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The Gourmet Retailer: Sweet Life

on May 19, 2017

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People love candy — we’ve known that for 40 years! And even though in recent years most Americans have adopted healthier lifestyles, there’s always a place for candy.

In the April/May edition of The Gourmet Retailer, reporter Katie Martin took a dive into the state of the candy industry which, by the numbers, has seen steady increases during the last several years. Our co-founder and co-CEO Jennifer Strickland also shared her expert insight on the state of the candy industry and where she sees major growth for the near future. Read what Jennifer had to say about the sweet life of candy making here!

Entrepreneur: 2017 & 2018 Top New Franchises

on May 12, 2017

River Street Sweets Entrepreneur Franchise 100 list
Since starting our franchise program in 2015, we knew that our candy store would attract the attention of people across the country. And we were right! Since launching, we’ve opened four new franchise locations, with two to three more expected to open later this year.

But, that’s not all! We are excited to be named in Entrepreneur’s 2017 and 2018’s,  Top 100 New Franchises, an honor we couldn’t be more proud of. Our goal in starting the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise was to bring delicious and traditional southern sweets to people across the country. With this incredible acknowledgment from Entrepreneur, we’re one step closer to getting there! Check out the listing and our Entrepreneur profile here!

What it Takes to Invest in Our Candy Store Franchise

on May 5, 2017

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Investing in a franchise business isn’t just another purchase. It’s not the same as buying a sandwich, a pair of pants or even a car. When people invest in a franchise business, they’re committing to a new life featuring a lot of hard work and the opportunity for future growth and an enduring enterprise. It’s not a decision to be made lightly.

Among the biggest decisions potential franchise owners face is whether they can afford the opportunity they want. The world of franchise businesses includes opportunities that investors can enter for $25,000 or less, and also multi-million-dollar buy-in concepts. Those considering a River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen sweets shop franchise should know that our median investment presents a great value for investors. Find out more about the growing candy industry.

Considering the costs of opening a candy store franchise

RSS•SCK stores offer an experience and product quality far exceeding those of average candy stores. Our candy store franchises not only offer an incredible variety of sweet delicacies, they also feature candy-making right in the store. What’s more, many of the confections are created at demonstration stations, creating an exciting and visually compelling experience for guests. This dynamic approach makes our stores must-visit shopping destinations for locals and visitors alike.

The total initial investment necessary to begin operation of a RSS•SCK franchise ranges from $399,800 to $814,850, which is partially dependent on the size of the location. See our candy store franchise locations that are available today. The revenue of our existing corporate stores supports the investment amount:

● Stores that range from 866 to 1,000 feet sold an average of $477,274
● Stores that range from 1,200 to 2,000 feet sold an average of $896,375
● Stores that range from 2,688 to 4,100 feet sold an average of $2,796,811

The investment includes the cost of several items, including the $40,000 franchise fee. The investment total also includes the cost of the site build-out for a new RSS•SCK candy store franchise, and the necessary equipment to create delicious pralines and other candies, including cooking kettles and marble slabs. Upfront inventory investment ranges from $30,000 to $60,000.

Veterans Discount

Qualified veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to receive a $10,000 discount on the RSS•SCK franchise fee, making this a great franchise for veterans.

Assistance to buy a candy store for sale

When purchasing a business such as a sweets shop franchise, investors have many financing options available to them. Besides private funding through family, friends and personal loans, aspiring business owners can apply for a loan from the U.S. Small Business Association. The SBA is an independent government agency that works in coordination with banks, credit unions and other private lenders to assist U.S. entrepreneurs who want to start their own business. There are even special programs for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, increasing the appeal of franchises for veterans. SBA loans open up the opportunity for business ownership to those who may not otherwise have any chance of opening their own operation.

In addition to securing financing from third-parties, you may also consider self-funding by rolling over your 401(k), IRA or other retirement into a business investment. Through the Rollovers as Business Startups (ROBS) program, entrepreneurs can use the money in their retirement account to start a business without being taxed or incurring penalties on the early withdrawal. ROBS is another government-backed program that further clears the pathway for anyone looking to open a business, including those who are interested in the RSS•SCK candy store franchise opportunity.

