7 Ice-Cream Franchises Perfect for Summer

7 Ice-Cream Franchises Perfect for Summer

Much of the U.S. skipped spring this year. While the Wendy’s Twitter account might roast the Golden Arches for seemingly always having a broken ice-cream machine, McDonald’s does indeed sell cones, sundaes and shakes. Franchising since: 1955 Initial investment: $1,008,000 to $2,214,080 Initial franchise fee: $45,000 New units in 2017: 507 units (1.4 percent) Training: 6 to 24 months on the job, 75 hours in the classroom Marketing support: Co-op advertising, ad templates, national media, regional advertising, social media, loyalty program/app Sonic Sonic is well-known for its ice cream -- and slush options (which aren't ice cream, but we’re going to count them anyway). It’s just a better experience when the weather is nice. CEO: Cliff Hudson Business headquarters: Oklahoma City Franchising since: 1959 Initial investment: $1,073,000 to $2,361,500 Initial franchise fee: $45,000 New units in 2017: 31 units (0.9 percent) Training: 400 hours on the job, 24 hours in the classroom Marketing support: Co-op advertising, ad templates, national media, regional advertising, social media, SEO, website development, email marketing, loyalty program/app Culver’s Culver’s is ranked 13th on the Franchise 500, and the fast-food joint prides itself on making fresh frozen custard throughout the day, “so it’s always rich and creamy.” The company offers a flavor of the day, as well as cones, shakes, malts and dishes. Franchising since: 1988 Initial investment: $1,815,000 to $4,273,000 Initial franchise fee: $55,000 New units in 2017: 57 units (9.9 percent) Training: 550 hours on the job, 172 hours in the classroom Marketing support: Co-op advertising, ad templates, national media, regional advertising, social media, SEO, website development, email marketing Smoothie King Does a smoothie count as ice cream? 35 on the Franchise 500, and even though its offerings actually don’t have ice cream in them, some of them do include frozen yogurt or sorbet, so we’re going to count it. Besides, is there a better time to down a smoothie than when you’re walking around on a nice summer day? Franchising since: 1948 Initial investment: $93,550 to $401,800 Initial franchise fee: $25,000 1-year growth in new units: 164 units (2.1 percent) Training: 2.5 weeks on the job, 2.5 weeks in the classroom Marketing support: Co-op advertising, ad templates, national media, regional advertising, social media, SEO, website development, email marketing, loyalty program/app Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers Freddy’s is ranked 44th on the Franchise 500 and offers sundaes, concretes (super-thick milkshakes you eat with a spoon) and cones with all sorts of fun toppings like gummy worms and Oreos. Franchising since: 2004 Initial investment: $592,810 to $1,999,117 Initial franchise fee: $25,000 1-year growth in new units: 33 units (14.1 percent) Training: 140 to 150 hours on-site, 10 to 20 hours in the classroom Marketing support: Ad templates, social media, SEO, website development, email marketing Dairy Queen If you have the word “dairy” in your name, you’ve got to offer good ice cream.

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Much of the U.S. skipped spring this year. For many states, the weather went from snow to 90 degrees and sunny in about a week. A week ago, a warm fire sounded nice; now you have customers lined up around the corner for ice cream.

If you’re looking to cash in on the summer heat, maybe you should consider an ice-cream franchise.

Here are the top seven entries from the Entrepreneur Franchise 500.

McDonald’s

McDonald’s is the No. 1 entry on the Franchise 500, so of course it tops the ice-cream franchise list, too. While the Wendy’s Twitter account might roast the Golden Arches for seemingly always having a broken ice-cream machine, McDonald’s does indeed sell cones, sundaes and shakes.

  • CEO: Steve Easterbrook
  • Business headquarters: Oak Brook, Ill.
  • Franchising since: 1955
  • Initial investment: $1,008,000 to $2,214,080
  • Initial franchise fee: $45,000
  • New units in 2017: 507 units (1.4 percent)
  • Training: 6 to 24 months on the job, 75 hours in the classroom
  • Marketing support: Co-op advertising, ad templates, national media, regional advertising, social media, loyalty program/app

Sonic

Sonic is well-known for its ice cream — and slush options (which aren’t ice cream, but we’re going to count them anyway). The No. 6 business on the Franchise 500 is also a great franchise for the summer due to its drive-in model, where you can sit and eat in the comfort of your car instead of inside a restaurant. It’s just a better experience when the weather is nice.

  • CEO: Cliff Hudson
  • Business headquarters: Oklahoma City
  • Franchising since: 1959
  • Initial investment: $1,073,000 to $2,361,500
  • Initial franchise fee: $45,000
  • New units in 2017: 31 units (0.9 percent)
  • Training: 400 hours on the job, 24 hours in the classroom
  • Marketing support: Co-op advertising, ad templates, national media, regional advertising, social media, SEO, website development, email marketing, loyalty program/app

Culver’s

Culver’s is ranked 13th on the Franchise 500, and the fast-food joint prides itself on making fresh frozen custard…

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