Jeremiah’s Italian Ice has surpassed yet another milestone in its fruitful first year of franchising. The brand launched its highly-anticipated franchise opportunity last May, and in under 12 months, has awarded more than 100 units to 43 franchise partners.
“When we launched the franchise opportunity, our goal was to grow and be able to share our delicious treats with people in markets across the country,” said CEO and Founder Jeremy Litwack. “Since that time, we have added trusted franchise partners in our home state of Florida, and are eager to be expanding our presence in markets across the South, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Arizona, to name a few. We are excited to welcome these partners to the Jeremiah’s family and can’t wait for them to open their doors.”
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the brand has placed an emphasis on maintaining the health and safety of its employees and customers. Jeremiah’s was able to continue to spread joy in the community with their beloved frozen treats through delivery, drive thru service and curbside pickup options. Jeremiah’s continues to adapt to society’s new normal, pivoting its traditional franchise development efforts to instead host virtual discover days in order to continue connecting with their pipeline of interested franchisee prospects.
The 100th store was awarded to Charles Rankin, a retired FBI Special Agent and Air Force veteran. Rankin and his brother-in-law Angel Areizaga signed a development deal for three Jeremiah’s Italian Ice locations in Southwest Florida. It’s the same area that Jeremiah’s signed its first franchise agreement at the start of their franchise journey with the Frisone family, who plan to open a Naples location this summer.
“We knew that the concept was poised for growth when we first started working with Jeremiah’s,” said Cameron Cummins, cofounder of Pivotal Growth Partners and chief development officer for Jeremiah’s Italian Ice. “I’ve been involved in franchising for nearly 20 years and I have never seen pent up demand resulting in growth like this before. We are proud of our team for all the hard work they have contributed and are eager to share Jeremiah’s delicious frozen treats with communities in new markets across the country.”