Rank no. 209 – Bruster’s Real Ice Cream – US
Products & Services: Ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, sherbets
Number of Locations: 208
Total Investment: $190.3K – 1.26M
Began Franchising: 1993
About Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Bruce Reed got his start in the restaurant business as a child, helping his parents at their diner, Jerry’s Curb Service, in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania. He opened the first Bruster’s Real Ice Cream next door to that restaurant in 1989. He began franchising in 1993, expanding primarily in the south, southeast and northeast. Bruster’s stores offer ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, sherbet and sorbet in a variety of flavors.
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, Northeast, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South, South Carolina, Southeast, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia.
Franchisor is seeking new units in Asia, Canada, Central America, Middle East, Mexico, Philippines, South America.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $190,300 – $1,268,200
Franchise Fee: $30,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Liquid Cash Available: $75,000 – $200,000
22% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 15 – 30. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (75% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 10 days. At franchisee’s location: 7 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Ad slicks,
Other marketing support: Marketing consultant
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #209 (2013), #350 (2012), #365 (2011), #223 (2010), #279 (2009),
America’s Top Global: #167 (2013),
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Bruster’s was founded in 1989 by a man whose passion for extraordinary ice cream and stellar customer service runs deep. Born into the restaurant business, Bruce Reed opened his first Bruster’s in Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, after perfecting his recipe for rich, creamy homemade ice cream.
People came from miles around to enjoy the skillfully prepared desserts that Bruce created right in that first store. It got to where he had to expand to keep up with the growing demand for his ice creams. Before long, Bruster’s became one of the fastest expanding ice cream stores in the country and Bruce regretfully all but stopped wearing his apron to work.
While we’ve come a long way from those early days, we adhere to the guiding principles that have made Bruster’s the revered brand that it is today. For example, we continue to make all our desserts, such as our cakes, pies, and waffle cones, as well as our ice creams, right in the store where they’re served.
Most importantly, we’ve never lost sight of the reason Bruce started serving ice cream in the first place: to make our customers happy.
Come treat yourself to the extraordinary taste of Bruster’s ice cream today.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
730 Mulberry St.
Bridgewater, PA 15009
Whether you’re treating yourself, or someone you love, Bruster’s has more than 140 recipes to indulgence, with impossibly smooth ice cream made from real ingredients and loaded with cookies, candies and other sweet goodies. And because every generous scoop is made in-house — just a few steps from the counter where it’s served — it always tastes fresh.
At any given time, we serve up to 24 flavors of ice cream, plus yogurt, sorbet, sherbet and Italian ices. And, if you tell us your favorite flavor, we’ll send you a text or email when it is available.
Source: Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Official website