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Brusters® Real Ice Cream

Quick 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 18 states!

Quick Facts

Minimum Cash Required$85,000
Total Investment$270,000 to $530,000
# of Existing Units200
Financing Assistance3rd Party
Military/Veteran PromotionYes

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Brusters Real Ice Cream

A Franchise Above the Rest -- Bruster’s® Real Ice Cream

Since 1989, Bruster’s® has become one of the country’s favorite frozen treat chains. And for the last five years, we’ve been ranked as a top-10 limited service restaurant by the prestigious Consumer Picks national survey. You’ll find over 200 independently owned Bruster’s® locations in 20 states, Guyana and South Korea -- and more are springing up every single day.

Discover the Difference. Always Handmade. Always Fresh.
Bruster’s® is made the old-fashioned way, with ingredients that are slow kettle processed and designed specifically to create our signature flavor. It all 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 daily by our Certified Ice Cream Makers.

From the expected -- chocolate, vanilla and strawberry- to innovative new tastes, like Graham Central Station, Mudslide and Cotton Candy Explosion, we offer more than 150 flavors. At least 24 are ready to be enjoyed daily in crunchy, handmade waffle cones, sundaes, candy-filled blasts and thick milkshakes.

Be Your Own Boss – With A Strong Support Team
You’ll discover when you operate a Bruster’s® Ice Cream store, people don’t just come hungry. They come happy and ready to make a memory! And thanks to our more than 25 years of experience, we’ll help you get started!

As a privately held company, we focus on helping you build the right store, in the right place with the right training and the right employees. Our experienced team provides a conveyor belt of support that includes:
  • Lending resources and business plan templates
  • Site selection support and real estate broker connections
  • Construction management
  • Comprehensive training in both corporate office and within your store for grand opening
  • Comprehensive Marketing plan and individual support
  • Grand opening plan and resources
  • Product procurement and distribution
  • Field operations consultants
  • Continuous product innovation

We offer more than just a way to achieve your financial dreams. This is an opportunity to cultivate and develop today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders!

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 and geography. Our options include walk up service (with and without drive-thru) that can be developed as an in-line, end cap or freestanding store. Any of these options provide streamlined operations that allow you to service high volumes of guest traffic quickly and efficiently. 

We Offer:

  • Generous protective territories
  • Growth of brand with four years of same store sales increases
  • Veteran discount - 50% off the franchise fee
  • Subsequent unit discount - 50% off the franchise fee
  • No renewal fees

Let’s Get Started!
Plenty of folks -- just like you -- are running successful Bruster’s® Ice Cream stores. 

Competitive Start-Up Costs:
• $270,000 - $530,000 for our in-line and end cap stores. 

Liquidity Requirements:
• $100,000 ($85,000 for veterans)

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 around, made right in your store daily!

When you become part of the Bruster’s® brand, you’ll know what it means to be a “A Scoop Above the Rest™!”

Take the next step -- get better acquainted with our brand by requesting information today.


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
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
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
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
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
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

Military & Veteran Promotions

50% off the franchise fee!

Brusters Real Ice Cream Video(s)

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  • Farm Fresh Brand Video

  • What Memories are Made of Brand Video

Press Releases & Awards

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

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