Rita’s Italian Ice awards franchise and area development agreements for Minnesota to franchisees and area residents, Adam and Angela Ailloni. With wonderful family memories of enjoying Rita's products during trips to the East Coast with their two boys, theAilloni’s decided to bring Rita’s “Ice, Custard, Happiness” and “Cool Treats” to the Greater Minneapolis St. Paul area. Plans call for the first Rita’s store opening at Diffley Marketplace, 1016 Diffley Road in Eagan in early May, with their Grand Opening celebration slated for June. The couple plans to open 20 Rita's locations throughout the Twin Cities by 2020.
“We can’t wait to start spreading Rita’s Ice-Custard-Happiness,” says Adam Ailloni, Minnesota Franchisee. “Everyone will find their own favorite treat like mine, Cherry Gelati – a layering of fresh Cherry Italian Ice and creamy Old-Fashioned Vanilla Frozen Custard, or Angela's favorite the Misto – a delicious blend of Italian Ice and Custard. Our two children always go for the Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard Sundaes.”
Rita’s of Minnesota plans to employ 15-20 “Treat Team” members from the local community to support the shore in Eagan, catering events, fairs and festivals. Hours of operation will be Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rita’s Italian Ice, which is celebrating 30 years in business, has been aggressively expanding across the U.S. and internationally. In October, Rita’s opened its first-ever International store in Shenzhen, China, and this year will see the opening of Rita’s in Canada and the Philippines. Rita’s goal is to open 85 stores across the U.S. this year including their first store in Minnesota, which is Rita’s 24th state for the brand.
“Rita’s Minnesota has been requested by fans for years and will become our 24th state,” says Jeff Moody, CEO of Rita’s. “Rita’s is proud to award the Ailloni’s the franchise development agreement for Minnesota, with plans to accelerate Rita’s growth throughout the Twin Cities.”