16 Handles Expands in U.S.
February 02, 2023 // Franchising.com // NEW YORK, N.Y. – 16 Handles will open new locations this spring as part of four recently signed franchise agreements. These franchise deals mark a step forward for the brand outside of New York under CEO Neil Hershman, 16 Handles franchisee who recently acquired the brand in August of last year.
The first Boston location is expected to open in spring of 2023. The franchisees, Luka and Margaret Dow, are eager to debut 16 Handles in the market, where everyone from college students to young families can indulge in a wide variety of sweet treats. Luka comes from food and beverage background, and Margaret a retail background, and the couple were looking into franchise opportunities in their local community. When they discovered 16 Handles, they decided it would be a perfect fit for the metro Boston area.
“Bringing a 16 Handles to Boston is exactly what Margaret and I envisioned since we saw the city’s need for more tasty frozen dessert options,” said Luka Dow. “16 Handles is not only a quality product, but also a quality experience. My wife and I are excited to bring this business to Boston in hopes of spreading happiness and becoming more involved in the community.”
16 Handles is also expanding to Naples, Florida at 3367 Pine Ridge, Suite 103. Naples franchisees Alex Nicholas and Jib Reagan were immediately drawn to the brand’s innovation and the chance to better their community.
“I admire that Neil is an experienced operator, so he will understand what Jib and I are experiencing as we open our stores,” said Nicholas. “I used to live in New York for 15 years, and the first 16 Handles I ever stepped foot in was the East Village store.”
Nearby in Englewood, Florida, 16 Handles investor, co-owner and comedic YouTuber, Danny Duncan will open his first location at 505 W Dearborn Street. Duncan also currently serves as the brand’s Chief Creative Officer.
The other recently signed agreement is in Jersey City, New Jersey. The new franchise partner, Tamara Hamilton has lived in New York City for 12 years where she became an avid 16 Handles customer. Hamilton is looking forward to opening her first business and offering Jersey City a new, tasty dessert spot for everyone to enjoy.
“Previously working in the finance and construction industry, the pandemic made me realize I wanted to start a new career, be my own boss and open a business in Jersey City,” said Hamilton. “I wanted to open a place that people can come in to feel good and leave happy/”
16 Handles has modern store design, an exclusive and addictive product lineup, and an unparalleled customer experience. The menu features 16 different soft serve flavors, 50+ toppings and sauces, as well as a variety of frozen novelties such as cakes, take-home pints, and D? gourmet edible cookie dough..
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