What investment will you make for starting new business?

See results
Cold Stone Creamery


Initial fee: $42,000
Royalty fee: 6%
Total investment: $286,075 - $474,325
Term of agreement:  10 years, renewable
Branch: Food: Ice cream, Italian sorbet

Cold Stone gets its name from the process it uses to add mix-ins to ice cream. Nuts, chocolate chips, candies and other goodies are rubbed into a cold granite stone to blend with the ice cream. Cold Stone makes ice creams treats, ice cream shakes, creamy cookie sandwiches, ice cream cakes and cupcakes, smoothies. The goodies are served in cones and waffle bowls made daily in the by the company’s bakers. Customers choose from over 11.5 million combinations of frozen solid or soft ice creams and mix-ins to satisfy their cravings. Cold Stone makes people happy by providing them one-of-a-kind ice cream experience. 


The ice cream industry has always been on the up-grade. Ice cream and frozen dessert are probably the most popular sweet treats; they are consumed by 90% of the American households. Consumers indulge to higher-quality ice cream products; Cold Stone makes super-premium ice cream and occupies a big part of the market share. The most popular Cold Stone ice cream combination is Peanut Butter Cup Perfection made with Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Fudge.


Cold Stone is the fastest-growing super-premium quality ice cream franchise. It has a proven business model and a track record of stable growth rates. There are 1,460 creamery shops in the USA, Puerto Rico, Guam, Japan and Korea. The first store opened in 1988 and the first franchise started operating in 1995.


Entrepreneurs who have a vision for growth can easily develop a chain of stores. Approximately 53% of all franchisees own more than one Cold Stone unit. Half of the new stores that open are usually awarded to existing franchisees.


Cold Stone makes ice creams treats, shakes, cookie sandwiches, cakes, cupcakes and smoothies. It is the fastest-growing premium-quality ice cream franchise. There are nearly 1,500 stores in the USA, Puerto Rico, Guam, Japan and Korea. Ice cream is consumed by 90% of the American households.

Ask for more information