Monday, June 22, 2015

Rita's Italian Ice to Expand into Massachusetts

A Pennsylvania-based chain of Italian ice shops is making big plans to expand into the Boston area and elsewhere in Massachusetts.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting that Rita's Franchise Co. is working with a Boston entrepreneur to open franchises of Rita's Italian Ice in the local area, with 30 stores on their way to the state over the course of the next eight years. The chain, which calls itself the "largest Italian Ice concept in the world," is looking at communities such as Allston, Bedford, Brighton, Roxbury, Hingham, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale, with the first one opening in the spring of 2016--though no specific locations have been finalized as of yet. (The company is also looking to open mobile outlets in downtown Boston.)

Currently, more than 600 locations of Rita's Italian Ice can be found in the United States, including one in Rhode Island and approximately 15 in Connecticut. The website for Rita's is at

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