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Sweets Shop Franchise Offers Three Revenue Streams

on January 1, 2017

If you’re looking for a sweets shop franchise and you’re trying to decide what option is right for you, consider an opportunity that allows you to open your own candy store while you also make additional revenue through other channels. When you own your own River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise, you can experience the excitement and personal experience of selling homemade candy, ice cream and fudge to happy customers in your brick-and-mortar store, while you also retail your specialties online and to catalog shoppers. With these three revenue streams, you can bring quality southern candies to dessert lovers across the country.

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Sweets shop franchise store locations

All of our stores are designed to incorporate our guests into the candy-making experience, which is what makes us stand out amongst other candy stores and keeps our loyal customers coming back time and time again. Our candy store for sale lets guests enjoy watching firsthand what goes into making our homemade treats, providing a unique and intimate customer experience. After seeing our hand-dipped pralines and smelling our fresh caramel popcorn, customers can’t pass up the opportunity to bring home their favorites and share them with friends, family and neighbors. See our River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise store locations.

Sweets shop franchise online store

Of course we would love if everyone had the opportunity to visit one of our many southern locations, but we know that’s just not possible. Those who do visit our stores sometimes have cravings that just can’t wait, or they’re looking for a great gift. Fortunately, our website provides a online candy store that never closes! No matter where our customers are located or when they want to shop, our online store allows for convenient national and global access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a sweets shop franchisee, this means never having to worry about missing out on potential customers. The website is attractive, professional and easy to navigate, and as a sweets shop franchisee with RSS•SCK, you’ll benefit from our online orders, which will ship from our candy making headquarters.

Sweets shop franchise mail-order catalog

There’s something comforting about holding a catalog in your hand and being able to browse the pages at your own leisure, circling items you are interested and dog-earing pages to return to at a later time. Some may call it old-school, but some of our customers like the experience of ordering from a classic paper catalog. Catalog sales also helps foster RSS•SCK corporate gift program, in integral part of our mail-order business. RSS•SCK sweets shop franchisees can earn revenue from catalog orders that include their store code. Plus, catalog shoppers are more likely to venture into our online shop, giving you the chance to drive even more revenue.

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen Candy Store for Sale

If you’re interested in a sweets shop franchise that gives you more ways to earn, it’s time to learn more about the River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen candy franchise opportunity. You could be making sweet treats for happy customers soon!

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Southern Living

on December 15, 2016

We’ve never doubted our passionate and devoted customers here in the heart of Savannah, but as we expand River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, it’s becoming more and more apparent that our delectable treats are loved by people across the country.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Southern Living, one of the largest lifestyle magazines in the country, highlighted the growing popularity of our Southern candies and shared our famous recipes, just in time for the Christmas holiday. To read about our World Famous Pralines and southern Divinity, visit Southern Living.

Candy Stores for Sale in Texas and Florida Appeal to Vacation Crowd

on December 15, 2016

According to the U.S. Travel Association, travelers spent billions of dollars in the United States in 2015. Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged:

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Grand opening of River Streets Sweets candy store with franchisee’s family.
  • $2.6 billion a day,
  • $108.1 million an hour,
  • $1.8 million a minute, and
  • $30,033 a second.

Isn’t it about time you got a piece of this pie? River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen (RSS•SCK) is now offering the opportunity to become a part of the thriving domestic travel market with candy stores for sale via our U.S. franchise opportunity. Our stores are perfect for vacation destinations, with their fun, interactive environment and nostalgic charm.

And good news! We’re looking for excited, candy-loving people to open one of our fudge shop franchise stores in Texas and Florida. If you’re curious about how you can create a destination for fun and delicious candy, while also being part of business backed by a 40-year-old brand, learn more about what your RSS•SCK sweets franchise might look like.

Why open a candy store franchise in  Florida?

Long a vacation hub for people around the world, Florida continues to host millions of visitors every year. More than 106 million people visited the Sunshine State in 2015. Many of these visitors went to enjoy the theme parks, shopping, the sandy beaches and beautifully warm weather.

Vacationers want to treat themselves, and with your own candy store franchise, you can take advantage of this marketplace of people who are looking for a fun experience and a tasty treat — and who are ready to spend a little disposable income.

At RSS•SCK candy store franchises, customers can buy our handmade Southern sweets, including World Famous Pralines®, saltwater taffy, hand stretched peanut brittle and pecan pies. But, they’ll linger to watch live candy making, performed right in the store by you or your on-site candy-maker. This live, almost interactive experience offers an exciting draw, setting you apart from other sweets franchises in Florida. We’ll teach you how to create delicious confections that will keep the cash register in your sweets franchise ringing.

Tourism hubs such as Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Naples and even Daytona Beach would make wonderful destinations for our candy store franchise.


