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Family Business Magazine: Road to Sweet Success Paved by Reconciliation

on July 20, 2017

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By Margaret Steen

The Strickland family split their candy business after a divorce in 1991. Thirteen years later, family members who hadn’t spoken to each other reconnected. Now both sides of the family jointly own a growing franchise business.

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen has been part of Rhett Strickland’s life for as long as he can remember. “Every day when I came home from school, we’d come down to the candy store” where his parents, Stan and Tonya Strickland were working, says Rhett, now 22 and the production manager for the family business in Savannah, Ga. “I had to literally sleep under the table while they packed packages at Christmastime.”

But during his teenage years, the business took a new direction.

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen had an unusual relationship with one of its competitors, River Street Sweets. The business that eventually became River Street Sweets was founded in 1973—by Stan and his first wife, Pam Strickland. When they divorced in 1991, they split the business. Pam kept the River Street Sweets name.

For years, the two sides of the family didn’t communicate. Stan and Pam’s children, Jennifer and Tim, eventually bought River Street Sweets from their mother, and they worked together to run it. Both businesses grew and were successful on their own.

In 2004, the family’s story took an unexpected turn: a reconciliation, which eventually led to both sides of the family joining forces and cooperating rather than competing, to the surprise of customers and employees. In 2013, the family formed a jointly owned franchise business, called River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, which it is looking to expand.

“We all believe that what we can do together is much bigger and better than what we’ve done individually,” says Jennifer Strickland, 51.

Gift shop origins

Stan and Pam Strickland started out in business in 1973 in Savannah, trying to make a success of a shop that sold Christmas merchandise year-round. “Everything went wrong,” Stan, 73, says of the first shop. “We were buying what we liked, but there was nobody to sell it to.”

In 1978, they made a trip to the Atlanta Gift Market trade show, looking for merchandise that would have wider appeal. Tim, then 11, found a fudge-making machine and begged his parents to buy it. They did, and the family brought it back to Savannah. Stan bought a 7,800-pound slab of marble from a gravestone company—a cool, flat, smooth surface that would help cool the candy quickly and evenly—and they made chocolate mint fudge for St. Patrick’s Day. It was a hit with customers.

“We started thinking, ‘Maybe we ought to get into the candy business,’ ” Stan says. His mother had worked in a candy factory, he says, so “I had a little of it in my blood.”

They next started working on pralines, experimenting with different recipes until “we hit on a smell and a taste that was like nothing we had ever had,” Stan says. This started a transition in the business: They increased the number of candy items sold while stocking fewer non-candy items. Ultimately, they renamed the business River Street Sweets.

Today, Stan says, “If it’s sweet, we make it”: chocolates, taffy, divinity, fudge and the company’s flagship product, pralines.

When Stan and Pam divorced in 1991, the business had four stores; each ex-spouse took two of them. Since Pam had the River Street Sweets name, Stan used a different name, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, for his locations.

Jennifer, who with her brother Tim had grown up working in the business, had recently graduated from college and was managing one of the stores. Tim was a senior in college at the time. He soon joined Jennifer and their mother in working at her stores.

“We had grown up working together in the business,” Jennifer says. “I learned my times tables and did my homework in the back room. I had summer jobs there. I remember making pralines and pulling all-nighters with my mom and dad to package candy. When we became estranged, it was really tough.”

“We completely separated and really became competitors,” Stan says. Neither of the stores he received in the divorce settlement was located in Savannah, so he soon found a store in the city that he could open.

“For 16 or 17 years—way too long—we were making exactly the same thing, using exactly the same recipes,” Stan says. “There was enough business for everybody to make a living, but the family was not together.”

Bridging the divide

A turning point for the family—and eventually for the two businesses—came in 2004, when Jennifer adopted a son.

“I had missed my dad a ton,” Jennifer says. “I remember thinking when my son was a baby that I needed to be able to tell him about all of my family, and that was a real hole in my life.”

She called her father. The reconciliation “didn’t happen overnight, but it started overnight,” she says. By 2007, they were reconciling as businesses as well as on a personal level. At this point, Pam was part of the business but not involved in daily operations.

“We started communicating as people first,” Jennifer says. “Because business is part of our DNA, we began to ask each other questions and help each other out.” They discussed vendors and pricing. They shared supplies. Jennifer and Tim started buying log rolls from their father instead of from an outside vendor. Gradually the cooperation became more formal—until finally they decided to start a third business together.

Today, the family is involved in three businesses, all with their headquarters in Savannah:

• Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is owned by Stan Strickland and has seven locations, including two in Savannah, and 188 employees.

• River Street Sweets is owned by Jennifer Strickland and Tim Strickland. It has 168 employees and stores in eight locations, including two in Savannah.

