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Rita’s to open second Italian ice store

Posted: March 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Taryn Bulko and Romina Faramarzi of Santa Clarita are opening their second Rita’s Italian Ice store next month in Stevenson Ranch, announced the franchise chain.

The new location at25802 W. Hemingway Avenue is the second Rita’s Italian Ice for the owners.

Owners Bulko and Faramarzi opened their first Rita’s on the corner of Bouquet Canyon and Seco Canyon roads in Saugus April 4, 2013. Italian ice aficionados packed the Saugus location, even at times, irking other small businesses in the corner retail center.

“We are so excited to introduce Rita’s Italian Ice to Stevenson Ranch,” Faramarzi said.

The new 1,200 square foot Stevenson Ranch store will operate Sunday through Saturday and open at noon. It will employ 16 people.

After a soft opening, the owners plan a grand opening for May in which they’ll be giving free “ice for a year” to the first 50 guests in line. The new store will also give samples to everyone who attends.

Founded 30 years ago in Trevose, PA, the Rita’s Franchise Company now has over 600 stores, with new stores opening in China and Canada, the company said.

Rita’s was named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal” and named Top 100 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 500 Franchise Rankings” in 2012.

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