Want to learn more about Cold Stone Creamery?

How good is our ice cream? Well, let's just say that on a scale of 1 to 10, we're somewhere around an 11.5. For more than 25 years we’ve served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients, and of course, our signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.

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But wait one moment - we’re about more than just serving up amazing ice cream. We like to think we’re really in the business of making people happy.

Cold Stone Creamery is one of the best Super Premium ice cream concepts in the world! In as little as 6 years, we have introduced Cold Stone Creamery into approximately 25 countries outside of the United States and we’re continuing to expand.

History - an ice cream chronicle

Let's chart through the annals of Cold Stone Creamery to find out what else we geek out on.

Key

  • Fundamental idea
  • Landmark moment
  • New major store
  • New market entry
  • Major award
 

...and the beat goes on

  • 1988

    Foundations

    Don and Susan Sutherland open the very first Cold Stone Creamery® in Tempe, Arizona (USA), and a new ice cream concept is born.

  • 1996

    Cometh the kudos!

    Cold Stone Creamery is awarded "Best of Phoenix" for the first time.

  • 1997

    1,000,000... and counting

    Cold Stone Creamery serves its one millionth ice cream cone.

  • 2000

    We join the Big Leagues...

    Cold Stone Creamery celebrates its 100th store opening and is ranked 94th on Entrepreneur magazine's list of Fastest Growing Franchises in America, and 361st on the Entrepreneur magazine's "Franchise 500" list.

  • 2002

    Celebrating a successful franchise model

    Cold Stone Creamery awards its 500th franchise, and opens its 250th store.

  • 2003

    Flagship store opens in Times Square

    The Cold Stone Creamery brand opens its 500th store, and introduces itself to the world by opening the company's flagship store in Times Square.

  • 2004

    Climbing up the charts...

    In addition to ranking fourth in the July 2004 issue of Restaurant Business "Top 50 Growth Chains", Cold Stone Creamery launches an entirely new line of Signature Ice Cream Cakes. One hundred ice cream cakes are featured on ABC's Good Morning America to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Times Square.

  • 2005

    Big in Japan

    Cold Stone Creamery celebrates the opening of its first store in Japan, and receives the "2005 Consumers' Choice in Chains Award" in the Treat category in the August 2005 issue of Restaurants & Institutions.

  • 2006

    We add a Golden Chain award to our list of shiny things won

    Nation's Restaurant News honors Cold Stone Creamery as a MUFSO "Golden Chain" recipient.

  • 2007

    Chic shakes in the U.A.E

    Cold Stone celebrates the opening of its first store in the Middle East in the United Arab Emirates.

  • 2008

    Expanding around the globe

    Cold Stone Creamery celebrates the opening of the 100th International store and its arrival into Mexico and Scandinavia

  • 2009

    Fun in the Caribbean sun

    Cold Stone Creamery celebrates the opening of the first store in the Caribbean in Trinidad.

  • 2010

    Franchise 500 Club

    Cold Stone Creamery makes Entrepreneur magazine's "Franchise 500" list. We also won an Emmy for a commercial. Watch it on YouTube

  • 2011

    New Café in Cyprus

    Cold Stone Creamery celebrates the opening of the first Cold Stone Café in Cyprus.

  • 2012

    Serving 21 countries — worldwide

    Cold Stone Creamery celebrates the opening of 3 new stores in Africa; 2 in Nigeria, and 1 new store in Egypt. Oh yeah... and the first South American store, in Brazil! This is the year Cold Stone Creamery was awarded #16 on the Global 30 Top Brands by International Expansion.

  • 2013

    The Nigerian Expansion

    Cold Stone Creamery celebrates 25 years of delivering the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience to the World. CSC Nigeria also celebrates the opening of two new stores, bringing the total of opened stores to four, with plans of opening two more before the end of the year.

  • 2014

    Meanwhile, back at home in the US

    At the beginning of the year, we had a total of eight stores opened in two states; with plans of opening six more stores in different states before the end of the year.

  • 2014

    Kenya ice cream

    At the beginning of the year, we had a total of eight stores opened in two states; with plans of opening six more stores in different states before the end of the year