• The new entity is called River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. Its owners are Stan Strickland, Jennifer Strickland and Tim Strickland. The company has opened one franchise in Pooler, Ga., and is opening two more in 2017: one in Key West, Fla., and one in Lancaster, Pa. The franchise uses a combined logo created for the family brand.

The businesses share the Savannah’s Candy Kitchen production facility and work together on the three companies’ mail-order businesses. Combined annual revenues are $35 million.

“It felt like we had been doing it forever once we started,” Rhett says. The divorce, it turned out, had not changed the values or the goals of the two companies. “I think that even though they weren’t in communication, everybody had the same idea,” Rhett says. “They wanted to put Savannah on the map, and they wanted to put pralines on the map.” When they got back together, there was more volume, but the work and the goals were the same.

The new normal

The story of the split and the reuniting of the two businesses drew a lot of attention.

“They’re huge stores” in Savannah, Jennifer says. “People knew we were competitors. From a vendor standpoint, from a banker standpoint and from a personal friends and customer standpoint, we had an overwhelmingly great response. Divorce is not an unusual thing for people to go through. We’ve had people reach out and say, ‘What a happy story.’ I say happy endings are always a work in progress.”

“Everybody in Savannah knew the story,” Stan says. “So when the competition was over, so to speak, and they saw the family get back together, it made everybody happy.”

After years of competition, employees of the two stores had mixed feelings, the family acknowledges. “There was a lot of hope, anxiety and hard work,” Jennifer says. “We believed that things would be better for everybody together than apart, and we would not have been able to do what we have without their support and hard work. We have made huge strides.”

And even though the family was more complicated than before the divorce, with Stan’s marriage to Tonya and the addition of their son Rhett, the family reaction was positive as well.

“I think it was a very natural progression,” says Tonya Strickland, 54, general manager of Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. She says she was grateful—and not surprised—that the reconciliation happened. “It probably should have been like that all along.”

Pam, Tim and Jennifer’s mother, was semi-retired when the family members reconciled. “She had a little trepidation, like any mother would,” says Tim, 50, co-owner of River Street Sweets and co-founder of River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. But he and Jennifer say she is now grateful for the re-established relationships. (Pam was not available for an interview for this article.)

“Everybody has made an adjustment,” Stan says. “We’ve all given and taken. The end result is that everybody is pretty satisfied.”

The family decided to take the best practices from both businesses to create a model for franchises. Although the two companies use the same CPA and legal services, the family has opted not to work formally with a family business adviser.

And despite the complicated family history, the family members have not taken formal steps to separate family and business matters.

“We all care about each other and have a good time together away from work,” Jennifer says. “But because we grew up this way and it was part of the family, part of who we were and who we are—we can’t separate that.”

The family is using lessons learned from the growth of both businesses.

“Growing the business was probably the biggest challenge. When you start out, everything is small,” Tonya Strickland says. “You can handle everything on your own—you can run the cash register, make the candy and make everything look pretty.”

It can be challenging to ensure the consistency of the candy and packaging as more people become involved. All the family members have learned over the years of growth that they can’t always be as hands-on as they used to. “You can’t do everything that your heart loves doing,” Tonya says.

Franchises as the future

The family plans to use the joint company not only for expanding its franchise business but also for opening new stores that the family members run. A realistic goal is to open 25 to 30 new stores in the next five years, Tim says: “After five years, we will make some decisions about growing faster or slowing down growth.”

“We see the future being bigger than where we are today,” Jennifer says. “We’re planning on opening more stores together this year than either of us could have opened individually.”

Jennifer and Tim are looking at the next generation’s role in the business as well. Tim has a daughter in college who is planning to work for the business. Jennifer’s two sons are younger, but “the store is a part of their lives, just as it is ours,” she says.

Still undecided is exactly how ownership of the three businesses will eventually change. And for now, at least, there are no plans to combine all the stores under one brand. “The two brands are so strong, it just wouldn’t make sense to come under one name,” Stan says. “What we’re really excited about is taking our strong regional brand and basically making it national,” Jennifer says. They plan for growth to come through the mail order business as well as through franchising.

“We have evolved from one product to now hundreds of products that we make,” Jennifer says. “Every year we try to make new products; every year we try to be better. We’re going to keep evolving.”

Margaret Steen is a freelance writer based in Los Altos, Calif.

A Chocolate, Ice Cream and Sweet Shop Franchise — All in One!

on July 12, 2017

Did you know that River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen sells more pralines than anyone else in the United States? The praline’s sweet and nutty flavor is one that defines Southern tastes, and for decades RSS•SCK has been a Georgia destination for the best pralines the state has to offer. It’s also one of the biggest draws for those attracted to our sweet and chocolate shop franchise opportunity.