Why buy a candy store franchise in Texas?

When it comes to tourism, the Lone Star State is anything but lonely. According to, 220 million people visited Texas in 2012, representing the third-largest share of U.S. visitation that year.

With thriving urban hubs including Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Austin, and historic, romantic venues like San Antonio, Texas offers so many venues for a RSS•SCK candy store franchise.

Our fun and colorful stores will catch the eyes of passersby, and draw them in with the delicious candy set out in the window. Once inside, they’ll enjoy a classic candy shop atmosphere that invites them to stay and buy a few tasty treats. They can also take a break from the Gulf Coast heat by grabbing an ice cream cone from the old-fashioned ice cream parlor in your Texas candy store franchise.

Choose  a   River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen candy store franchise

If you want to start a business that offers both delicious sweet delicacies while taking advantage of the vibrant and fun tourism market, the RSS•SCK is a sweet choice. Here are our current candy store locations and also our candy store franchise locations we are looking to expand in. Have more question about opening a candy store? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Learn more about the steps for franchising and cook up your sweets franchise today!

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Fudge Shop Franchise Connects With Community

on December 1, 2016

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Since we opened our doors more than 40 years ago, River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen has been proud member of the community, and has shown its devotion to its neighbors by giving back.

As you search for U.S. franchise opportunities including fudge shop franchises, consider allying yourself with a company that cares as much about their fellow man as they do the bottom line. We love making life a little sweeter for the people around us, and we have a candy store for sale where you can do the same thing. Our fundraising, donation and sponsorship efforts not only aid people and animals in need, they also increase visibility of our business and awareness of our delicious products.

In 2016, we contributed to many causes in the communities where our stores operate.

In November, we baked and donated pecan pies to the third annual Pie in the SCI. The fundraising event benefits Senior Citizens Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people age successfully.

In October, to celebrate the launch of our first fudge shop franchise at Tanger Outlet Mall in Pooler, Georgia, we hosted a fundraiser for the Caretta Research Project. Proceeds from all Chocolate Loggerhead sales on Oct. 23 were donated to CRP, a hands-on research, conservation and education project that has been protecting loggerhead sea turtles on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge since 1973.

Back in April, we were a sponsor of the third annual Wine, Women and Shoes event in Savannah, which raised funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. Our World Famous Pralines and glazed pecans helped make it a sweet evening.

In February, we were a sponsor of Love Walk 2016, which benefitted Wesley Community Centers in Savannah, whose mission is to promote the economic, educational and spiritual growth of women, children and families.

We enthusiastically partner with local food drives, Meals on Wheels, Bethesda Home for Boys and many nonprofit organizations, in addition to encouraging regular fundraisers at our candy franchise shops.

Learn more about how you can ally yourself with a generous, caring brand that is involved in the community by opening your own fudge shop franchise with River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. Find out more about this fantastic franchise opportunity!

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Restaurateurs Make Perfect Candy Store Franchise Owners

on November 16, 2016

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The River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise concept is so great, it truly sells itself. A strong reputation precedes our candy store franchise brand, thanks to our famous, mouth-watering Southern candies and treats! For someone who has prior experience in restaurant management or has worked within the industry in some capacity, the RSS • SCK experience can be even more fulfilling.

Some of the key components to running a streamlined, efficient candy shop operation include presentation, selection and location—all ideas that are very familiar to those coming from the restaurant world.

Candy  Presentation

One of the elements that set RSS • SCK apart from its competitors is the show-like presentation of products in each of our stores. Delicious candies and treats are made in front of customers while they wait – adding an entertainment factor to every customer’s visit. There’s nothing quite like watching a praline created on a marble slab right in front of you! Add to that top-quality packaging and display options, and our products seem to fly off the shelves. If you’re coming from the restaurant industry, you’re probably familiar with this concept of presentation – having seen it in plating, table presentation, and more. This gives you a leg-up in the running of a candy store franchise business!

Quality  Candy  Selection

Whether customers are coming to your candy store franchise location for caramel apples, pralines or pecan pie, the products on offer can make or break your candy business. This is not dissimilar to a restaurant’s menu, and those who are familiar with this concept will certainly understand the need for a superior product. Luckily, one look at RSS • SCK’s menu will assure you of that superiority!

Candy  Store   Location

Similar to a restaurant, a candy business will not thrive in just any location—a business owner must be thoughtful about where he or she decides to place their candy business. Anyone who has gone through this careful process before will have a solid advantage. Restaurateurs, in particular, will likely have encountered this particular aspect of business ownership before – making them even more prepared to own and operate a candy store franchise like River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.

When it comes to launching a Southern candy shop franchise business like ours, passion and business sense can go a long way! Restaurateurs are known for possessing these qualities and more – making them great potential franchise owners.

