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Rank no.250 – Marble Slab Creamery – US




Products & Services: Ice cream, frozen yogurt, baked goods

Number of Locations: 365

Total Investment: $230.08K – 408.13K

Founded: 1983

Began Franchising: 1984

About Marble Slab Creamery

Founded in 1983, this family-owned, Houston-based company offers homemade, superpremium ice cream that’s prepared to order on a marble slab, using a variety of mix-ins.
With flavors like Sweet Cream, Chocolate Swiss, Cheesecake and Amaretto, more than 100 franchisees nationwide are tempting customers with their exotic flavors served in freshly-baked waffle cones. The stores also sell smoothies, shakes, sundaes, banana splits and ice cream cakes and pies. Some franchisees even offer homemade baked goods such as cookies, brownies and apple pie, as well as gourmet coffees.

Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $230,085 – $408,135
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
65% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 8 – 10. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (50% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 10 days. At franchisee’s location: 6 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Market-specific advertising
Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #250 (2013), #292 (2012), #147 (2011), #354 (2010), #244 (2009),
Fastest-Growing: #77 (2010),
America’s Top Global: #94 (2013), #119 (2011), #189 (2009),

Marble Slab Creamery®!

The freshest ice cream on earthTM.
Marble Slab Creamery, a leading purveyor of chef created super-premium hand-mixed ice cream and the innovator of the frozen slab technique, was founded in 1983. Every batch of Marble Slab Creamery ice cream is fresh made in small batches in store using dairy from local farms and flavor ingredients from around the world. Today, Marble Slab Creamery is enjoyed by consumers across the globe with locations in Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Singapore, Kuwait, Mexico, Oman, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
With a chef-driven vision, we’ve made sure every batch of our super premium ice cream is created with loving care right in-store. We hand roll and bake our waffle cones on-site. For mixins, we offer some of the freshest fruits, the finest nuts, the sweetest candies and the most delicious cookies available. So whatever you order, you can be sure it’s fresh and filled with fabulous flavor.
The Marble Slab Creamery experience starts when you enter one of our stores and are immediately greeted by the aroma of our freshly-baked waffle cones, available in a variety of flavors ranging from Vanilla Cinnamon to Dark Chocolate with Butterfinger®.
Then comes the moment of choice—discovering which one of our delicious, homemade, ice cream flavors is perfect for you. Will it be a traditional favorite such as Sweet Cream, Chocolate Swiss or Strawberry? Or perhaps a more unique flavor like Cheesecake, Chocolate Amaretto or Butter Pecan?
Once your desired flavor has been selected, the magic begins. We scoop the ice cream onto a frozen marble slab, where your choice of fruits, nuts and candies, known as Marble Slab Creamery “mixins," will be skillfully blended in with the ice cream, then finally piled high on the delectable waffle cone of your choosing. The result is your very own, one-of-a-kind dessert. From there, repeat as desired, which will probably be often.
It isn’t just dessert. It’s the world’s freshest ice cream, made just the way you like it, just when you want it. Create your experience today.

Why Choose Marble Slab Creamery?

Ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 500 Franchises”
#1 Limited-Service Restaurant Chain
in Nation’s Restaurant News 2012 Consumer Picks
Selected as one of “America’s Top Global Franchises”
by Entrepreneur Magazine
Selected as a Top 100 Franchise for Minorities
by The National Minority Franchising Initiative (NMFI)
Ice cream sales equal 86.7 percent of total frozen
desserts purchased in the U.S., more
than frozen yogurt, water ices and
sherbet (International Dairy Foods Association)
More than 90% of households in the U.S.
consume ice cream!
The Story

Since 1983, Marble Slab Creamery® has been serving chef created, super-premium, hand-mixed ice cream. Every batch of Marble Slab Creamery ice cream is fresh made in small batches in the store using ingredients from around the world and dairy from local farms. Today, Marble Slab Creamery is enjoyed by consumers across the globe with locations in the Bahrain, Canada, Guam, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Click here for international opportunities.

In 2011, Marble Slab Creamery and MaggieMoo’s
Ice Cream and Treatery merged into one combined
ice cream concept … taking the best of both worlds to create a playful, crave-able taste experience. Marble Slab Creamery brings a rich history of super-premium ice cream using fresh dairy from around the corner and the finest ingredients from around the world. Mix in MaggieMoo’s celebrated history of innovation – award-winning flavors, first to introduce ice cream cupcakes and ice cream pizza, first to utilize online ordering – and you have a combination that can’t be beat. Miss Maggie Moo continues to be our celebutante icon, and the lively new store interiors further magnify the fun personality of Miss Maggie and our Brand. You can’t help but have fun with every visit!

Our Vision & Mission

As the innovator, the first, the original developer of the now famous “frozen slab” technique for ice cream preparation, we set the bar for the ice cream industry. We started with an unusually high set of standards and a goal to bring the exquisite taste of fresh-made gourmet ice cream to fellow aficionados. It isn’t just dessert …. it’s the world’s freshest ice cream, made just the way you like it, just when you want it. We allow our customers to create their own experience!

Source: Marble Slab Creamery official website



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