“Growing up on the east coast, my wife and I have always been big fans of Rita’s and their signature ‘cool treats’,” said Donald Thomas. “Once we arrived in Indianapolis, we realized right away that there was just nothing like Rita’s in the area. We knew that our community here would love the brand just as much as we did and set out to bring the first Rita’s to Indiana.”
Rita’s of Fishers has brought nearly 20 new jobs to the area and is centrally located on 96th street, the dividing line between Fishers and Indianapolis. The new walk-in store offers guests approximately 1600 square feet of space and will welcome guests seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to their three planned walk-in locations, the Thomas’ are also planning to add a mobile unit to their franchise for catering and special events.
“Rita’s has been rapidly expanding from coast to coast over the last few years and we’re thrilled that Donald and Quita have chosen to continue that trend with a new location in Indiana,” said Eric Taylor, chief development officer at Rita’s Italian Ice. “We always love hearing that our franchisees grew up with the brand and already have a strong affiliation with our mission and products – we feel there is no one better suited to bring Rita’s into a new location!”
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 Canada, the Philippines, Middle East and Caribbean. For more information on purchasing your own Rita’s Italian Ice franchise, please visit www.ownaritas.com.
About Rita’s Franchise Company
Ranked #1 in Nation’s Restaurant News “Consumer Picks 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 with more than 600 stores in the U.S. The company is aggressively expanding internationally with operating locations in the Philippines, Canada, the Middle East, and Caribbean. Rita’s, headquartered in Trevose, Pa., 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. For more information about Rita’s franchise opportunities, please visit: www.ownaritas.com.
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 65 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, and thirty years later, it is still spreading “Ice, Custard, Happiness!” For more information about Rita’s Italian Ice, please call 1-800-677-7482 or visit www.ritasice.com.