Rita’s Italian Ice Scooping Soon at Petco Park

Rita's Italian Ice Scooping Soon at Petco Park

Rita’s famous “Ice, Custard, Happiness” Available Soon at all Home Games!

Baseball Fans can Cool Down with San Diego Padres Helmet Cup of Italian Ice

Rita's Italian Ice Scooping Soon at Petco ParkRita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 stores, announced today, Rita’s area developer of San Diego has agreed to serve Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard at the San Diego landmark, Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Rita’s Italian Ice will service several express units at the ballpark and offer four flavors of their famous Italian Ice, by the cup or in a souvenir Padres Helmet cup, and Custard Cookie Sandwiches made with OREO Cookie Wafers, at all home games beginning late-August. Rita’s “Cool Treats” brand will be located on the main concourse and at the “Park at the Park.” On Sundays, Rita’s On Wheels will be serving from the Park at the Park, located adjacent to the video board on the batter’s eye.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer attendees and sports fans at Petco Park Rita’s Ice Custard Happiness soon,” said Managing Director of Rita’s San Diego, Kurt Kuyper. “Padres fans will be able to watch their favorite team while enjoying Rita’s deliciously smooth, cool and refreshing Italian Ice in a Padres souvenir Helmet cup,” said Kuyper. “During the home games, attendees can enjoy four flavors of Rita’s Italian Ice and our popular Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard Cookie Sandwiches made with real OREO cookie wafers. By adding unique cool treats and variety to the food options at the park, we hope to enhance the fan experience with Rita’s!”

Besides bringing the popular Rita’s brand to Petco Park, Rita’s San Diego will employ 8-10 Treat Team members for each home game, and has hired over 100 Treat Team members to date for several San Diego area Rita’s stores now open. Rita’s San Diego plans to open more than 30 stores within San Diego County over the next few years, and currently have opened Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista and Escondido, Rancho Penasquitos, with others opening soon in San Marcos, Santee, University Square, Del Cerro, Mira Mesa and more. For an updated map of all “Coming Soon” Locations visit www.facebook.com/RitasofSanDiego and follow Rita’s rapid expansion as the “Ice Storm” blankets San Diego.

For almost thirty years, Rita’s has been an East Coast favorite. With their motto, “Ice, Custard, Happiness” Rita’s serves up a big dose of happiness with their freshly made, delicious Italian Ice. Rita’s traditional Italian Ice is a smooth and delicious treat made with real fruit available in a selection from over 65 flavors. Rita’s Italian Ice at Petco Park will feature the same great fresh made Italian Ice that patrons have loved since the first Rita’s location opened in Philadelphia in 1984, thirty years ago this year!

Rita’s Franchise Company, whose business is treats and mission is happiness, was founded 30 years ago, and is headquartered in Trevose, PA. Rita’s is the largest Italian Ice concept in the world, with over 600 stores in the U.S., and 85 more opening soon, with its first international stores now open in China, and opening soon in Canada and the Philippines. The thirty-year old brand is continuing to grow domestically and internationally. For franchise opportunities visit: www.ownaritas.com.

The popular chain offers a variety of “Cool Treats” including its famous Italian Ice, made fresh daily with real fruit, available in over sixty-five flavors including Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard, Sundaes, Light Custard, Frozen Custard Cakes, Custard Cookie Sandwiches made with OREO, layered Gelati as well as its signature Misto and Blendini creations. Since 1984, Rita’s has been dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with their freshly made, delicious, custom treats, in a fun-filled atmosphere, and thirty years later, they are still spreading “Ice, Custard, Happiness!” Get Rita’s. Get Happy!

Rita’s is 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 was named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal”, ranks #81 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “2014 Franchise 500” list and Top Frozen Treat Brand by on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “2014 Top Brands” list.  For more information about Rita’s Franchise Opportunities please visit: www.ownaritas.com or for more information please call   1-800-677-7482 or visit www.ritasice.com.

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