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  • Just The Facts, Ma'am

    Get all the cold, hard, happy facts on Cold Stone Creamery® ownership here!

Facts On Ownership

Ever owned a business before? Need more information on start-up costs, royalty fees, the ins-and-outs of ownership, and more? Get the cold, hard, happy facts on Cold Stone Creamery® Ownership below.

"My experience in the thirteen years since I opened my first Cold Stone Creamery has been nothing but positive. Besides, who doesn't want to put a smile on people's face every day!"

- Esther W., Cold Stone Creamery Franchisee, California.

SECTION 2: Facts On Ownership

  • The founding store of Cold Stone Creamery opened in 1988

  • We’ve been awarding franchises since 1994

  • Nearly 1,000 stores operating in the U.S. and nearly 300 stores worldwide

  • U.S. Territories Currently Open

  • Single and Multi-Unit Deals Available

  • Average time to open is 6-12 months

  • Co-branding Opportunities Available

The Numbers You Need to Know

  • $27,000 franchise fee*

  • $250,000 net worth

  • $100,000 liquid, non-financed funds

  • Total initial investment - $261,125-$404,525*

  • Royalty fee - 6% of gross sales

  • Advertising fee - 3% of gross sales

*This fee is for a traditional location and does not include any discounts that may be applicable. Different fees may apply for other types of locations. More detailed investment information is available in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

The Buzz About Our Brand

  • #53 on the 2013 "Franchise 500®" list in Entrepreneur® magazine

  • #19 on the 2013 "Global 30" list in QSR® magazine

  • #46 on the 2012 "Top Global Franchises" list in Entrepreneur magazine

  • #49 on QSR magazine’s 2011 "QSR Top 50" ranking

  • #54 on the 2011 "Franchise 500" list in Entrepreneur magazine

  • #49 on Franchise Direct’s® "Top 100 Global Franchises" list for 2011

  • #123 on the 2010 Franchise Times® "Top 200 Franchise Systems"

READ SECTION 3: Benefits of Franchising

This is not an offer of a franchise nor is any communication directed by or for Kahala Franchising, L.L.C. (or its agents) to the residents of any jurisdiction that requires registration of a franchise before it is offered and sold in that jurisdiction.  No Cold Stone Creamery® franchise will be sold to any resident of any jurisdiction until the offering has been exempted from the requirements of, or duly registered in and declared effective by, such jurisdiction and the required Franchise Disclosure Document has been delivered to the prospective franchisee before the sale in compliance with applicable law.  An offer of a franchise can only be made by a Franchise Disclosure Document.  The Franchisor of the Cold Stone Creamery brand is Kahala Franchising, L.L.C., 9311 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258.  For Washington residents only: Registration Number is: 80035066.  For Minnesota residents only: Registration Number is: F-6979.