Want to know more about how River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen can help you fulfill your professional goals? Request information from our candy store franchise support team today — give us a (844) 842-9037 or email

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on November 13, 2016

November 15th was National Entrepreneurs’ Day and to celebrate, Jennifer Strickland, co-founder and co-CEO of River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen shared her valuable advice to entrepreneurs across the country. recognized Jennifer’s expertise and shared her tip in “Experts Weigh In: What’s Your Best Advice For Entrepreneurs?” Check out the coverage here!

Franchise Expo West

on November 2, 2016

With an interactive booth reminiscent of our candy counters at River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, the Franchise Expo West in Denver was a big hit. Not only did we have a great time connecting with potential franchisees and other thought leaders in the franchise industry, but we also had an opportunity to chat with Ed Sealover of the Denver Business Journal.

Ed was interested to know all about our franchise program, and our own Buck Sullivan, vice president of production, was happy to share with him what makes it such a sweet opportunity.

Visit the Denver Business Journal to see the full story here.

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Famous southern candies come to Key West

on September 16, 2016

Key West Florida southern most pointKey West Florida has more to offer than just key lime pie, and the southernmost point in the continental United States is getting an even wider array of delicious, gourmet southern candies and confections with the opening of Savannah, Georgia’s most famous candy store, River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.

Glen Willard, a franchise candy store owner of River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s with a location in Georgia, helms this new location in the Sunshine State.

“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.

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.”

River Street Sweets Key West Florida location will be opening June 2017, would you be interested in finding out how to own your own candy store business? Read about our Retail Candy Franchise & Business Growth or here are answers to Frequently Asked Questions about opening a candy franchise store.

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3 Reasons to Join the Candy Industry

on August 12, 2016

Chocolate-Covered-BrittleIf you’ve ever thought about starting your own candy store, there’s never been a better time than now! Here are three reasons why opening your own candy franchise and joining the candy industry will be one of the sweetest decisions you’ll ever make:


Candy is a growing industry

The first chocolate candy bar was made almost 200 years ago in 1847 and people have been going coocoo for cocoa ever since! According to new research from Packaged Facts, chocolate candy sales in the United States are expected to exceed $26 billion in sales by 2018, up from an estimated $22 billion in 2015.


Candy never goes out of style

Unlike many products that trend and then fade out with time, candy is always a favorite. From gift giving to holiday celebrations, candy has become a part of tradition. With that being said, it’s no surprise that chocolate comes in as one of the most popular and widely consumed candy products in the entire world – Americans alone eat over 2.8 billion pounds each year!


Candy spreads happiness

According to University Health News Daily, chocolate has been known for its mood enhancing effects due to its chemical makeup, which helps explain that feeling of joy you get when taking a bite out of your favorite chocolate treat! Plus, seeing the joy people get when watching homemade pralines being made or fresh taffy being pulled is an experience unlike anything else. Why not help spread that joy to others by opening a candy store of your own?
Are you ready to join the candy industry? Check out our candy franchise opportunities and learn how you can open your very own River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen location today!

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Scoop Something Sweet with an Ice Cream Franchise

on August 1, 2016

Summer has arrived and that means high temperatures and sunny days. What could be better on a hot summer day than a heaping scoop of ice cream?

couple eating ice creamWe can think of very little that is better, and it seems consumers in the United States agree. On average, Americans eat approximately 20 pounds of ice cream every year, with the majority of that taking place between May and August.

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, ice cream production kicks into gear in March and April to fill retail pipelines for the late spring and early summer. Overall, June is the highest ice cream production month of the year, in order to satisfy ongoing summer demand.

What this means for you: ice cream is a booming industry, despite the growing popularity of frozen yogurt, and a sweet franchise opportunity you should consider investing your business dollars into.

Here at River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen we’ve become the premiere candy franchise in the South. Our parent companies, River Street Sweets and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen collectively generate about $25 million in annual sales, and have coined a unique and growing market niche in the candy industry.

And we’re expanding on that success by offering select franchisees the opportunity to open a candy franchise that now features ice cream in states like North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and many more locations. In fact, our very first River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise is Pooler, Georgia serves ice cream along with our famous candies and even operates a custom ice cream cart, a unique feature only found at Tanger Outlets.

One of the best things we did at River Street Sweets and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is provide our customers a nostalgic experience of watching candy makers hand dip pralines onto giant marble slabs. We’ve taken that same hands-on approach to our ice cream franchise offerings at River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.

Everything we do here at River Street Sweets•Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is for the joy of our customers, and it’s led to us becoming one of America’s finest and most successful candy brands. The ice cream market is next on the list. Find out more about our ice cream and candy store franchise opportunity.