April 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, FL – Ice House America, the pioneer in automated ice and water vending technology, is proud to announce that its franchise brand, IceBorn, has been chosen as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2014 "Top New Franchise to Watch." Entrepreneur chose 57 new companies, which all started franchising within the last five years and managed to rank in Entrepreneur's 2014 Franchise 500® alongside companies that have been franchising for decades.
According to Entrepreneur Magazine, this group of 57 companies together provide a clear picture of the types of businesses that are seeing success right now. They go on to say that "You'd be hard-pressed to think of a tougher time to start a business than the past five years. That's what makes the companies listed here especially impressive."
Ice House America began franchising its IceBorn brand in May 2012 and currently has commitments for over 1,800 units across 19 states, which is in addition to Ice House America's network of 2,700 existing independently owned and operated units.
Under the IceBorn brand, franchisees have access to three (3) bulk ice vending machine models – all are freestanding, 24/7, automated retail ice and water destinations offering bagged or straight-to-cooler ice that is filtered, clean and made on demand. Depending on the IceBorn model, the initial investment ranges from $18,995 to $130,000 plus fees for site preparation, shipping and installation.
"IceBorn is thrilled to have been chosen as a "Top New Franchise to Watch" by Entrepreneur. It’s an honor to be listed among so many outstanding businesses, says Michael Little, Vice President of Marketing, Ice House America. "This recognition only solidifies IceBorn’s commitment to the franchising industry by offering a product line that is perfect for those part-time entrepreneurs and military personnel transitioning from active duty to civilian life."
Ice House America, also a participant in the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program, will waive the franchise fee and the first 12 months of royalties to all qualifying military veterans.
Ice House America, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL and founded in 2003, already has more than 2,700 installed and independently owned ice house locations in 27 states. There are over 100 corporate-owned Ice House locations, with the balance independently owned and operated. In addition to being chosen as "Top New Franchises to Watch" in 2014, landing on Entrepreneur’s 2014 Franchise 500 list, IceBorn was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Vetrepreneur.
For more information regarding Ice House America ownership opportunities, please call 888-388-1590 or visit www.icehouseamerica.com.
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