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Cold Stone Creamery

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What does a Cold Stone Creamery Franchise Cost?

Cold Stone Creamery has helped entrepreneurs realize their dreams of small business ownership since 1994. The passionate executive team has decades of experience helping entrepreneurs realize their full potential.  The business model was designed to be easy to open and easy to scale, with initial investment costs well below those of other ice cream concepts. The total investment estimate for a Cold Stone Creamery ranges from $53,200-$468,775.

Total Investment$266,625 - 468,775
Cash Required$100,000
Business TypeFranchise
Target MarketNational

Own one of the nation’s premier ice cream franchises!

Cold Stone Creamery is a beloved brand with an even brighter future. This exciting franchise is in a growing ice cream segment, which generates $8 billion annually in revenue, according to Yahoo® Finance. After 30 years in business, Cold Stone Creamery is still expanding, with over 1,000 locations in the United States and hundreds more in over 30 international markets. Cold Stone Creamery is inviting new entrepreneurs with a passion for ice cream and the Cold Stone Creamery brand to join us as we strive to develop at home and abroad.

We’ve helped hundreds of entrepreneurs become small business owners who now are continuing to spread joy in their community. That’s the best part about Cold Stone Creamery — not only is it a sound investment with tremendous support and an exceptional product, but it’s also a fun business to own.


Cold Stone Creamery began franchising in 1994, and the result has been that Cold Stone Creamery is an iconic brand all over the world. When Kahala BrandsTM, one of the world’s most esteemed franchisors, with a portfolio of nearly 20 international brands, including Blimpie®, took the reins of Cold Stone Creamery in 2007, the ice cream franchise became a giant.

Our brand’s super-premium ice cream is made fresh in each location. As one of the pioneers of customization, Cold Stone Creamery allows customers to dream up their own ice cream treats, or choose from our wildly popular Signature Creations™.


Ice cream is America’s favorite dessert and to prove it, Americans spend $8 billion a year on ice cream.  Eighty seven percent of Americans keep ice cream in their freezer on a regular basis, and the average American enjoys 48 pints of ice cream per year*.


  1. Cold Stone Creamery is an iconic business model that is easy to run and easy to scale
  2. Part of the Kahala family of brands
  3. Premium ice cream made fresh in every location with the finest ingredients
  4. State-of-the-art, easy-to-use ice cream machines
  5. Vast menu - 10-12 ice cream flavors in addition to seasonal favorites
  6. Expansive research and development department
  7. Remarkable and well-recognized brand that has proven staying power
  8. Decades of experience

Training and Support

We provide a total of 120 hours of initial training, and our ongoing training continues throughout a franchisee’s tenure with us. Cold Stone Creamery helps with everything from marketing to PR, to the development of business plans, to new and fresh products, to ongoing coaching and franchisee support.

Initial training = New franchisees attend KTEC (Kahala Training and Education Center). In addition, new franchisees spend two weeks in a store where we cover every aspect of their new business, including making the ice cream, preparing and serving Cold Stone Creamery products, managing inventory and supporting their business through savvy marketing.

On-the-job training = New franchisees spend 80 hours in a store to learn the ins and outs of the business, including how to correctly prepare and serve the brand’s products.  Cold Stone Creamery also hosts monthly check-ins to help you meet your goals, to offer assistance and to ensure you have all the tools necessary to improve your business every day.

Ongoing training = Cold Stone Creamery will meet with you regularly to help you and answer any of your questions, and are just a phone call away if you have questions.  Every new franchisee also receives monthly check-in calls from a Regional Director of Operations or Area Developer.

Ongoing marketing assistance = Cold Stone Creamery franchisees have access to in-house marketing and public relations teams, which significantly reduces expenses. These teams help with national, regional and local marketing, along with public relations from the grand opening through the life of the business.  We train franchisees to manage their stores’ social media accounts, including Facebook®, Twitter® and Instagram® – and newer platforms such as Snapchat®.

Ideal Candidate

The beauty of Cold Stone Creamery is that anyone with business savvy and passion for our brand and the ability to follow our systems can build a bright future. We don’t require any experience in the restaurant industry or the service industry, because our training and support is so involved that we can teach any entrepreneur how to be a Cold Stone Creamery franchisee.

Ready to bring Cold Stone Creamery franchise to your community? Inquire today.

*Yahoo finance