SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Sept. 3, 2014 // PRNewswire // - Cold Stone Creamery® is excited to announce its entry into Central America. The first store will open in El Salvador during Q4, 2014. Kahala Brands™, the parent company of Cold Stone Creamery (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com), has signed a Master Franchise Agreement with CMR Global, S.A., an entity within the GP Restaurants family, to bring the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® to the ice cream lovers of Central America. The first location will be in the Multiplaza Mall, a premier mall of El Salvador.
"GP Restaurants has a well-established Central American footprint with a portfolio of leading international brands," said Eddy Jimenez, senior vice president of international operations and development at Kahala Brands. "They have a strong leadership team that is rooted deep in local market knowledge and restaurant operations experience. Our Cold Stone Creamery brand is the perfect fit to add to their growing portfolio."
GP Restaurants is well known as a leader in the Food & Beverage industry in Central America, representing over 15 brands with over 160 restaurants across El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
"We have gained significant experience in the casual dining segment and we continue our growth in that segment," said Ernesto Vasquez, Regional Director of Operations at GP. "Our vision is to be the best developer and operator of leading international restaurant brands in the Mesoamerican Region."
The Cold Stone Creamery experience for the El Salvadorian consumer will not just be about best-in-class ice cream products, but also about best-in-service with products and an experience that unquestionably deliver value. Not only does GP want to make an impact on consumers, but also with those seeking employment.
"We want to make our Cold Stone Creamery stores the restaurant of choice, but we want to become the employer of choice as well. The fun, light-hearted atmosphere in a Cold Stone Creamery store will really be a draw to both prospective employees and customers," said Ernesto Vasquez at GP.
Cold Stone Creamery has continued to make strong key moves into the international market in recent years. The international growth of Cold Stone Creamery began in November 2005 when the company opened its first international store in Tokyo, Japan. Today, Cold Stone Creamery stores are operating in nearly 300 international locations and over 25 different countries, including the Philippines, Cyprus, Kuwait, Qatar, Trinidad, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia.
Cold Stone Creamery delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is a subsidiary of Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 15 quick-service restaurant brands. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 25 countries.
For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.coldstonecreamery.com.
For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.kahalamgmt.com.
SOURCE Cold Stone Creamery