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Questions To Ask Before Buying a Candy Franchise

on February 14, 2019

Stan “The Candy Man” Strickland, teaching the art of the perfectly dipped praline at the Greenville, SC Pre-Grand Opening training week.

Are you thinking of starting your own business as a candy franchise owner? The opportunity to use your experience, skills and expertise in new ways is an exciting, enticing consideration. For would-be franchise owners, questions can arise about how to best prepare for franchise ownership.

Here are 6 questions to ask before buying a candy franchise.

1. What expertise do I need?
Successful candy store owners bring drive, energy, commitment and enthusiasm to the table. At River Street Sweets, we’ll handle the rest! No experience as a candy-maker is required to start your own franchise.

2. Will I need to make my own candies?
When you become a River Street Sweets candy store franchisee, you’ll receive hands-on training on the time-honored tradition of making River Street Sweets candies. You’ll learn to make our gourmet southern candies in your franchise’s onsite location using our tried and true proprietary recipes.

3. What training will I receive?
When you become a franchisee, you will spend some time in our Savannah flagship store, learning about our history, operations, and management, in hands-on training sessions. You’ll learn about our policies and procedures, concept and brand values. And when your store opens, we provide at least 7 days of on-site support and training.

4. What funding options are there for franchises?
Like with any franchise, there are many options available to finance your small business. While River Street Sweets does not offer direct financing, we can help refer you to qualified lending and financing options.

5. How do royalties work?
When you become a River Street Sweets franchise, you will pay an initial franchise fee of $40,000*.  This does not include the costs of acquiring a retail location. Franchisees will pay 5 percent of gross sales for the preceding week, a monthly technology fee of $250*, and up to 2 percent* of gross sales from the previous week for marketing. These fees help River Street Sweets provide our franchise owners with ongoing support and training, system improvements, and the creation of new products and services. Our marketing strategies help you promote the brand and build and execute local marketing campaigns to drive more business and sales to your retail location.

6. What products should I sell?
We have decades of experience delivereing high-demand products to our customers. Our signature pecan pralines, chocolates, ice-cream & gelato, pastries, and popcorn, offer something to satisfy every sweet tooth.

To learn more about what it means to become a candy store franchise owner, contact us today to get started

(* Values and percentages are accurate at the time of this post. Any future changes that may occur will be noted in your agreement prior to signing.)

How We Support Your Candy Franchise Endeavor

on February 14, 2019

The key ingredient in any successful franchise is the training and support that you receive from your franchisor. Without that, a new franchise owner could waste considerable time, effort and money while they try to learn everything it takes to succeed in that particular franchise. At River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, we believe that our franchise owners deserve the best training and support that we can offer. That’s why we are committed to providing a variety of training and support methods to help our franchisees succeed in their new business enterprise.

Online Sessions
The beginning of your training starts with online sessions conducted by our trainer, Rebecca Anderson. Rebecca is highly esteemed at River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, and she knows as much—or more!—about the company as anyone who’s ever worked here. Rebecca’s online sessions go into detail about the history of the company, the basic processes of RSS•SCK’s candy creation, as well as store operations and procedures. The sessions also include the fundamentals of running a candy store franchise and job training in all areas and store stations. “It’s important for a candy store franchise owner to understand every aspect of the business.” says Anderson.

Of course, no training is complete without an assessment of what has been learned. After each segment of the online sessions, franchisees take a short quiz to test them on what they’ve absorbed. This is an excellent way for the trainer to identify areas that need repetition or perhaps another viewing of the training session.

Franchise Training Team at Greenville, SC conducting live training prior to the Grand Opening on February 8, 2019.

Hands-On Training
The next step in the training and support process is for some in person, hands-on training at either our headquarters, or in one of our existing stores. There, the candy franchise owner, manager and key personnel are trained in candy making, one-on-one. This portion of the training, which takes about three weeks, is conducted by the resident expert in that certain confection; be it chocolates, fudge, pralines or something else. The owners and accompanying parties learn everything about the candies, including the recipes and the cooking/creation of the confection. In
addition, safety and maintenance protocol is covered in depth, so that safe equipment operation can be practiced at all times. Extended training is available if the standard three weeks training proves insufficient.

On-Location Training
Once your store is ready to start filling the cases and the grand opening is near, our dedicated training team comes to your store to conduct live training, and in-depth guidance in all areas of your new candy franchise. We are with you every step of the way.

As you can see, at River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, training and support are an integral part of what we offer with our franchise opportunities. We understand that your success depends on your knowledge and ability to learn our proven concepts, and we’re determined to pass that on to our valued franchisees. To learn more about franchise opportunities with us, please contact us today!

