin
operation of a Shoppe selling selected Carvel® products (an “Express
Shoppe”) ranges from $39,600 to $148,400.
The total investment necessary
to begin operation of an Express Shoppe within the space of another
restaurant, food service facility, or business approved by the
franchisor (a “Hosted Express Shoppe”) ranges from $33,100 to $66,500.
These total investment estimates for Express Shoppes and Hosted Express
Shoppes include $10,000 to $12,000 that must be paid to the franchisor
or their affiliates.
The total investment necessary to begin operation
of a Shoppe in an ice cream truck (an “Ice Cream Truck”) is $95,050 to
$195,000. This includes $5,000 to $7,000 that must be paid to the
franchisor or their affiliates.

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How much does it cost to open a Carvel Franchise?

The investment required to open a Carvel Franchise is between $250,600-$415,500. There is an initial franchise fee of $30,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Carvel name.

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  • Term of Agreement:
    20 years
  • Renewal Fee:
    Then current fee

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Carvel News & Press Releases

When did the first Carvel open? 1934
When did Carvel start Franchising? 1947

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2005 488 3 0 20
2004 500 3 16 0
2003 427 3 0 0
2002 399 3 30 0
2001 354 3 30 2

United States: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia,

International: Worldwide

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

Third Party Financing Source(s): various sources

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

Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising

International franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 25% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • General business experience

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Carvel 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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