Talk to RSS•SCK to discuss your initial candy store investment

If you’re considering starting a candy store franchise with RSS•SCK, we’d love to discuss the possibilities. While we do not offer direct financing, we can help you understand your options. Call us today at 1-844-842-9037 or complete our franchise information form, and we’ll get in touch with you right away!

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Our Candy Store Franchise Provides Comprehensive Training

on April 20, 2017

Training and Development Concept.As much fun as it is running a candy store — and we do love delighting guests with our delicious confections — it’s a business like any other. Operating a candy store franchise requires inventory and product knowledge, guest service, pricing and sampling, plus all the tasks that go into running the back end of the business like employee management, safety and sanitation, accounting and computer systems.
It’s a lot to learn, but with the excellent and thorough training offered through the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen candy store franchise program, you can learn all this and more. When you open the doors on your first day of business, you can focus on the fun and excitement of serving guests and selling your products.

Keeping your RSS•SCK franchise running smoothly

This section of our franchise training program focuses on the heart of our business — the delicious handmade candies and confections that have made us famous. You’ll be handed the top secret RSS•SCK recipes and learn the production process of the pralines, caramel, chocolates and ice cream you’ll be making right in-store. We’ll also cover product ordering, receiving and storage procedures, and everything else you’ll need to know about retailing products, including merchandise display and pricing.

Investors in our candy store franchise concept will also be taught everything that goes into operations, including daily, weekly and monthly manager duties; opening and closing the store; and time management. These are the crucial day-to-day details that could otherwise leave you guessing, if not for our extensive franchise business training.

Interacting with employees and guests of your candy store franchise

Our candy brings guests through our doors, but it’s our commitment to a friendly environment and superb guest service that encourages them to return again and again. To help you master guest relations, our training includes learning the RSS•SCK Guest Service Philosophy, offering product and service knowledge, and sampling procedures. We even discuss the best way to answer the phone. Our sophisticated training program leaves no stone unturned!

Employees are the other critical human element to maintaining a smoothly functioning candy store franchise with growth potential. The RSS•SCK employee management training teaches you how to recruit and hire ideal hosts and hostesses, how to communicate with and motivate them, how to create efficient schedules, and the laws and regulations affecting their employment. We pride ourselves on our Southern hospitality, and we encourage our candy store franchise owners to have a team of employees who embody those ideals, too.

Business management of your sweet shop franchise

Once all the products and employees are in place, and you understand how to interact with guests, you’ll have to think about managing the candy business operations and your facility. Cleaning and equipment maintenance are crucial for us — we are a part of the food industry, after all. So, those who invest in our candy store franchise training program will learn food safety and sanitation procedures, including product handling and how to avoid cross-contamination. We also cover loss prevention, safety, burglary and robbery, and emergency procedures.

Our financial management and reporting training on the other hand details how to handle all different forms of payment and how to manage catalogue orders. We’ll go over our point-of-sale features and even show you how to make your bank deposits.

Find your way into a RSS•SCK candy store franchise opportunity

Our extensive training program, which comes with our Operations Manual, represents our endless commitment to our candy store franchise owners including franchise support. Our goal is to set you up for the best business experience possible. Get started today on your way to investing in an RSS•SCK franchise.

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7 Reasons Why Owning a Franchise is Better than Starting from Scratch

on March 31, 2017

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While starting a new business from scratch can be rewarding, it’s an expensive venture that requires a tremendous amount of planning and coordination. It’s a scary proposition, but a big part of that comes from feeling like you’re doing everything on your own.

Before deciding to start your own candy shop franchise, ice cream franchise, nut shop franchise or fudge shop franchise, consider these seven benefits of franchise ownership:

1.   Franchising allows investors to still enjoy the benefits of business ownership without shouldering all the responsibility and risk alone.

Finding an existing candy store for sale or buying into an established candy shop franchise is a logical step for any aspiring business owner.

2.   A candy shop franchise that offers an established business plan

With a franchise, new owners get a functional business model with a tested track record. Being connected to a larger company means there are established procedures and supplier relationships that provide the support to for immediate success. River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen candy shop franchisees will invest in a strong concept led by people with decades of experience. We have 15 stores and a massive online ordering operation that have found success, and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned.

