World’s Largest Italian Ice Concept Seeks Franchisees to Join its Team in Kansas and Missouri
Trevose, PA (RestaurantNews.com) Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, is continuing its expansion in the Midwest and seeking franchisees to join its team for the Kansas and Missouri territory. Rita’s, which began more than 30 years ago in Philadelphia, has been aggressively expanding across the United States with locations from coast to coast, including two stores and a mobile unit currently open in Wichita, Kansas.
Aloha Rita’s Kansas, which owns the rights for Rita’s development of Kansas and Missouri, is led by Jeff Miller, Jay Miller and Pat Reilly. The trio opened their first Rita’s store in Wichita in March 2014 and recently opened a second store in Old Town Village. A third store location is expected to open later this year in Hutchison and will feature a Sandella’s Flatbread Café, making it the third-ever Sandella’s co-branded store across the entire Rita’s system. The expanded store will provide a Sandella’s casual dining area alongside Rita’s Italian Ice to offer guests a complete dining experience.
“We signed on to the Rita’s team just as its expansion really started to take off, and it’s been growing by leaps and bounds ever since,” said Jeff Miller, co-owner of Aloha Rita’s Kansas. “We’re hoping to replicate that same growth in our own territory as we continue to introduce Rita’s unique Italian Ice concept with locals in our area.”
“There is still a great amount of opportunity available across our territory and we’re looking forward to onboarding new team members and having them become part of our own local success story,” Miller added.
With more than 30 years in business, Rita’s Italian Ice has been aggressively expanding across the United States and internationally, with locations now open in the Philippines and Canada, and coming soon in the Middle East and the Caribbean. Aloha Rita’s Kansas is actively seeking franchisees to join its expansion team with opportunities available across the entire territory to help reach its goal of eight units within 36 months.
For more information on purchasing your own Rita’s Italian Ice franchise, please visit http://www.ownaritas.com.
About Rita’s Franchise Company
Ranked #1 in Nation’s Restaurant News “Consumer Pick’s 2014” for Service and Value in the Frozen Treat category and 14th overall in the Limited-Service category, Rita’s Franchise Company is the largest Italian Ice concept in the world. Headquartered in Trevose, Pa., Rita’s was also named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal” and ranks #81 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “2014 Franchise 500” list.
About Rita’s Italian Ice
The popular chain offers a variety of “cool treats,” including: its famous Italian Ice, made fresh daily with real fruit and available in more than sixty-five flavors; Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard; Sundaes; Light Custard; Frozen Custard Cakes; Custard Cookie Sandwiches made with OREO®; layered Gelatis; and its signature Misto® and Blendini® creations. Since 1984, Rita’s has been dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with its freshly made, delicious treats in a fun-filled atmosphere. For more information, please call 1-800-677-7482 or visit http://www.ritasice.com.
About Sandella’s Flatbread Café
Sandella’s Flatbread Café is an international fast-casual restaurant concept, founded by Michael J. Stimola, known for its proprietary flatbread. It is headquartered in Redding, Connecticut and has over 130 locations in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, India and Saudi Arabia.
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