Rita’s Italian Ice Expands with Area Developer Agreements in Chicago



Rita's Italian Ice Expands with Area Developer Agreements in Chicago

22 Stores to Open Across DuPage, Will and Cook Counties in Illinois

Rita's Italian Ice Expands with Area Developer Agreements in ChicagoRita’s Italian Ice is expanding with new locations to open throughout the Windy City in Illinois. Chicago Ice Empire, LLC has been named as the area developer for DuPage, Will and Cook counties for Rita’s Franchise Company, which currently has no footprint in Illinois, although has over 600 locations worldwide.

Chicago’s Area Developers are working closely with Rita’s corporate to grow the brand within a designated geographic region. They have a vested interest to ensure each location maintains the brand’s standards and delivers Ice, Custard and Happiness to every guest.

Chicago Ice Empire’s team is comprised of five members: Mohsen Yafai, Ahmed Masad, Matt Rasmussen, Matt Seever and Arturo Nesci. The partners connected through a local networking organization and are now thrilled to be part of the Rita’s team.  Chicago Ice Empire and Rita’s Italian Ice, headquartered outside of Northeast Philadelphia, invite new applicants to join them to serve up their tasty frozen treats and be a part of this exciting new growth in the coming months.

“We are very excited to be working with Rita’s – they truly have an amazing brand,” says Yafai. “We’ve signed the papers and are now looking forward to traveling to Rita’s corporate headquarters to attend training and orientation. We can’t wait to get to know the Rita’s team on a personal level.”

Rita’s is best known for their delicious treats – Frozen Custards, Italian Ice and Gelati to name a few. Customers have come to expect the best from Rita’s. Quality is always ensured by the strict freshness standards the franchise has in place. Rita’s Italian Ice is made fresh daily on-site at each location, making it like no other frozen treat with its unique combinations of frozen treat offerings.

The popular chain offers many delicious frozen treats that combine their famous Italian Ice and award-winning Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard, including layered Gelati, blended Misto Shake and a personalized Blendini which mixes Italian Ice, Frozen Custard and a delicious topping. Other menu items include Milkshakes, Frozen Drinks, Sundaes, Frozen Custard Cakes and Custard Cookie Sandwiches. Since 1984, Rita’s has been dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with its freshly made, delicious treats in a fun-filled atmosphere, and over thirty years later, it is still spreading “Ice, Custard, Happiness!” For more information about Rita’s Italian Ice visit www.ritasice.com.

Ranked #1 in Nation’s Restaurant News “Consumer Pick’s 2014” for Service and Value in the Frozen Treat category and 14th overall in the Limited-Service category, Rita’s Franchise Company is the largest Italian Ice concept in the world with more than 600 stores in the U.S. The company is aggressively expanding internationally with operating locations in the Philippines, Canada and the Middle East.  Rita’s, headquartered in Trevose, Pa., was also named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal” and ranks #81 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “2014 Franchise 500” list. For more information about Rita’s franchise opportunities, please call 1-800-677-7482  or visit: www.ownaritas.com.