3.   Constant support network to make you feel confident

Franchisor to franchisee support is instrumental in advancing a new business. When starting a new candy or nut shop franchise, you have the guidance of industry professionals from RSS•SCK who understand what it takes to solve problems, big or small, as well as promote steady growth.

4.   A candy shop franchise provides limited start-up costs

Stocking raw materials and purchasing equipment is a large investment before you even open your doors. Developing a menu also requires product development and testing, market research, equipment evaluation, in addition to finding suppliers and negotiating deals. Franchise operators provide invaluable guidance in what and where to buy, often at discounted rates.

5.   Franchises offer an alliance with a well known brand

Brand awareness is a key first step in getting customers into your building. If you buy a candy or fudge shop franchise with existing name recognition, customers are more likely to try your product. RSS•SCK is known throughout the South and the world of Southern candy lovers for its excellent handmade products and warm, welcoming stores. Franchise owners open with this stellar reputation intact.

6.   Better training with a candy shop franchise

Managing a business and staff is made simpler with a franchise system. When you open a candy store on your own, you learn by trial and error, making mistakes as you go. However, franchises provide extensive training in all aspects of your new business from the moment you start. With the RSS•SCK candy shop franchise, you’re trained extensively in the creation of our one-of-a-kind handmade confections.

7.   So many reasons to choose the RSS•SCK candy shop franchise

As the operators of candy shops since the 1970s, the team at River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen understands that excitement and anxiety go hand-in-hand with opening a candy store. Our candy shop franchise can smooth the road for you toward a sweet future. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more about this great candy business franchise opportunity. Learn more by downloading our free industry report, A Case for Candy, or by calling us at (844) 842-9037.

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Why Our Candy Store Franchise is Perfect for Restaurateurs

on March 8, 2017

When considering a River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen candy store franchise, it’s easy to be attracted to the delicious and decadent treats we sell by the millions. What really sweetens the deal for restaurateurs is our brand recognition, time-tested concept and multiple revenue streams. We offer a sweet shop franchise opportunity like no other by combining excellent confections with a smart business model, giving franchisees the power to create a local foothold by selling Southern sweets.

Offer gourmet confections through our sweet shop franchise

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At River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, we’re more than a candy store franchise. Our incredible shops feature a variety of products, from handmade confections to classic hard candies, ice cream and other sweet delights that attract customers of all kinds. We take pride in crafting handmade candies in the tradition of the confectioners who came before us. Our ingredients are high quality, our family recipes and methods perfected.

Our candy store franchise combines the best of a fudge shop franchise, a ice cram shop franchise, a nut shop franchise and a sweet shop franchise all in one. The unique concept provides restaurateurs the flexibility to offer sweets of all kinds, including:

  • Our Signature World Famous Pralines
  • Gourmet ice creams
  • Old- fashioned brittles
  • Hand Dipped Chocolates
  • Fudge
  • Hard candies
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Caramel popcorn
  • Caramel and chocolate apples
  • And so much more!

Our candy store franchise provides an excellent business model

We don’t just love candy; we love building our lives and businesses around the sweet delights we’ve been making for generations. We and our existing franchisees also love the return on investment we experience month after month from our sales.

Restaurateurs understand the importance of balancing high-quality food products with a unique customer experience, and how each of these elements is needed to find success in the competitive food industry. Those who invest in our sweet shop franchise opportunity will enjoy multiple lines of revenue coming from a variety of product types and distribution methods — in-store, online and via mail order. Not many fudge shop franchises or nut shop franchises offer those avenues for profit to their franchisees.

Additionally, our candy store franchise offers a flexible model for growth. Opening an RSS • SCK sweet shop franchise in Florida or Texas? Maybe you’ll find the most traffic to your ice cream counter in Florida. Do you have your sights set on a sweet shop franchise in Texas? Maybe you’ll find a nut shop franchise is your niche as you sell glazed pecans by the pound. Whatever works for you and your target area, our candy store franchise gives you room to choose.