Choosing the Right Location

on February 14, 2019

Lisa Warriner at her Greenville, SC ribbon cutting February 8, 2019
Lisa Warriner at her Greenville, SC ribbon cutting February 8, 2019

River Street Sweets has been a Savannah staple for years. Locals and tourists alike all love walking the cobblestone paths of River Street as the smell of freshly made candy fills the air, bringing them into the world class candy store. From toffee and fudge to bear claws (Loggerheads) and chocolate covered nuts, this family owned candy store is as much a part of Savannah as Forsyth Park, horse drawn carriages, the Girl Scouts, and the Mercer House. And now, you can bring a little slice of Southern heaven into your own neck of the woods by taking advantage of a franchise opportunity.

As is the case with River Street Sweets, location is so important. It’s not just about setting up shop anywhere. You need to be where the people are! Where the smell of warm, caramelized sugar and chocolate fills the air. Have you ever walked past a bakery with no intent on buying bread but that wonderful smell caught you by the nose and pulled you in? That’s what you want with your candy shop. You want to be around foot traffic, where pedestrians walk past and see you making the candy and, just as important, smell you making the candy. You then seal the deal with a free sample and they just can’t stop at one bite.

So when searching for a destination for your very own River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, you need to search for the right location. Where do people walk? Is there a favorite location in town where workers, families and visitors to town commonly visit and walk past? If so, that’s where you want to be. Because while people have access to candy throughout the day, it’s the sweet smell of freshly made handmade candies that brings them in.

Inside the Greenville, SC franchise location.

Opening Your Own Candy Franchise Heaven Has Never Been Easier.

Running a candy franchise is fun! When you were a kid, if you could have opened a candy shop, wouldn’t you have? As the owner of a River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, it’s your job to put smiles on faces. People from all walks of life, having all kinds of days, will walk past, and the moment they smell what you’re making and taste a bit of buttery, sweetened heaven, they’ll forget their troubles and know there really is a heaven, because they just bit into it. That’s what owning a candy shop is all about and why it’s so important to find that perfect location to share your joy with those around you

4 Advantages of a Candy Store Franchise in the Holiday Season

on November 29, 2018

There’s never a better time to run a candy store franchise than during the holiday season! Your candy store will be one of the most popular stops when you leverage the following four advantages during the holiday season!

1. Candy is a Popular Gift Item

From stocking stuffers to party hostess gifts and presents under the tree, candy is a popular gift item during the holidays. Your customers will flock to your candy store to find quality and one of a kind confections to give to family and friends. As well as gifts that can be ordered in your store and shipped anywhere in the US, using our state of the art shipping facility that supports your candy franchise store seamlessly.

2. Diets Are Put on Hold During Holiday Season

Indulgence has always been associated with the holidays. Even Charles Dickens’ famous novel, A Christmas Carol culminates in Scrooge joining the Cratchit family around a large feast along with Tiny Tim and the rest of the family. Diets are put on hold during the holiday season as people freely partake of their  favorite indulgences. Your candy store franchise offerings will be popular for use as candy bowl fillers, sweet recipe ingredients and dessert dishes.

3. An Opportunity to Introduce New Confections

As more people visit your candy franchise store during the holiday season, some of them will be long and loyal customers, but many of them may be first time visitors. Whatever their status, the holidays are the perfect time to introduce new products. Your customers may be more likely to want to experiment with beautiful and interesting confectionery temptations. If you have anything new up your sleeve, now’s the time to put it on display!

4. The Chance to Hold a Holiday Event

Parents are always looking for festive events around the holidays to entertain their children of all ages. This is an opportune time to hold a holiday event at your candy store franchise. Consider having a small tree lighting ceremony in your front shop window. Or have customers sign up for mini candy making classes. You could even host a visit from a certain person from the North Pole for the smaller children. Make the most of these holiday events by passing around trays of free samples of your sweet treats. This will help boost sales long after the holidays!

If you’re still on the fence about opening up a candy store franchise, just take a look around you during the holidays. Everyone is stocking up on their favorite confectioneries. Why wait? There are holidays to celebrate all year round and there’s always a good reason to celebrate with candy!

An Ice Cream Store Franchise With Added Value

on June 27, 2018

Did you know that the average American eats over 22 pounds of ice cream every year? With an appetite for ice cream like that, opening up a River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen ice cream store franchise makes good sense. Ice cream stores do very well in areas of the country with warm climates and in vacation destinations. If you’re thinking of owning your own ice cream store, choose an ice cream store franchise with added value.

