Rita's Italian Ice

Rita's Italian Ice Opens 50th Franchise Location

Rita’s Italian Ice, the Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores in 26 states, announced the opening of its 50th new location of the year, with the first in the state of Iowa. Since 1984, the East Coast brand has been dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with its custom treats, and 30 years later, Rita’s is now spreading “Ice, Custard, Happiness” in Des Moines, Iowa. The new location will offer complimentary regular sizes of Rita’s famous Italian Ice for the whole community to try during its grand opening celebration Friday, September 26.

Rita’s Raises Funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Rita’s Italian Ice raised $300,000 for long-time partner Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a national nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for kids with cancer. A check presentation will take place Wednesday, July 30, at 9:30 a.m. at Rita’s Cool Support Center, in Trevose, Pennsylvania, with Liz and Jay Scott, Alex’s parents and co-executive directors of ALSF, accepting the donation from Jeff Moody, Rita’s chief executive officer.

Rita’s Italian Ice Plants Flag in New Mexico

Rita’s Italian Ice awarded franchise and area development agreements for New Mexico and three cities in southern Colorado (Durango, Pagosa Springs, and Trinidad) to RNM Management Inc., owned by Dave and Mark Gaulden, Albuquerque residents and long-time entrepreneurs. As Rita’s expands to their 26th state, plans call for 30 stores to be developed over eight years with the first location planned for Albuquerque in March of 2015.

Rita’s Italian Ice Tangos with Mango

Rita’s Italian Ice, the Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores, announced the debut of its newest summer flavor, Mango-Strawberry Italian Ice, available through July 27. Guests can try the new Mango-Strawberry Italian Ice or create a personalized Mango masterpiece by mixing their favorite Italian ice flavor with the mango offering. Rita’s fans can also enjoy any of Rita’s Mango Italian Ice flavors in its signature treats, including Gelati, Misto, Blendini, or Frozen Lemonade.

Rita's Introduces New Watermelon Flavor for Summer

Rita’s Italian Ice is celebrating its “Summer of Fun” with a new flavor, Watermelon Chip Cream Ice. 

Rita’s announced it will kick off summer with the 3rd Annual First Day of Summer event on Saturday, June 21. Rita’s will be scooping regular sizes of its Italian Ice for $2, or guests can enjoy a regular size signature Gelati, a layering of Italian Ice and Frozen Custard, for $3.

Rita's Touches Down in Eagan

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.

Rita’s Italian Ice Lands in Kansas

Rita’s Italian Ice, the Italian ice concept with over 600 stores in 23 states, has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller, and Pat Reilly. Having had Rita’s while living in Philadelphia, these three local Wichita, Kansas, residents decided to become franchisees and bring Rita’s to the state. The team also owns a Five Guys Burgers and Fries unit near where the first Rita’s store is now open in Wichita.

Rita's New Flavor Starbursts onto the Scene

Rita’s Italian Ice, an Italian Ice concept with over 600 stores announced the debut of its newest flavor, STARBURST Orange Italian Ice, for a limited time at all locations through April 27, 2014. Rita’s guests can choose from a selection of over 65 flavors of the famous Italian Ice, made fresh daily, including new STARBURST Orange Italian Ice, which tastes like the popular candy with a juicy burst of orange flavor.

 

Rita’s Launches Social Media Contests for Spring Opening

Rita’s Italian Ice will celebrate its 22nd Annual First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice Giveaway and debut their newest flavor Starburst Cherry Italian Ice, at all locations beginning at noon on Thursday, March 20. In celebration of this 22nd annual milestone, all guests who visit any Rita’s Italian Ice on March 20 will receive a free Italian Ice in a limited edition cup, in the available flavor of their choice.  

Rita's Italian Ice Gears Up for Spring Opening

Rita’s Italian Ice announced all 600 stores will open for the season across the country by Thursday, March 13. Rita’s stores are gearing up for their annual First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice giveaway, which takes place Thursday, March 20 at all Rita’s locations. Since 1992, Rita’s has celebrated the First Day of Spring by giving cups of its Italian Ice to millions of fans; in fact, more than 10 million free cups of Italian Ice have been given away over the years.

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