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Do I need previous restaurant or franchising experience to become a Carvel® franchisee?

Yes – both are preferred and restaurant experience is required. However, if you are a great prospect but do not have sufficient restaurant experience, we do offer an Internship Program, which is a six-day, unpaid evaluation program where you will get both restaurant and classroom training. NOTE: This does not replace our ice cream franchise certification training program.

Is Carvel offering single and multi-unit opportunities?

We are currently seeking qualified candidates to open both single and multi-unit ice cream franchises.

What are the initial ice cream franchise fee and royalty fees?

Initial franchise Fee:
Full Shoppe: $30,000
Express & Hosted Express Shoppes: $7,500

Royalty fee:
Full & Express Shoppes: $2.29 per liquid gallon of mix you purchase.
Hosted Express Shoppes: No continuing royalty payment, but you must purchase Carvel Mix at our current price for Express Shoppes. The mix price for Hosted Express Shoppes is higher than the mix price charged to Full & standalone Express Shoppes, which includes additional revenue to Carvel (e.g. royalties).

Marketing Fee:
Full Shoppes pay $2.01 per liquid gallon of mix you purchase.

What type of training will I receive as a new Carvel franchisee?
  • Manager-in-training program: Classroom and in-shoppe for Full & Express Shoppes.
  • Full and Express Shoppes will be equipped with access to eLearning and video modules to assist in ongoing training, along with crew training guides for both core menu items and promotional items.
  • On-going Training includes Hourly Employee Training Tools and Promotion Training Guides.
  • Franchise Business Consultant and the Carvel Training Department make regular visits to our shoppes.
Does Carvel offer financing?

No. We do not provide financing, however we do have a relationship with a third party who will assist you in obtaining the financing you will need.

How soon can I expect my Carvel franchise to open?

Your first ice cream franchise (Full Shoppe) will generally open within 12 months of signing your Franchise Agreement. Express Shoppes can open within three months from signing your franchise agreement. If you have real estate already identified, these timelines can be greatly reduced.

Where are Carvel ice cream shoppe franchises generally located?

Carvel Full Shoppes are generally located in strip centers with the end-cap being preferred. Site Criteria: 800-1,600 square feet with a 15 square foot frontage.

The Carvel Express Model is designed for flexibility to allow the sale of Carvel ice cream in captive audience locations and co-branding situations. Site Criteria: minimum of 30 -100 square feet with a three feet frontage for a Hosted Express location.

Will I receive guidance on purchasing shoppe equipment and supplies?

Yes. We have a preferred vendor program that covers all aspects of opening your ice cream franchise.

Will I receive assistance in planning a Carvel grand opening?

Yes. Every opening of a Carvel receives training, operations and marketing support, PR and POS support.

How do I get started?

Click here to fill out our Request For Consideration form and download our franchise kit. We will contact you shortly on the number and/or email you have provided. We look forward to speaking with you to discuss the Carvel ice cream franchise opportunities!


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Success Stories
Carvel is a very close-knit business. It's one big, giant family with a great amount of people who are always trying to do better – and to help each other do better. This business has been very good to me. It's a lot of work – don't let anybody fool you. But any kind of situation where you can be your own boss and control your own future, it's just a great way of doing things.
Richie Stakofsky, single-unit Carvel owner since 1979, Brooklyn, NY