What is Added Value?

Added value is for your guests. If you sell one thing – an ice cream cone, for example – your customers will have only one option to purchase. They buy their simple cone and leave. But when you offer added value, your guests have a much broader range of options to purchase, and subsequently, they have a much better experience being in your store. With an River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen ice cream store franchise, your guests get added value, and a fantastic, family friendly experience every time they visit. This added value does serves two purposes. One, it potentially increases the value of every sale you make. And two, it inspires your guests to want to keep coming back for more. That’s a winning combination you can’t afford to ignore!

river street sweets ice cream cones

What Added Value Does a RSS•SCK Ice Cream & Candy Store Franchise Provide?

With an River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen ice cream & candy store franchise, you not only get premium ice cream with both traditional and modern flavors. You will be able to serve your valued guests homemade, quality ice cream, gelato, and sorbets. Gelato in particular is one of the most popular newer ice cream treats that people crave. Right away, you can see the additional options that every guest has. But that’s not all. With your River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen ice cream store franchise investment, you are also getting world-class handmade southern candies. Thanks to the established reputation of your franchiser, your guests will already recognize the incredible assortment of hand-crafted candies like pecan Pralines, chocolate Loggerheads®, and glazed pecans. In reality, your River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen ice cream store and candy franchise is two stores in one. Now that’s added value!

Summer is the best time to consider an investment into a value-added ice cream franchise. Why wait? The information is free. Contact us today to get your questions answered and to learn more about the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen ice cream store franchise. Let’s get started!


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Foodie Gift Guides

on December 13, 2017

What better way to spread the holiday cheer than by sharing delicious, handmade southern candies with the ones you love? Whether it’s for a family member, a lifelong friend or a friendly colleague, there’s something for everyone when you shop River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s selection of holiday and corporate gift assortments.

This season, River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s World Famous Pralines® were featured in a number of fun, foodie gift guides. To read more about our delectable, timeless candy gift baskets available, visit the sites below.

Simply Southern Mom
Kasey Trenum Blog
Kelly’s Thoughts on Things


What returns can I get when I invest in a candy franchise?

on December 7, 2017

River street store wall of candy


Invest in a Candy Franchise with Rewarding Returns

The candy industry is a booming one, with billions of dollars of sales, millions of people employed, and high consumer demand for the product. Entrepreneurs interested in starting their own candy business should consider franchising with River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen to take advantage of their status as an established brand, their industry knowledge, and their support. With River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, you’ll be able to take advantage of a growing industry.

The Candy Industry Will Keep Growing

Candy sales are expected to reach almost $40 billion by 2020. Chocolate products make up a significant portion of that expected growth, and their demand is not likely to stop anytime soon. Premium chocolate candy sales have jumped by over 50 percent, while chocolate combined with other flavors has seen double that increase.

Current Trends Provide Unique Advantages

Changing consumer demands have forced many companies in the food industry to adjust their practices and refocus efforts on providing transparency in the making of their products. River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen has an advantage over others in the industry due to our open and production methods, showing that they’re already ahead of this trend. Using traditional recipes, each individual store prepares its products right in front of the customer. This places River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchisees in a uniquely beneficial position within the market, as consumers demand more open visibility and honesty when it comes to how our candy and chocolate products are made.

Receive Support from a Well-Established Network

The costs of creating a candy store from scratch may often be relatively cheaper than other entrepreneurial projects, with start-up costs typically averaging from $10,000 to $50,000. However, this does not include the increasing expenditures down the road in both time and money in order to maintain the business long-term. Smaller candy shops are typically at a serious disadvantage when attempting to market themselves in an especially competitive industry.

Confectionery franchise costs can be more expensive, but it is a significant value trade that essentially offers more bang for your buck. River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchisees receive a jump start into the world of candy sales with a brand that is not only well-regarded, but widely recognized for its stellar franchise program.

A Range of Options for Your Investment

Becoming a part of a franchise is a serious decision to make, not the least because of the costs associated with the process. That is why River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen offers different plans for potential franchisees to choose from. The price tags for each alternative is based on the size of the location desired for the new store, measured by the square footage of the space. A River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise opportunity can be tailored to your specifications, allowing you to receive the appropriate returns for the value of your investment.

If you’re considering opening a candy store, contact River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen to learn more today!


