September 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANNON BEACH, Ore. – Schwietert's Cones & Candy, the family-owned candy store with more, is now offering turnkey franchise opportunities in 23 states, giving entrepreneurs around the country the chance to launch a proven-successful, destination sweet shop in their community.
A family-owned and operated business, Schwietert's has been a Pacific Northwest candy shop favorite since 1985 with three locations in and around Cannon Beach, Oregon. Specializing in salt-water taffy, homemade fudge, ice cream and a wide selection of premium coffees, retro sodas and gummy candies, Schwietert's is also the destination for old-fashioned and hard-to-find candies and treats.
"A visit to Schwietert's is a sweet experience for all ages," said CEO Jeff Schwietert. "It's more than just a candy shop – it's an adventure for the senses with the scent of luscious chocolates and fresh-roasted coffee filling the air, the sight of homemade fudge and caramel apples being hand-dipped on-site, and the experience of walking into this vibrant, lively store complete with a Candyland-style boardwalk and huge gumball-filled Roman pillars welcoming you inside."
Designed as a destination experience, perfect for travel hot spots and other high-traffic areas, a Schwietert's Cones & Candy franchise provides a very modern, sleek and vibrant guest experience. Huge cotton candy clouds, overhead dripping-chocolate visual effects and retail fixtures in a rainbow of colors create a fun and exciting atmosphere with just a hint of nostalgia that instantly puts a smile on guests' faces.
"It's an incredibly fun business to run - you get to make people happy every day, and not too many businesses give you that kind of opportunity," Schwietert said. "Not to mention, the candy business is extremely resistant to market and economic conditions. Candy is a timeless business, a guilty pleasure that virtually anyone can afford in almost any situation, and might even bring a smile to someone's face when they really need it. From a market standpoint, it's a very resilient business and shows no signs of slowing down."
A Schwietert's Cones & Candy franchise includes assistance with site selection, financing options, marketing and complete store design and branding, along with extensive training and support to launch and operate a successful location. Most franchisees can be up and running in as little as four months, each with designated areas of primary responsibility to avoid market saturation and maintain the destination appeal. Each franchise license includes a business plan, compliance documents, operations manuals, marketing strategy and more to help both new and experienced franchisees grow with industry-standard best practices.
Schwietert's franchisees make their own fudge, caramel apples, caramel and cheese popcorn on-site, with handmade chocolates and up to 80 flavors of salt-water taffy shipped fresh from the Schwietert's confectionary in Cannon Beach. Each location features as many as 40 flavors of the top ice cream brands in the region, plus a large selection of gummy candies, Jelly Belly® jelly beans, retro candies and a wide variety of retro sodas mixed and served on-site.
To launch and manage the franchise program, Schwietert's has partnered with Francorp, the world's leading franchise development firm that's helped more than 2,000 companies expand franchising opportunities to entrepreneurs around the world over the last 38 years.
To learn more or get started with a Schwietert's Cones & Candy franchise today, visit www.schwieterts.com or call 503.436.1470.
A sweet experience for all ages, Schwietert's is a family-owned ice cream, candy and confectionary store based in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Founded in 1985 and offering a wide selection of homemade fudge, chocolates, espresso/coffees, retro candies and sodas in a vibrant, exciting environment, the second-generation business offers complete turnkey franchise opportunities in 23 states. For more information, visit www.schwieterts.com.
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