Praline Gift Box

In fact, our pralines are so popular that we thought they were the best vehicle for us to give back to our community. RSS•SCK announced that on June 24, 2017 — aka National Praline Day — we would donate 10% of all praline sales to America’s Second Harvest Food Bank, which provides healthy meals to children who need food assistance during the summer months.

It’s just one example of the kind of family-owned, neighborhood-focused company that RSS•SCK is. We and the owners of our candy store franchises love candy, but we really enjoy sharing pralines as a way to show our love for the community.

RSS•SCK doesn’t just sell pralines! Our candy stores cook up and sell a huge variety of sweets and treats, allowing sweet shop franchise owners to capitalize on many different product lines. It’s like having a chocolate store franchise, ice cream franchise and sweet shop franchise — all in one great store!

The best parts of a chocolate franchise opportunity with RSS•SCK

Milk Chocolate Loggerheads Candy

Pralines might be the Southern star of our operation, but chocolate won’t take a backseat to any other treat! The rich and creamy milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate delights we sell are sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of even the most discriminating chocolate lovers. Our chocolate store franchise opportunity allows investors to sell fudge, sea salt chocolate caramels, chocolate covered glazed pecans, chocolate covered peanuts and chocolate covered toffee.

Standing out among our chocolate franchise options are our signature Loggerheads, a delicious confection made from pecans and caramel, all held together by milk, dark or white chocolate.

Chocolate store franchise owners with RSS•SCK create decadent gourmet chocolate apples right in-house, giving customers the freshest taste. This practice also provides the sweet shop franchise owner a higher profit margin on chocolate apples than they would have bringing these treats in already prepared.

We sweeten the deal with the benefits of an ice cream franchise

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Along with all the chocolate delights and classic candies our candy store franchise owners sell, RSS•SCK also gives them the option of selling homemade ice cream and gelato at their location. This option to offer aspects of an ice cream franchise widens out the scope of the RSS•SCK opportunity even more. Sweet shop franchise owners use our recipes to make artisanal ice cream and gelato right in the store. Like our chocolate apples, making ice cream in-house presents an opportunity for a higher margin of revenue — music to the ears of someone considering an ice cream franchise!


RSS•SCK is the complete candy store franchise opportunity

Don’t settle for less by investing in a chocolate store franchise or ice cream franchise alone. Follow the Strickland family into a business that combines the best aspects of the industry for a comprehensive sweet shop franchise. Send us a message or call us today at (844) 842-9037 to learn how a chocolate franchise and more could be in your future!

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen Expands to Florida

on June 1, 2017

Valued franchisee Glen Willard set to open second location in Key West

Key West, Florida — Savannah, Georgia’s most famous candy store is headed to Key West as one of its owner-operators expands to a second location.

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Southernmost point in continental USA on sunrise in Key West, Florida. Famous point for tourists

Glen Willard, franchise owner of River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen in Pooler, Georgia, is taking his commitment to the family-owned franchise to the next level by opening a second location, this time on famous Duval Street in Key West.

“Growing up in Savannah, I’ve enjoyed visits to River Street Sweets and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen for many years, so getting to be a part of this historic company is like a dream come true,” Willard said. “The opportunities and locations are endless and it’s a business that I can pass on to my family. It made sense to expand my commitment to this franchise because of how wonderful it’s been to me and my family.”

Willard opened his first River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen in 2015, after several runs as an independent small business owner. He credits the strong, family business model, support from the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen corporation, and the overall nature of the candy industry to his business’ continued growth.

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is a marriage of two well-known and highly respected gourmet candy brands based in the Southeastern U.S, River Street Sweets and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. After operating independent brands for more than two decades, the Strickland family, the proprietors of both candy stores, reunited to offer the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise opportunity.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Glen sign on for another River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen location, and in less than a year since opening his first location,” Jennifer Strickland, co-owner and vice president of River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen said. “He and his family have been instrumental in the growth of our franchise and he’s the perfect example of what we are searching for in our franchisees.”

As River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen continues its aggressive growth program, franchise expansion plans call for further growth in Georgia and across the Southeast in targeted tourist locations—sweeping into South Carolina in markets such as Hilton Head and Columbia—and blanketing popular markets across North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Alabama. The River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise program is also ripe for expansion in markets across the United States.

For more information about the River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise operation visit, call (844) 842-9037 or email

About River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen
River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is a franchise concept united by two well-known and highly respected gourmet candy businesses based in the Southeast. Operating since 1973, River Street Sweets and Savannah’s Candy Kitchens offer a variety of handmade Southern candies crafted right in front of customers. With more than a dozen locations across Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee and a strong mail and web-ordering program, River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is now expanding through the franchise program across the Southeast.

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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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