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Scoop Out a Piece of the Carvel® Franchise

Carvel® has been serving signature sensations and genuine smiles since 1934. Our commitment to quality and franchisee-friendly model has helped us grow into an outstanding franchise opportunity the world over. Now, you can bring the world’s freshest ice cream to a market near you with a Carvel® franchise.

We’re Growing
& Your Market Can be Next

  • 300+

    As of 12/31/2023

  • 8

    As of 12/31/2023

Our Franchisees Get Dedicated Support Teams


  • Manages new market launches with a cross-functional team for new opening support
  • Assists franchisees with real estate needs such as site criteria and selection
  • Develops concept packages with construction plans and conducts construction document review
  • Provides guidance on image standards and expectations


  • Provides access to a comprehensive, high-resolution product image library
  • Assists in core menu development and pricing strategies
  • Assembles Local Store Marketing toolkits
  • Facilitates R&D projects for local product introductions
  • Provides sales trends analysis and guidance

Operations and Training

  • Offers a Support Center that provides an unparalleled level of operational review, coaching and analytical support to our franchisees to improve operational performance
  • Provides opening training support with certified trainers and certifies international training locations
  • Serves as primary liaison for R&D on product development and testing, quality control and inspections
  • Conducts advanced training and professional development classes

Supply Chain

  • Assists with distribution network relationships and negotiates distribution agreements
  • Secures regionally sourced product, where necessary, and ensures adequate distribution
  • Establishes supply chain for new regional markets
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A Rich History &
a Bright Future

A happy accident turned into a delicious discovery when Tom Carvel’s ice cream truck broke down in his New York neighborhood in 1934. Tom realized his customers loved the creamier taste of melting ice cream and Carvel’s famous soft serve was born.

Today, Carvel® is driven by the same ingenuity that turned a single Shoppe into an international franchise opportunity with more than 300 locations across 10 countries. We’re proud of our rich legacy, but we’re even more excited about the future.

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We’re Growing
Across the Globe

Carvel® is connecting continents with each delicious scoop! See below which countries are currently open for development. And check back often – we’re focused on continued global development.

Markets of high interest

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Libya
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nicaragua
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Scandinavia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

Unavailable markets

  • Aruba
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Malta
  • Pakistan
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • U.A.E.

International Applicant Requirements

  • Multi-unit foodservice, hospitality, or retail operations experience
  • Ability to open multiple locations following a development schedule
  • Capital necessary to develop & support multiple locations
  • Sufficient infrastructure team with growth capabilities
  • Local expertise in real estate, marketing, development, project management, human resources and supply chain

Financial Requirements

Will vary depending upon market size. Numbers below are based on minimum of 20 stores.

  • $1,500,000 USD

    Minimum Liquid Capital

  • $2,000,000 USD

    Minimum Net Worth

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