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A Deliciously Different Ice Cream Store Franchise!

Welcome to a franchise opportunity that can only be described as "deliciously different." With a history and tradition dating back to 1936, Stricklands has been a thriving, dynamic business in the greater Akron, Ohio area for generations. Our award-winning homemade ice cream is legendary and unlike any other ice cream in the industry.

Stricklands' recipe for success for our ice cream franchise opportunity is built on our great tasting ice cream, frozen custard, yogurt and sorbet - all made using our proprietary batch freezers, which were invented in the 1930s! The diversity of our product lines appeals to just about every consumer and Stricklands' unique taste creates customers for life. We make our products fresh every day at each Stricklands Ice Cream store, paying careful attention to three key elements:

• Our Rich Cream Base – Carefully crafted using the formula created by Bill Strickland in the 1930s. We like to say that it only takes one bite of Stricklands' fresh, soft, smooth ice cream to make a customer for life! 

• Fresh Ingredients – Stricklands keeps it real – real peaches, real strawberries, real bananas, real almonds, real chocolate chips – the list goes on and on. Stricklands uses only the best ingredients to create the best ice cream and frozen custard anywhere!

• Old-Fashioned Quality – Our proprietary ice cream machines have been carefully engineered to reproduce the quality and durability of the machines built for Stricklands in the 1930s...which are still in operation today at our original location in Akron, Ohio. Our one-of-a-kind machines also produce incredible frozen custard, yogurt and sorbet!

If you are considering opening an ice cream and frozen custard store franchise in your area and would like to learn more about Stricklands, please complete our Franchise Inquiry Form. We are seeking qualified individuals who are interested in opening single-unit or multiple ice cream store franchises in their area.



Comprehensive Franchise Training and Support

If you want to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself, Stricklands provides the tools, training and support to make your goal a reality. 

Key benefits of a Stricklands franchise: 

  • Outstanding training and support

  • Site selection assistance

  • Proprietary Batch Freezers that produce incredible ice cream, frozen custard, yogurt and sorbet

  • Proprietary ice cream scoops that give our products their unique conical shape

  • A proven operating system

  • Incredible fresh homemade products

  • Advertising and marketing programs 

  • Customizable web pages on our website to promote your Stricklands Ice Cream franchise, flavors-of-the day, special offers, etc.

  • Social media campaigns

Our mission is to develop strategic partnerships with qualified and enthused franchise partners who understand the wonderful differences that make Stricklands so unique. If you are ready to experience the joy and satisfaction that come from operating a successful Stricklands store, we invite you to contact us to learn more. Consider the possibilities for yourself and your family as you introduce Stricklands to a host of eager, happy customers in your community!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the real estate requirements?

The average size of a Stricklands Ice Cream franchise store is 1,200 to 1,800 square feet. Typical locations are near residential areas, commercial centers, schools, colleges and athletic facilities. In-line strip mall locations and specially constructed stand-alone out lots have both been used for Stricklands' locations. Rent for a Stricklands Frozen Custard franchise store is estimated to be $1,000 to $5,000 per month, depending on factors such as the size, type, condition and location of the leased premises. 

How long does it take to open a Stricklands Frozen Custard franchise store?

Opening day can usually occur within 3-5 months from the date you sign the Franchise Agreement. There are many variables that affect the opening of your Stricklands Ice Cream franchise store, such as selecting your location, obtaining building permits, completing leashold improvements, attending initial franchise training and hiring employees. Our Franchise Support Team fully assists you in navigating the process of developing and opening your Stricklands' store.

What training will I receive?

We conduct an intensive, one-week training session at our Akron, Ohio headquarters or at our Irvine, California franchise location, depending on where you live. You will gain both "back office" and in-store experience covering all aspects of operating a Stricklands Ice Cream franchise. In addition, we provide 3-5 days of onsite support and training at your location during your grand opening week. We also provide our Franchisees a comprehensive Franchise Operations & Policies Manual, which provides detailed information concerning the development, opening and ongoing operation of your Stricklands Ice Cream franchise.

What other assistance is provided?

During your opening week, a Stricklands' franchise trainer provides 3-5 days of onsite assistance at your location to assist you with your grand opening. The trainer will also help train new employees, assist you with opening, closing, and management procedures, and serve as an experienced resource to you as you begin your career as part of the Stricklands' family. We also provide you ongoing advisement and guidance via email and phone concerning every aspect of your Stricklands Ice Cream franchise. 

What does a Strickland’s Frozen Custard franchise cost to open?

The costs of a Stricklands franchise depend on many variables. The range of investment varies from $188,500 to $315,000 and includes all of the costs and expenses you will incur to open a Stricklands franchise (including six months of lease payments and working capital that may be required during your first three months of operation). Please contact us to receive a detailed outline of the Initial Franchise Investment. 


What is the royalty fee?

The monthly royalty fee is an on-going payment that you make to us for your Stricklands Frozen Custard franchise. Our royalty fee is 6% of total gross sales (not including sales tax). All of our Franchisees pay the same fee. It is important to note that Stricklands does not markup the cost of any inventory, products or suppliers that are purchased by our Franchisees. They receive the net negotiated price that Stricklands Marketing Corp. negotiated on behalf of the franchise network. 

Do you recommend that I visit the corporate office?

Yes, we definitely encourage you to schedule a visit with us in Akron, Ohio. This will enable you to meet our team, view our operation, tour a few or our franchise stores, and of course, sample our incredible ice cream! When you visit, we recommend you spend a full day with us. If the Cleveland Indians are in town, we would also enjoy providing you a tour of our kiosks and inline store at Progressive Field. Since we are located within 20 minutes of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and 30 minutes from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, you may want to schedule an extra day to visit these landmarks. Please contact us to schedule a visit.


How do I receive a copy of your Franchise Disclosure Document?

We typically provide our Franchise Disclosure Document to you during your visit with us in Akron. In certain cases, we will provide the Franchise Disclosure Document in advance of your visit either electronically (PDF) or in hard copy form. Please contact us for additional information.

The information provided on this website is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy a franchise. It is intended for informational purposes only. Currently, the following states in the U.S. regulate the offering and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of, or desire to locate a franchise in one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise until we have complied with the applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements of your state, including providing you our state-specific Franchise Disclosure Document.

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