Franchising FAQ

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The franchise fee for your first traditional location is $27,000. You should also plan to invest between $261,125 and $404,525 to build, equip and stock a traditional location.

Your Area Developer and the Cold Stone Creamery team will guide you through all phases of the site selection, lease negotiation, construction, training, grand opening and ongoing processes for marketing and operations.

Our Area Developers and Real Estate teams work at securing the best locations in each city. Once you become a franchisee, you can also work with the Cold Stone Creamery team to research and suggest outstanding Cold Stone Creamery sites.

Our national marketing and public relations campaigns help build excitement and assist in driving shoppers to your stores with a wide variety of local store marketing campaigns; such as school fundraisers and sampling to local businesses. Co-op marketing groups, Area Developers and other systems will support you along the way.

Cold Stone has mapped out a range of site opportunities globally. If a store already exists in your area, there may be enough local demand to support more stores. Ask your Area Developer or Franchise Development Manager to discuss potential opportunities. 

Below is an outline of the various steps you will encounter when opening a Cold Stone Creamery of your own.

  1. Complete Our Application
  2. Sign Your Franchise Agreement
  3. Secure Your Location & Build Your Store
  4. Train
  5. Open Your Store

Read the details by visiting our Steps to Becoming a Franchisee page.