Carvel Ice Cream Expands Florida Presence

Ice Cream Franchise Introduces New Shoppe Design to Spur Growth Florida

ATLANTA - January 06, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Carvel…America's Freshest Ice Cream®, is expanding its presence in Florida. During 2014, Carvel® opened four new ice cream shoppes in southern Florida and plans on adding locations in Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Miami markets. The planned expansion follows the introduction of the ice cream franchise's new shoppe design in Royal Palm Beach in 2014.

"There's tremendous buzz about Carvel in Florida right now," said Carvel President Scott Colwell. "Loyal customers are excited about the new look, the new menu innovations and they're asking us to open more shoppes throughout the state."

Carvel is a leading regional ice cream brand in the Northeast and Florida, known for its signature ice cream cakes, Fudgie the Whale® character, freshly made soft ice cream and other hand-crafted novelty treats. The company, which has 30 locations in Florida, celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2014.

Desirable weather and support from snowbirds, which grew up with Carvel and are now introducing friends and family members to the brand, are additional reasons Carvel is focusing expansion efforts in Florida, says Colwell.

In March 2014, Royal Palm Beach became home to the first newly designed Carvel shoppe, which features a more contemporary atmosphere, digital promotional menu boards and other updates that showcase Carvel's decadent treats, including new dipping cabinets and a large display area for the brand's signature ice cream cakes.

Carvel is currently seeking franchisees to develop new full shoppes in the Orlando, Tampa and markets to the south. Franchisees can also open newly redesigned express shoppes throughout the state. Express locations are co-branded franchise models available for development in non-traditional venues, such as airports, universities, malls, travel venues, military bases, stadiums and arenas, and amusement parks. Express shoppes offer Carvel's most popular fountain items, including cups and cones, classic sundaes, shakes and Carvelanche® treats.

The total initial investment for a full-service Carvel shoppe ranges from $250,000 to $381,100 and varies based on location, square footage and equipment package. Full-service Carvel shoppes range in size from 800 to 1,200 square feet. For express shoppes, which are 100 to 300 square feet and located inside host brands, the typical development cost ranges from $37,100 to $119,000.

For more information about Carvel franchising opportunities, visit www.carvelfranchising.com.

This information is not intended as an offer to sell. We will not offer you a franchise until we have complied with disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction.

About Carvel Ice Cream

The United States' first retail ice cream franchise, Carvel® Ice Cream has become one of the best-loved and most recognized names in its industry. The company is a leading provider of premium soft ice cream and hand dipped ice cream products, as well as uniquely shaped ice cream cakes, including its signature Fudgie the Whale® and Cookie Puss® cakes. Atlanta-based Carvel currently operates over 400 franchised and food service locations, and is a part of FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor of Carvel® Ice Cream, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky's®, Moe's Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne's®, McAlister's Deli® and Seattle's Best Coffee® on military bases and in certain international markets. Visit www.carvel.com for more information, follow us on Twitter @CarvelIceCream of become a fan at http://facebook.com/CarvelIceCream.

SOURCE Carvel Ice Cream

Contact: 

John Arango
Fishman Public Relations
(847) 945-1300
jarango@fishmanpr.com

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