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Steps to Ownership

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Step One: Complete the Carvel® Request for Information Form

We would like to understand a little bit about you, your experience and your plans for owning a Carvel ice cream franchise. Click here to complete the form and download our Franchise Kit.

Step Two: Introductory Call With a Carvel Prequalification Manager

We'll talk to you about the general qualification requirements, both financial and operational, as well as your territory of interest.

Step Three: Have an Introductory Call With a Carvel Sales Director

Let’s talk. This is your first opportunity to ask your questions. We'll talk to you about specific qualification requirements and overview the process to own a Carvel Full, Express, or Hosted Express ice cream franchise location.

Step Four: Receive the Carvel Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and Application

If you are interested in moving forward, we will provide you with our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), which explains the Carvel ice cream franchise opportunity in detail and includes a copy of the franchise agreement you'll be signing. Don’t worry; our Sales Manager will go over it with you.

Step Five: Submit Application for Approval and Complete Due Diligence

This is your chance to do all your research on the Carvel ice cream franchise. This includes discussions with current Franchisees and members of the Carvel Executive Team and beginning to create your business plan. Our approval committee will be reviewing your application. Once you have been approved, your franchise agreements will be sent to you.

Step Six: Sign Agreement and Welcome to the Carvel family!

Hooray! Once you have signed your agreements, they are received and countersigned in Atlanta, and all fees are paid, you are officially a Carvel Franchisee. WELCOME TO CARVEL!


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Success Stories
I can't say enough good things about Carvel – the communication, the support, and the fact that they help us keep costs down. I feel like I'm part of a really big team – not only in my store, but also with corporate and among other Franchisees. We're all in this together. I'm very happy where I'm at with Carvel.
Gary Hollada, single-unit Carvel owner since 1994, Williamsport, PA