to Frequently Asked Questions when considering an investment
in the Brusters Real Ice Cream Family
What kind of experience do I need to become
a Brusters Franchisee?
We take great pride in the qualities and character of our
franchisees. Experience in management/ownership, foodservice,
retail, marketing or other related areas are indeed helpful,
but not absolutely necessary. Some of our most profitable
franchisees got started on dedication, enthusiasm and a true
love of ice cream.
What are the minimum financial requirements?
The liquidity requirements for our locations vary based on the model selected.
An in-line lease requires a minimum of $75,000 in liquidity and up to $100,000.
A free standing model requires the investor to be liquid for $200,000.
Liquidity is defined as cash, stocks and bonds you are able to liquidate and equity in real estate you have available and are willing to use.
What is the franchise fee?
The Bruster’s franchise is offered at $30,000. If you choose to add our co-branding partner Nathan’s Famous hot dogs the franchise fee is $37,500.
Does Brusters require
Franchise owners to be operators?
No. We look to attract the best franchisees for the system,
our customers and our communities. However, owners do not
need to run the day-to-day operations and may choose to hire
qualified general managers to fill that role.
What are the typical steps
toward owning a Brusters store?
Detailed steps to becoming a Brusters Franchisee are
provided to qualified applicants. Basic steps include:
- Click on our convenient Bruster’s Virtual Brochure
- Pre-qualification related to area and capital
- Review and discuss our current FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)
- Complete your due diligence
- Visit our offices and tour a location with us in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. You will have the opportunity to meet our Founder- Bruce Reed, CEO- Jim Sahene and senior staff.
- Signing of franchise agreement
- Site review and approval
- Site construction
- Management and staff training
- GRAND OPENING!
- Ongoing support
What type of training and
support does Brusters provide?
Bruster's provides comprehensive training to prepare you to
successfully operate and manage your business. Training is
conducted in both classroom and in-store settings to balance
your learning. Additional coaching is made available during
your grand opening!
What type of ongoing support
is provided by Brusters?
As part of our organization, you benefit from our experienced
staff of professionals in the areas of real estate, project
management, operations, finance and marketing.
Does Brusters provide
assistance with site selection?
Yes. Once your agreement is finalized, our Director of Real
Estate provides you with all of the site requirements to assist
you in the selection and approval of your Brusters location.
How long does the entire
From signing to grand opening, the average new store development
period ranges from 5 to 10 months depending on the development
option chosen. This time will depend on your decision-making
process and the cooperation of various external partners.
Our goal is to have you up and running as quickly as possible.
Does Brusters offer Financing?
No. We do not offer financing; however, we do provide helpful
tools that will assist you in your business plan preparation
to secure financing.
Does Brusters assist
with Development Areas or Development Agreements?
Bruster’s is open to exploring development agreements with qualified candidates having sufficient multi-unit food service experience, capital and infrastructure to support the effort.
How do I
- View our convenient Bruster’s Virtual Brochure. It allows you to learn more about our opportunities through an online presentation with the support of a Bruster’s Representative
- Contact Lori Molnar directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-774-4250 ext. 120.