About this Franchise
When Tom Carvel'sÂ® ice cream truck broke down in 1934, customers lined up to buy his frozen treats - and the idea for a stationary Ice Cream Shoppe was born. One of the most widely-known ice cream franchises, Carvel now has over 440 stores in 25 states (as well as Puerto Rico) and 5 international markets. Carvel lit up faces with handmade ice cream and unique experiences long before the other ice cream and frozen yogurt players jumped onto the bandwagon. In a world of imitators, Carvel will always be the original.
What makes this franchise different?
Carvel's brand awareness is greater than 90% in its core markets. They have an extensive training program, which was founded by Tom Carvel in the '40s - The Carvel College of Ice Cream Knowledge, known to insiders as "Sundae School." Carvel also sells their products in many grocery stores, creating even greater awareness for their brand. Stores can be in any type of location - from street-side to stadiums or airports, as well as co-branded opportunities with Schlotzsky's and Cinnabon. Carvel presents Franchise Partners with a strategic way to grow their business by offering the opportunity to open one of their newly designed Full Shoppes, The Carvel Express Shoppe, The Carvel Cup & Cone and the Carvel Self-Serve concept, each of which are designed to work in various locations. These concepts allow the opportunity to offer their delicious ice cream products in a wide array of venues.
Ideal Franchising Candidate
The ideal Carvel franchise owner must be a highly motivated, experienced professional with prior restaurant and or business experience. However, Carvel does offer an internship program to evaluate and train and otherwise ideal candidate without restaurant experience. It is important that Carvel Franchise Partners have enthusiasm about the brand and show passion about owning their own ice cream franchise.