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Brusters Real Ice Cream - Franchise

Quick Franchise Summary

At Bruster's our simple retail model distinguishes us from the other franchises by focusing on serving ice cream and related products filled with the giant chunks of real fruit, candies, cookies, nuts and other delicious mix-ins. We have 200 successful units open in 22 states!

Brusters Real Ice Cream
Franchise Cost, Fees & Facts for 2021

Minimum Cash Required$100,000
Net Worth Required$350,000
Total Investment$265,000 – $1,500,000
Franchise Fee$35,000
Financing Assistance3rd Party
# of Existing Units176
Franchising Since1993
Military/Veteran PromotionYes
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Available In These States:

We are currently accepting inquiries in these states:
  • AZ
  • CA
  • CT
  • DC
  • DE
  • FL
  • GA
  • IL
  • IN
  • KY
  • MD
  • MI
  • MN
  • NC
  • NJ
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OR
  • PA
  • RI
  • SC
  • TN
  • TX
  • VA
  • WA
  • WI
  • WV

Not Available In These States:

We are currently not accepting inquiries in these states:
  • AK
  • AL
  • AR
  • CO
  • HI
  • IA
  • ID
  • KS
  • LA
  • MA
  • ME
  • MO
  • MS
  • MT
  • ND
  • NE
  • NH
  • NM
  • OK
  • SD
  • UT
  • VT
  • WY


Brusters Real Ice Cream - Franchise Information

Choose Our Three Decades Of Experience And Support To Realize Your Dream Of Business Ownership
Bruster’s® Real Ice Cream - A Scoop Above the Rest

Since 1989, Bruster’s® has built a reputation for premium ice cream and exceptional service. The Bruster’s® difference starts with our proprietary home-style mix, delivered fresh from our dairy to each store, where small artisan batches of ice creams, yogurts, ices and sorbets are made fresh onsite daily and served with a smile! One taste and you will understand why we are a scoop above the rest!

Who We Are And What We Stand For

As a privately held company, our focus is 100% on helping you build the right store, in the right place with the right training and the right employees. For three decades we have refined our business model, improved our programs, and supported our franchisees. That’s why our franchisees have enjoyed seven consecutive years of same store sales increases and our average unit volume is at a record high.

We don’t answer to shareholders or equity groups.  We measure our success based on the success of our franchisees!  If you are looking for a culture where people listen, collaborate and work together to achieve great things, you owe it to yourself to learn more about Bruster’s®.

Discover the Difference

Our accomplished support team has over 200 years of combined experience with the Bruster’s® brand! That demonstrates the team’s commitment to the brand and provides assurance that new franchisees can rely on our knowledge, experience and guidance!  Some key areas of our franchise program include:

  • In-market site selection support
  • Construction management and assistance
  • Comprehensive new owner training
  • Robust national and local level marketing programs
  • Grand opening planning and resources
  • Onsite grand-opening training and operational support
  • Sophisticated data-driven performance analytics
  • Pre-set product procurement and distribution
  • Field operations manuals, assistance and collaboration
  • Annual product innovations

Build The Bruster’s® That’s Perfect For You

Thanks to several simple, yet straightforward design options, you can tailor your ice cream business to your specific needs, financial investment and geography. Our options include walk up service (with or without drive-thru) that can be developed as an endcap or freestanding store. Either of these options provides a streamlined operation that allows you to service high volumes of guests quickly and efficiently.

Make A Difference in Your Life and Your Community

You’ll discover that being a Bruster’s® franchisee is more than a financial investment or a means to support your family. A Bruster’s® Real Ice Cream shoppe is a place where people come happy and ready to make a memory! This business is a catalyst for community connections and family celebrations. You will become a mentor to your young employees, your ice cream becomes the basis for special family traditions, and your patio becomes a gathering place for friends and family celebrations. You will have the opportunity to sponsor neighborhood teams and offer fundraising opportunities for schools and churches.

If you are looking for a business that is meaningful and fulfilling, you should take a closer look at Bruster’s® Real Ice Cream!

Why Bruster’s® and Why Now?

If you are seeking a franchise opportunity that has a demonstrated track record for success, support and treating its franchisees with respect and integrity, you should learn more about the Bruster’s® franchise opportunity. Here are some of the other reasons our franchisees joined our family:

  • Award-winning industry leader for 30-years
  • Seven consecutive years of increased average unit volume
  • Artisan, fresh-made premium products
  • Fun, rewarding business
  • Supportive, collaborative franchisor
  • Multiple revenue streams (including mobile units and outside sales)
  • Minimal overhead
  • No staffing issues
  • Community connection
  • Fundraising opportunities
  • Innovative, ever-changing product selections
  • Opportunity to mentor youth
  • Generous & exclusive trade areas
  • Proven business model
  • Lower capital investment for food
  • No dangerous grills or fryers
  • Perfect for multi-unit operator
  • Comprehensive customer loyalty program
  • Targeted social media campaigns
  • Outstanding franchisee validation

Get Started!

It’s a sweet and affordable decision and we will work with you every step of the way.

Just imagine the pride you’ll feel knowing that you’re serving the best ice cream to your community, made right in your store daily! When you become part of the Bruster’s® family, you’ll know what it means to be a “A Scoop Above the Rest!”



Owning a Bruster's has given me the opportunity to spend quality time with my family. Bruster's is different from other food service companies -- it's not complicated and has a simple process to follow. Best of all, it's fun! Tim Brady, Greenville, SC
When you're out and about in our community, it's about those customers that stop you and rave about Buster's for having the best employees and ice cream. Sherry & Scot Reed, Tega Cay, SC
The think I like most about Bruster's is the people. I like selling them a product that makes them smile. I enjoy the family environment; I love working with ids and just all of those things fit to what we do at Bruster's the best! Val Hall, Anderson, SC
We knew the product would sell itself once we could get in in the mouths of the customers. Our first store opened up very strong. Customers responded to the product because it was definitely a step above what they had experienced in the area. Jim Graham, Spartanburg, SC
Bruster's was the right decision for me financially, and it helps me instill a good work ethic, and values to my children and Scoopers. I think of Bruster's as a family. We make fresh product on site, have great control over it, and sell it directly to our customers. We truly can serve our customers like no one else! Ed Miller, Atlanta, GA
I just realized corporate America wasn't for me. Now, I still work a lot, but it benefits me, and my family directly. Bruster's provides a strong infrastructure and the best products that create the ability to serve large volumes of customers. All you need to do is execute! Colleen & Bret Wagner, Etters, PA

Military & Veteran Promotions

VetFran Franchise Fee discount, $17,500

Press Releases & Awards

5/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Inks Franchise Deal for 5 Shops in Phoenix
5/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - Join us at the International Franchise Expo June 15, 16th and 17th.
4/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Signs Deals to Enter 7 New Markets as First Quarter Comp Sales Growth Nears +9%
1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - Bruster's Sees Best Sales in 27-Year History