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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.

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

on December 7, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Explore Georgia: Life is Sweet on Savannah’s River Front

on November 14, 2017

Explore Georgia logoRiver Street is home to the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen family. We’ve seen it all in our 40 years along the Savannah River – the ups, the downs and all of the in betweens.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, our co-owner and co-CEO Jennifer Strickland shared an inside look of life on River Street with Explore Georgia, the premier tourism publication for The Peach State. Enjoy Jennifer’s first-hand account of the 1976 transformation of River Street here!

Lancaster Online: River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen opens in Tanger Outlets

on October 21, 2017

Lancaster Online logoWe’ve known for years that people across the country love our delectable Southern sweets, and we’ve worked hard to be sure they get a taste of the south every time they visit our stores. Now, the people of Central Pennsylvania no longer have to travel to Georgia to enjoy one of our World Famous Pralines®.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, Lancaster Online helped us announce the grand opening of our brand new River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! Read more about Lancaster’s grand opening and the Hoffman family, our new franchisees, here!

Central Penn Business Journal: Southern candy shop joins new stores at Tanger Outlets

on October 20, 2017

We’re happy to announce that River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is now in Pennsylvania! Brian, Vikki, Jason and Heather Hoffman join the candy family as our newest franchisees, as they bring the taste of the South to their community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, Central Penn Business Journal helped us announce the grand opening of River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen of Lancaster, located at 311 Stanley K Tanger Drive, suite 1250. Read more about the sweets treats in Lancaster here!

How Our Franchise Fits into the Future of the Candy Industry

on October 5, 2017

With a sweet outlook for the United States candy market, now is the perfect time to get into the candy industry by becoming a River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen candy store franchise business owner.

Within the expanding candy industry

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RSS•SCK is a player in the ever-growing candy industry, which saw $33.6 billion in sales in 2014 and is predicted to grow to at least $39.6 billion by 2022. Premium chocolate represents one of the fastest-growing sectors within the candy industry, and our chocolate franchise allow investors to handcraft and retail incredible chocolate confections. By investing in a chocolate candy franchise with RSS•SCK, you can be a part of that growth and solidify a place for your family’s future.

The interactive experience at our candy store franchises

At River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, we teach each and every franchisee to create sweet and delicious southern candies by hand. The design of the franchise has an old-fashioned flair that attracts customers because it is unlike any other candy shop they’ve seen before. With the future of the candy industry changing as technology changes, it can be advantageous to offer handmade candy and an interactive experience for your customers. Customers love feeling like they are a part of the process and watching the candy being made before their eyes, since this is a rare experience in candy shops today. That’s why River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s chocolate candy franchise and ice cream store stands out from the rest. Customers can interact with the candymakers and the candy making process in a way that wraps them right into our decadent legacy.

A return to family run businesses in the sweet shop franchise industry

As Americans return to their roots and adopt a “shop local” attitude, family-owned small candy stores stand to benefit. RSS•SCK has been a family-run business since the start, and those values come out in the way we operate our stores, work with candy store franchise owners and relate to our customers. Every person who visits one of our chocolate franchise stores, whether large or small, gets the same special, cheerful attention. We’re proud to continue our family tradition by bringing others into the fold.
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Glen Willard, who recently opened his second River Street Sweets franchise location in Key West, Florida, is proud to have his whole family involved with his business. “One of the greatest benefits is that my wife and two daughters are involved in the business. The opportunities and locations are endless, and it’s a business that I can pass on to my family” Willard says.

We have many candy franchise locations across the U.S including Texas and Florida that appeal to vacation crowds.

Contact us about a candy franchise

Now is the perfect time to join River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen by owning your own candy store franchise. Fill out the form below or call us at (844) 842-9037 to learn more about our candy franchise opportunity today!


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Training and Support for Your New Candy Store Franchise

on October 5, 2017

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We’re known for many things here at River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen — our World Famous Pralines®, our magical in-store experience and our distinctive Southern charm. But, the part of our reputation we’re most proud of has got to be the excellence and longevity of our staff members.

Though guests enjoy a seamless experience at an RSS•SCK candy franchise location, everything from candy creation to guest greetings is planned and highly orchestrated. Investors who purchase our candy store for sale benefit from an extensive and enjoyable training program, delivered by experts in candy-making and candy franchise operation.

Online and hands-on training for your candy store franchise

RSS•SCK franchise training is led by Rebecca Anderson, who begins training with an initial series of online sessions that reviews the history of the company, the basics of RSS•SCK’s candy creation and store operations. It also covers fundamentals of running a candy store franchise, including job training in all areas.

After each online training portion, franchisees take a quiz to test what they’ve learned. Anderson explains that it’s important for a candy store franchise owner to understand every aspect of the business.
candy cook making pralines at River Street Sweets
In addition to online training, candy franchise owners, their managers and select employees also visit our headquarters or one of our stores for training in candy-making. Training is lead by an expert in the particular confection at hand, whether it be pralines, fudge or chocolates. In addition to the recipe and actual cooking or creation of the candy, chocolate store franchise owners learn about safety and maintenance concerns related to the equipment they’ll use at their location. This portion of training lasts for about three weeks, but Anderson says RSS•SCK can accommodate extended training or additional training for managers and assistant managers.

The one thing Anderson won’t reveal is how much candy a franchise owner will eat during their candy-making training.

We don’t disclose how many pounds you gain during training,” she says.

Using dedicated URL access, franchisees complete their training on-site using a store device. The system automatically generates a weekly report for chocolate franchise owners to track who has completed training portions and who may be falling behind.

Many of RSS•SCK’s franchisees have significant longevity with the company, and Anderson says it’s largely due to the company’s excellent training program. It’s designed to teach staff members the skills they need, while also drawing out their best qualities.

We like to bring out the unique qualities of our hosts and hostesses because it makes the experience really genuine,” Anderson says. “We want them to be comfortable and be happy coming to work every day. If you invest the time in your hosts and hostesses, you will have a happier host or hostess who will stay.”

Need more information? Check out our candy franchise frequently asked questions.

You really can really open a candy store that delights your guests and benefits your hosts and hostesses. River Streets Sweets will show you how! Fill out the form below for more information about our candy store franchise or call (844) 842-9037.

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