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Rita's first Ontario Franchise awarded to GTA

07-07-2016 12:52 PM CET | Leisure, Entertainment, Miscellaneous

Press release from: Rita's Italian Ice

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Rita’s Italian Ice, the United States’ largest Italian Ice concept with over 625 outlets, will now have locations opening in the Greater Toronto Area this Summer . Rita’s - the well known, award-winning and beloved frozen treat Brand has teamed up with Terrence Thomas and Ray Skeete to introduce, open and operate in Toronto. “We are proud to introduce Rita’s Italian Ice to Ontarians”, said Steve McDonough, chief executive officer of Rita’s Canada, “Terrence and Ray along with their team will enable us to expand Rita’s brand to many more fans and we are excited to be opening in Toronto .” Mr. Thomas has become a fan of Rita’s while attending University in Pennsylvania and had always thought the concept would be a great addition in Toronto. “Rita’s Ice and Frozen Custard is so unique and there is nothing quite like it – I missed my regular visits to the local Pennsylvania Rita’s so when this opportunity came up I thought it made sense to introduce it in my hometown.” Rita’s GTA will start with a mobile Rita’s Unit and is scheduled to begin operations July1 appearing at Toronto Ribfest, ScotiaBank Caribanna, Toronto Salsa Fest, MARKHAM Fairground Fest, Jambanna Music Fest, Kitchener Ribfest to name a few.

With its motto, “Ice, Custard, Happiness”, Rita’s is dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with their freshly made delicious custom treats. Guests can choose from traditional Italian Ice made fresh daily with real fruit, including the most popular flavors, Cherry, Alex’s Lemonade, Mango, Swedish Fish®, and Cotton Candy, just to name a few! If Guests prefer a more decadent Ice treat, without the heaviness of ice cream, Cream Ice, is their choice and is offered in silky smooth flavors. Finally, health-conscious Guests can still enjoy a taste of Rita’s with Sugar-free flavors also available.

Rita’s the “Home of Cool Treats” offers many delicious options in addition to Italian Ice, including Misto® Shakes, a combination of Italian Ice and Custard blended into a cool, creamy, delicious customizable treat, a personalized Blendini®, which is Frozen Custard and Italian Ice blended together with your choice of mix-ins such as Snickers®, Nerds®, M&M’s® or, a Gelati, your choice of Italian Ice layered with creamy Frozen Custard.

Far from being just another Ice Cream or Frozen yogurt franchise, Rita’s Italian Ice has created a different category of options and continues to dominate with a unique combination of frozen treat offerings. Sugar-free, Gluten-free, Fat-free, and even Dairy-Free frozen treat options are now available. One taste and you become an instant fan – It’s true, the World Needs More Rita’s!"
Rita’s Canada is also offering franchise opportunities to those with quick service restaurant experience and multi-unit operators. Qualified franchisees benefit from a thirty year old brand, which is a predictable, measurable and sustainable investment opportunity. Candidates interested in opening a Rita’s Italian Ice should possess a passion for the brand and serving guests and families in a fast-paced environment. In addition, it is strongly desired that area developer candidates have past franchise operation or area development experience. For more information on franchising, visit
Rita’s Italian Ice locations in Canada will feature the same great combination of freshly made Italian Ice in a clean, fun atmosphere that patrons have loved since the first Rita’s location opened in Pennsylvania in 1984.

About Rita’s
Rita’s Franchise Company, headquartered in Trevose, PA, is the largest Italian Ice concept in the United States, currently operating in 19 states with over 625 outlets. The Canadian operations are headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Rita’s presently has international locations opening in India, ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao), and is continuing to grow nationally and internationally through franchise opportunities.

The popular chain offers a variety of frozen treats including its famous Italian Ice, made fresh daily with real fruit, available in over sixty flavors, Old Fashioned Frozen Custard, Milkshakes, layered Gelati as well as its signature Misto® and Blendini® creations. With its motto: “Ice, Custard, Happiness,” Rita’s is dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with their freshly made, delicious, custom treats, in a fun-filled atmosphere.

Rita’s topped the Zagat Survey for the #1 Best Quick Refreshment, Ice Cream/Custard for 2012, and was named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal” and named Top 100 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 500 Franchise Rankings” in 2016 and the top frozen dessert brand Entrepreneur Magazine For more information about Rita’s please - call 1-403-819-6561 or visit or

Rita’s topped the Zagat Survey for the #1 Best Quick Refreshment, Ice Cream/Custard for 2012, and was named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal” and named Top 100 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 500 Franchise Rankings” in 2016 and the top frozen dessert brand Entrepreneur Magazine.

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