With consumers increasingly seeking alternatives to the typical hot dog, pizza, and pretzel snacks they’ve become accustomed to at events and community gatherings, Tikiz franchise partners are experiencing stronger demand for its delicious Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream. The growing family-friendly franchise added 10 units in 2016 to support existing and new markets, and expects to add 24 additional trucks before the end of the year.
To augment its expansion, Tikiz recently revamped its franchise website to illustrate the one-of-a-kind tropical experience for prospective franchise partners seeking an engaging, entertaining and fulfilling career. For example, the franchise site includes an in-depth video, titled “Our Story,” that shares the company’s founding story and franchisees that are making a difference in their local communities through their interactive Tikiz trucks. Tikiz is also developing another franchise offering to be announced this quarter.
“When we built Tikiz, we didn’t just want to build the Coolest Truck On Earth, we wanted it to be run by really passionate and professional franchise partners,” says Brian Tollefson, CEO and Founder of Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream. “Our franchise strengthens with each addition to our family of go-getters, who come from all walks of life but share the same drive to bring joy to their communities with a fun business.”
One particular franchise partner who joined the fast-growing mobile franchise network in 2016, is Florida transplant Scotty Bailey. Bailey grew up in an entrepreneurial family and was the third generation to lead his family’s finance company that had been founded in the 1920s. After 30 years of managing the business, he was ready for a change. He sold the business and moved his family to their favorite vacation spot, the Florida Panhandle.
“I saw the Tikiz franchise opportunity as a fun and flexible business model that would serve as a breath of fresh air from the standard 9—5 lifestyle I had lived for years,” says Bailey, who owns three territories covering most of the Florida Panhandle, including Walton and Okaloosa County. “We’ve already helped countless efforts to drive funds for causes that impact my local communities’ needs. It’s refreshing to be part of something bigger—helping others reach their fundraising goals, meanwhile putting smiles on so many faces.”
The Tikiz FUNdraising program donates 20 percent of the day’s sales back to the event or supporting cause. This program is a huge sales driver for franchise partners and one of the many benefits of being part of Tikiz. The Tikiz business opportunity is a complete turn-key package with everything included from the truck, supplies and docking station equipment to marketing materials, Tikiz apparel, licenses, permits and insurance, among other items needed to successfully launch and operate the business. Franchise partners also enjoy a fixed royalty rate of $500 per month, protected territory of a 150,000 residential population and financing through Ford Motor Company and First Financial Bank.