Berks County Residents Parrish and Brenda Stauffer Named Franchise Partners of the Year
Trevose, PA (February 9, 2011)— Rita’s Franchise Company is honored to announce that owners and operators Parrish and Brenda Stauffer of Boyertown, PA, have been named Franchise Partners of the Year. The couple were selected among Rita’s over 450 franchise partners due to their dedication to the brand and the creative programs they have implemented to engage their local communities and Treat Team staff members. The Stauffers entered the Rita’s franchise system in 2004 and currently own and operate the Boyertown Rita’s location at 309 East Philadelphia Avenue.
“We are extremely proud of Parrish and Brenda Stauffer and are honored to have them as Partners in our system,” said Jim Rudolph, chairman of the board and CEO of Rita’s. “Their dedication to the Rita’s brand, to their community, and to charitable causes exemplifies what our system stands for and we are thrilled to name them our Franchise Partners of the Year.”
The Stauffers were presented with a special plaque to mark their achievements at Rita’s Annual Business Meeting in January in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“It’s an honor to be part of the Rita’s family, which gives us the opportunity to work with and help our great community,” said Franchise Partner Parrish Stauffer. “We love seeing our regular guests and meeting new guests every day. Receiving this award is a tribute to our Treat Team, because they work just as hard as we do. Without them we wouldn’t be as successful as we are!”
In addition to being named Franchise Partner of the Year Award, Parrish and Brenda were joined by their Treat Team members and were recognized for their fundraising efforts on behalf of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), an organization devoted to curing pediatric cancer. In 2010, The Boyertown Rita’s raised $11,010 in June 2010 for ALSF, making the location the number one fundraising store in the Rita’s system! Parrish and Brenda’s employees were chauffeured by limousine to attend the lunch at the meeting and be recognized on stage for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to this special cause.
The Stauffer’s location will be opening for the season on February 28.
About Rita’s Franchise Company
Rita’s Franchise Company, headquartered in Trevose, Pa., is the largest Italian Ice concept in the nation, currently operating in 18 states with more than 550 stores. Rita’s brand promise is Ice, Custard and Happiness™. The chain offers a variety of frozen treats including its famous Italian Ice, Old Fashioned Frozen Custard, and layered Gelati, Light Line™ treat options as well as its signature Misto® and Blendini™ creations. Rita’s was named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Startup Journal.’ In a 2009 Zagat survey of over 6,000 fast-food fans, Rita’s was ranked #2 in the Top Ice Cream/Custard category. For more information about Rita’s, please call 1-800-677-RITA or visit www.ritasice.com. The World Needs More Rita’s!