Rita's Italian Ice

  • Rita's Franchise Company, LLC
1210 Northbrook Dr., # 310
Trevose, PA 19053
  • (800) 677-7482 / (215) 876-9300
  • (866) 449-0974 (Fax)

Rita's is the largest Italian Ice chain in the nation. With a 30 year proven business model, Rita's offers a variety of frozen treats including its famous Italian Ice, Old Fashioned Frozen Custard, and layered Gelati as well as its signature Misto and Blendini creations.

Franchisor Background

Year Established: 1984

Franchising Since: 1989

Operating Units

Franchised Units 601 100.0%
Company-Owned Units 0 0.0%
Total Operating Units 601 100%

Geographic Distribution

USA 601 97.7% In 30 States
Canada 3 0.5% In 1 Provinces
International 11 1.8% In 4 Foreign Countries
Total 615 100%

Multi-Unit Operators

Multi-Unit Operators 200
Franchises Owned by Multi-Unit Operators 3

North American Unit Density

Density Units
Pennsylvania 197
New Jersey 109
Maryland 69

Registered in the following Registration States

California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

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Support and Training

General Information

IFA Member Yes
CFA Member No
Franchisee Association? Yes, is a member
Size of Corporate Staff 60
Site Selection
Lease Negotiation Assistance Yes
Financial Assistance Yes, Indirect

Marketing Support

Co-Op Advertising Yes
National Advertising No
Regional Advertising Yes
Local Advertising No

Ongoing Support

Central Data Processing N/A
Central Purchasing N/A
Field Operation Evaluation Included
Field Training Included
Initial Store Opening Included
Inventory Control Included
Franchisee Newsletter Included
Regional or National Meetings Included
800 Telephone Hotline Included


On-Site 4 Days
Corporate Office 5 Days
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Financial Requirements


Minimum Net Worth $300K
Cash Investment $100K
Total Investment $150.5-440.9K
Average Total Investment $296K


Initial Franchise Fee $30K
Average Franchise Fee N/A
On-Going Royalty 6.5%
Average Royalty N/A
Advertising Fee 3%

Site Information and Requirements

Average Number of Full-Time Employees 2
Average Number of Part-Time Employees 15
Space Needs (in square feet) 800-1,200
Preferred Site Types Free Standing Building, Strip Center
Other Site Types Allowed Transportation Centers & Universities
Encourages Conversions No
Item 19 (Earnings Claim) Provided? Yes
Listed in the SBA Registry? Yes
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Franchisee Qualifications

Financial Net Worth 5
General Business Experience 4
Specific Industry Experience 4
Formal Education 3
Psychological Profile 4
Personal Interviews 5
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Terms of Contract

Term of Initial Contract 10
Term of Renewal Period 10
Passive Ownership? Not Allowed
Area Development
Yes, for 10 years
Franchisees Allowed to Expand Within Territory? Yes
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Expansion Plans

Projected New Units Over Next 12 Months 60
USA Yes, All United States
Canada Yes
Overseas Yes
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