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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 18 states!

Brusters Real Ice Cream
Franchise Cost, Fees & Facts for 2020

Minimum Cash Required$100,000
Total Investment$229,200 – $1,315,000
Franchise Fee$35,000
Financing Assistance3rd Party
# of Existing Units200
Military/Veteran PromotionYes
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Available In These States:

We are currently accepting inquiries in these states:
  • AL
  • AZ
  • CA
  • DC
  • DE
  • FL
  • GA
  • IN
  • KY
  • MA
  • MD
  • MI
  • MN
  • NC
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NY
  • OH
  • PA
  • SC
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • WV

Not Available In These States:

We are currently not accepting inquiries in these states:
  • AK
  • AR
  • CO
  • CT
  • HI
  • IA
  • ID
  • IL
  • KS
  • LA
  • ME
  • MO
  • MS
  • MT
  • ND
  • NE
  • NM
  • NV
  • OK
  • OR
  • RI
  • SD
  • VT
  • WA
  • WI
  • WY


Brusters Real Ice Cream - Franchise Information

Choose our three decades of experience and support systems to realize your dreams of business ownership!

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 20 years, we’ve been ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as a top franchise. 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.
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 daily. Each location offers a selection of 30-40 custom, decadent flavors, out of over 160 recipes to choose from, each day. 

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 store 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!

Who We Are and What We Stand For
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 tools, resources, guidance and advice 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 programs and individual assistance
  • Grand opening plan and resources
  • Product procurement and distribution
  • Field operations consultants
  • Continuous product innovation 

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 endcap or freestanding store. Either of these options provides a streamlined operation that allows you to service high volumes of guests quickly and efficiently.

We offer:

  • Generous protected territories
  • Veteran discount - 50% off the franchise fee
  • Subsequent unit discount - 50% off the franchise fee
  • No renewal fees

Let’s 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 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™!”



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