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Is a Candy Store Business Right For Me?

on December 7, 2017

franchise family in front of River street sweets candy store
Grand opening of a River Streets Sweets candy store with franchisee’s family.
The candy industry is so popular that it has been able to generate up to $35 billion in sales annually. River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen occupies a sizable niche within the market , and wants to bring in others to join our family as members of our franchise. If you’re interested in owning your own candy business, then franchising may be the right move for you.

The Candy Industry Provides Opportunities for Growth

The candy industry is valued at $35 billion — and growing. The market has continued to expand as new trends in the food industry alter the landscape. Candy sales are driven primarily by chocolate and premium products, which have seen tremendous upticks in sales and are projected to expand further by the end of the decade.

Anyone of Any Background Can Join

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen offers a franchise opportunity for almost anyone to take advantage of. The groundwork for handling the product is already provided as part of the agreement; all that is required on the franchisee’s end is that they bring a dedication to working with people in order to offer guests the best experience. River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen also provides discounts to military veterans seeking to join the franchisee program, in honor of their service and in recognition of the unique skill sets they bring to the franchise.

Build a Business Using an Established Framework

Franchises offer potential entrepreneurs the chance to start their own business from an already recognized and proven model. In the case of River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchisees, they will have access to the recipes and training that have made us so successful in the confectionery market. They will also have access to River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s recognizable brand and extensive marketing campaigns including our online store franchise opportunities that help bring awareness to the stores in the franchise.

It Is a People Business

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is a franchise model built on maintaining relationships. Customer interaction is a very important aspect of any River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen store. Standard practices actively encourage the consumer to observe the candy preparation procedures that go into making their order. The interactive nature of the process allows River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen stores to build a bond with their customers.


Join a Network That Supports its Community

Part of River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s commitment to people entails giving back when able through community outreach. River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen gives to numerous causes, including the Caretta Research Project, Meals on Wheels, and the Bethesda Home for Boys. We also sponsor several events in the Savannah area, in addition to donating our delicious products when able.

The River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen family will offer you access to bountiful opportunities to grow and interact regularly with your neighbors, friends, and family, in addition to a sweet business. If your looking for a candy store for sale or if you’re interested in this candy store franchising opportunity, fill out the form below or contact us to learn more.


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Why You Should Choose a Candy Store Franchise

on December 6, 2017

savannah candy kitchen nashville storefront

The Candy Industry is Booming!

Are you an entrepreneurial-minded individual, and find yourself wanting to open a franchise? Many individuals with capital feel the same way, and are often wondering what kind of franchise would be best for them. While you may have considered a fast food opportunity, or possibly another franchising opportunity, you probably didn’t immediately think of choosing a candy franchise like River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. While many don’t think of candy as being a lucrative business, it has been growing consistently over the years. According to Candy Magazine, candy industry is now worth over $35 billion.

Many don’t think of the amount of money that’s made in the candy industry each year, but the numbers are staggering. Americans have a sweet tooth, and candy and chocolate fuel that. Over the next few years, the industry is expected to continue to grow, with opportunities opening up for business-oriented individuals to capitalize on that growth. Owning a River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen store puts you in the forefront of that industry. Plus, you can take solace in knowing that a venture in the candy industry helps to create, on average, seven or more jobs.

Join a Spectacular Brand That Puts Smiles on People’s Faces

Joining the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen brand means being a part of a trusted and reliable brand that has been making southern delicacies for over 40 years. Joining our brand is a chance to be a part of a community and make an impact. Our community outreach programs have helped to build a community and ensure that small business owners are truly a part of the community in which they have their business.

Excellent Franchise Support Staff

River Street Sweets staff
River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen specializes in providing franchise support and guidance for franchise owners throughout the process. River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen also provides a helping hand for whatever aspects of the business may be burdensome. Our team is committed to helping franchisees succeed, and making sure that they have all the tools, knowledge, and advertising recommendations possible. With the ice cream franchise, nut shop franchise, chocolate franchise and fudge franchise, franchisees have the chance to diversify their offerings, add an additional revenue stream, and bring in more customers.

If you are interested in joining the candy industry, or if you want to learn more about the projected growth of the industry, contact River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen or fill out the form below to find out more about their available franchising opportunities.


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Business News Daily: You Bought a Business…Now What? 5 Post-Acquisition Steps

on November 27, 2017

business daily news logoWe understand that business ownership is hard. That’s why we began offering the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise opportunity. Though there are always some bumps along the way, our franchise structure is designed to help you through the hard times with our support.

On Friday, Jan. 13, our franchisee Glen Willard shared his thoughts on business ownership, specifically what it’s like to be a River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchisee, with Business News Daily. Find out what tips Glen had to share with fellow business owners here!