Legacy ice cream brand announces rankings in Franchise Times and Entrepreneur Magazines
“As we embark on the New Year, we are excited to once again be recognized in these rankings. Our success is a testament to the legacy created by Alice Handel and Lenny Fisher, who founded and grew Handel’s from a single scoop shop into a thriving chain, as well as the commitment of each of our franchisees to make and serve the Best Ice Cream on the Planet to kids, families, and ice cream lovers across the country,” said Andrew Brennan, Board Member and Interim CEO for Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. “We look forward to bringing our handcrafted flavors and warm hospitality to more communities in the year ahead.”
In 2023, the company welcomed 30 new Scoop Shops with new and existing franchise partners. The brand expanded in key markets including Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and their home state of Ohio.
This marks the second consecutive year the historic brand has made the Franchise Times Fast & Serious rankings, highlighting its enduring success and position among the top 40 smartest-growing franchise brands. Franchise Times determines the Fast and Serious rankings through a proprietary formula that measures growth over a three-year period.
In addition to the Franchise Times honor, Handel’s also ranked #182 among the top 500 brands in the 2024 Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® list, up 100 spots from its ranking in 2023! With 45 years of history, the Franchise 500® is a key benchmark for franchisors and an essential resource for prospective franchisees.
With 125 locations across 12 states, Handel’s is well on its way to becoming a national brand. “While we have grown significantly, we remain focused on serving great ice cream, never skimping, and providing ice cream experiences that delight the kids, families, and ice cream lovers that visit our stores. We still have plenty of room for growth and are always considering new franchisees who buy into our mission and want to make a difference in their communities,” said Brennan.
Handel’s commitment to quality was born in the summer of 1945 by Alice Handel in Youngstown, Ohio. Today, the brand continues to uphold the traditions of Alice by making each batch fresh daily and using her original methods and recipes.