Bev and Greg McNutt Named Rita’s Franchise Partners of the Year

Bev and Greg McNutt Named Rita’s Franchise Partners of the Year

Honor Bestowed at Company’s Annual Business Meeting
Trevose, PA (February 12, 2008)— Rita’s is honored to announce that multi-store owners and operators Bev and Greg McNutt of Collegeville, PA, have been named Franchise Partners of the Year. The couple was selected among Rita’s over 350 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 McNutts entered the Rita’s franchise system in 1995 and currently own and operate four Rita’s locations in Pennsylvania including Collegeville, Royersford, Phoenixville and Coventry.

“We are very proud of Bev and Greg and are honored to have them as Partners in our system,” said Jim Rudolph, chairman of the board and CEO of Rita’s Water Ice. “Their dedication to the Rita’s brand and to the communities in which they serve exemplifies what our system stands for and we are thrilled to name them our Franchise Partners of the Year.”

The McNutts were presented with a special plaque to mark their achievements at Rita’s Annual Business Meeting in January in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“We were so happy and humbled that Rita’s selected us as the CEO Partners of the Year,” said Bev McNutt. “It makes us proud to be a part of a company that strives for and recognizes operational excellence.”

“We’re eager to re-open for the 2008 season,” said Bev. “With the introduction of new Italian Ice flavors, along with addition of the Ritaccino coffee drink and a fat-free soft serve product, we certainly will have something for everyone to enjoy!”

The McNutt’s locations will be opening the first week in March.

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 17 states with over 500 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 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.’ For more information about Rita’s Water Ice, please call 1-800-677-RITA or visit