The premium ice cream brand eyes 30 new locations by the end of 2023 as it rolls into new markets

CANFIELD, OH, September 07, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — With a heartwarming legacy since 1945, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream continues its rapid growth by projecting to open more than 30 new locations by the end of 2023. The premium ice cream brand has opened 70 Scoop Shops to date since 2020. With 115 locations across 11 states, Handel’s is a thriving franchise business fast-tracking into new markets across the U.S.*.

“Tradition is what sets us apart. Our dedication to our customers, quality products, and community is what draws franchisees to our system,” said Rich Matherne, Chief Executive Officer at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. “With over 75 years in the industry, we are in an exceptional growth period and it’s an exciting time for our company as new franchisees join a proven brand with a strong legacy.”

Handel’s has recently celebrated several esteemed accolades, including ranking as one of the top 50 QSR Contenders for 2023, being named as one of the Top 500 Franchises by Entrepreneur, and being listed in Nation’s Restaurant News’ 100 Under 100: Emerging Restaurant Chains Take the United States by Storm.

“We’re looking to grow in the Southeast and branch into new markets, including Houston, Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta and Chicago. As we add more multi-unit operators to the system, we hope to continue inviting in new franchisees who align with our core values –– family, traditions, and community,” Jim Brown, Senior Vice President of Relationship Management at Handel’s. “We’re amplifying our growth efforts and continuing to establish a resilient brand through the support of our Corporate team, franchisees, and employees.”

The original Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream opened in Youngstown, OH in 1945, and the company maintains its roots there with corporate offices in Canfield, OH. To learn more about franchise opportunities, visit

*Number reported since September 5, 2023.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream has been in the business of making and selling fresh ice cream since 1945. Founded in Youngstown, Ohio, by Alice Handel, the company continues the sweet legacy she established from her backyard garden, using fresh ingredients and upholding a commitment to quality. Each batch of Handel’s ice cream is made fresh daily, using Alice’s original methods and recipes. There are 48 flavors available daily and more than 140 flavors that rotate seasonally.  

In 2023, Handel’s ranked on Franchise Times’ “Fast & Serious”, a list of the smartest-growing franchises for the year and is recognized by TasteAtlas for one of the top 100 Most Iconic Ice Creams of the World. 

Handel’s has also been named #1 Ice Cream on the Planet by National Geographic, one of the Top 10 Best Ice Cream Businesses by USA Today, one of the Top 500 Restaurants in America by Nation’s Restaurant News and Top 500 Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine.  

Handel’s currently has 115 locations across 11 states and is growing. To learn more about Handel’s franchise opportunities, visit 

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