Strength of the candy industry supports the candy store franchise concept

While the restaurant industry remains a bit shaky these days, the candy and chocolate industry has seen steady growth over the past several years and is expected to be nearly $40 billion by 2020. According to Candy Industry Magazine, premium products are leading that charge, and the RSS•SCK candy store franchise is an opportunity for restaurateurs to take advantage of this trend. Contact us to start putting your restaurant business experience to good use in this expanding industry. You can also call us at (844) 842-9037 or check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Get Serious Support With Our Sweet Shop Franchise Offering

on February 2, 2017

At its heart, River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is a family company. We have a long history of working together to make our businesses the best they can be, and we have the same attitude about our franchisees. Investors who buy our candy store for sale find that we approach every store as one of our own.

We offer our franchisees the best support during the setup of their store, when creating their candy store business plan, and for the life of the franchise. It’s part of what makes our sweet shop franchise offering so enticing.

Deciding on a site for your sweet shop franchise

Our stores fit perfectly in a number of venues, so you might have trouble choosing one! We can help you consider several factors, including foot traffic, tourist density, the presence of hotels and restaurants, visibility, complementary tenant mix in the shopping center, rent, adequate square footage and proper exposure. Once you’ve decided on a site for your candy store franchise, we’ll offer you a set of prototype plans and specifications for the exterior and interior design and layout of your store, including the counters and display cases that will hold the incredible confections you’ll sell at your very own candy store franchise.

Apples display at River Street Sweets
Some franchisees take advantage of our Turn-Key Construction Service, which is a complete package of tasks that we undertake on your behalf, including:

  • Development of designs and cost estimates
  • Drafting of construction documents and plans
  • Filing of permit applications
  • Construction of the interior and façade of the store
  • Technical installations in the store
  • Furniture and cash register delivery and fit-out
  • Initial cleaning prior to opening


Our candy store for sale provides comprehensive training

From basic business operations to cooking up candies, our in-depth franchise training covers every aspect of our policies and procedures. You’ll feel confident that you have all the knowledge and tools you need to have an exciting grand opening and to poise you for business growth. You, your manager, and other key employees will join us to learn all about our brand, including:

  • Hands-on training on special candy making techniques
  • “The art of sampling”
  • Best practices for merchandising

Nothing can replace in-person assistance, so we’ll be on-site for a minimum of 10 days adjacent to your store’s grand opening. We’ll also conduct regular in-store visits, so you have a chance to ask questions and get guidance in the most efficient and hands-on way possible.

Moving forward with your candy store business plan

As your business develops, our seasoned team will continue to offer support to your sweets shop franchise. You’ll always be able to count on us to answer questions and work through problems. To help you get through the day-to-day, we’ll provide you with our confidential franchise operations manual and our straightforward, all-inclusive POS system. Great advertising and marketing is crucial to business growth, and we’ll help you get the word out about your candy store franchise by providing materials for consistent local advertising, promotions, special displays, seasonal offerings, mail order catalogues and more!

Start planning for your own candy store franchise

Learn more about the excellent support benefits that come along with our candy store for sale. Contact us at (844) 842-9037 or

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Industry Study Supports Viability of Sweets Franchise Opportunity

on January 28, 2017

With the release of a new study, the food industry research group FONA confirms a delicious fact: Americans love to snack. Although it’s true that more Americans these days are embracing a healthier diet and way of life, the nationwide study shows they still love to indulge in their favorite treats. While 33% of those surveyed said they are snacking on healthier foods this year than last year, 62% admit to snacking to satisfy a craving.

Of those surveyed, 50% said they crave classic indulgences, just like the delicious confections cooked up by those who invest in the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen sweets franchise opportunity. This survey proves now more than ever that this ice cream franchise and candy store for sale is an exciting opportunity worth serious consideration.

An ice cream franchise that’s really heating up

customers eating ice cream at River Street Sweets

Ice cream was one of the top indulgences craved by people in FONA’s survey, and it’s no surprise. According to, the average American eats 48 pints of ice cream per year. The ice cream franchise opportunity offered by RSS•SCK lets you get a scoop of this popularity, as you serve up delicious dishes in an old-fashioned sweet shop environment. We’re seeking investors to open sweets shop franchises in Florida and sweets shop franchises in Texas, both great ice cream states! With their warm climates and many vacation destinations, an ice cream franchise fits right in within either state’s atmosphere.

The right products for a sweets franchise opportunity in Texas

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RSS•SCK is known nationwide for its incredible selection of Southern sweets, including candies, cakes, chocolate and fudge. What did the people surveyed by FONA identify as their favorite indulgences? The top four cited were chocolate, ice cream, cake and candy! What better way to tap into the secret cravings of Texans than to take advantage of RSS•SCK’s candy store for sale? You’ll serve up our famous pralines, caramels, fudge, candied nuts, brittles, popcorn and chocolates, among many other mouth-watering selections. It’s all those classic indulgences that make people happy, and your RSS•SCK sweets franchise will make your Texas customers smile.

The right concept for a sweets franchise opportunity in Florida

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In the FONA study, 29% of respondents said they seek out indulgence as an experience. That means they’re looking for more than instant gratification — they want to spend time enjoying and learning, embracing the fun of the moment. With the RSS•SCK sweets franchise opportunity, you can offer that experience with an interactive candy demonstration in which customers can watch candy being made right in front of their eyes. An experience-enhanced retail store is a perfect fit for a vacation destination, making RSS•SCK the ideal sweets franchise opportunity in Florida. And we’ll offer you complete training to learn how to create all of our tasty confections!

Learn more about the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen ice cream franchise and sweets franchise opportunity
We can’t wait to talk to you about everything RSS•SCK’s candy store for sale has to offer you! Contact us today to learn more. Call (844) 842-9037 or email us at

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Bring Southern Hospitality to your Neck of the Woods

on January 22, 2017

Sweet and inviting — you can describe our tasty sweets the same way you describe the South. The people of the southern states are well known for their hospitality, welcoming visitors with a hearty laugh and delicious food. The only problem is, not everyone has the opportunity to travel down south to experience it for themselves. Luckily, River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen sweets shop franchise owners can bring a little southern hospitality to every state and city, no matter what corner of the country they call home. Here are three reasons why River Street Sweets’ sweet Savannah taste isn’t just for Georgia anymore.

At Our Sweet Shop Franchise, Guests Come First

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Since our opening in 1977, we have stood by our southern manner of ensuring that each of our customers, old and new, feel welcome and right at home upon entering our shops. This means that whether you buy a candy store for sale among the bustling streets of New York City, the Rockies of Colorado or the waves of the West Coast, you have the chance to treat the people who enter your store like guests in your home, not only customers in your store. The special, personalized experience you offer will leave a positive, lasting impression on your guests, building brand loyalty and giving you the satisfaction of knowing your delicious southern delicacies and sweet southern attitude put a smile on their faces.

Our Sweets Shop Franchise Treats are Timeless

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No matter where you’re from, it seems like everyone can agree that life is sweeter when we indulge in dessert from time to time, and the American South boasts some of the best sweet treats in the whole world. You’ll share the tastes of Georgia with candy-lovers around the U.S. and around the globe when you open an RSS•SCK sweets shop franchise. From our peanut brittle to our hand-dipped chocolates and pralines, nobody does Southern candies quite like we do. But remember, happiness is meant to be shared! Spread sweets and smiles by bringing a RSS•SCK to the place you call home.

Our Sweets Shop Franchises Bring People Together

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In the South, guests are treated like family and conversation is unhurried. Investors who open their own candy store for sale with RSS•SCK will find that our company not only values providing quality southern style sweets, but also the memories they help create for our customers. Guests of your store will enjoy watching in-person candy making demonstrations, creating a community experience and keeping them in the store longer. When they take candy and cake home, their friends and family will gather around to enjoy the delicacies, learning all about your candy store franchise and asking how they can buy their own treats.


Bring a Slice of Savannah to Your Town With Our Sweets Shop Franchise

If you’re ready to offer the sweet tastes of the South to candy-lovers near you, learn more about our candy franchise opportunities and find out how you can open your very own River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise location today!

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