bite into this delicious opportunity!
Marc and Sandy Roth opened the flagship A La Mode Shoppe on East 55th Street in 2015. The shoppe combines their shared passion for delicious ice cream, Marc’s extensive experience in the restaurant industry and Sandy’s dream of opening an ice cream shop.
The shoppe serves premium, all-natural ice cream in creative flavors. A neighborhood favorite, it’s known for its rotating cast of flavors, mini cones, color-changing spoons and family events including magic shows, movie nights, and music classes. The shoppe’s charming boutique area was designed by Sandy, who has a background in the children’s clothing industry.
A month after opening, a customer’s post about the shoppe in a Facebook food allergy group went viral because A La Mode Shoppe is the only nut-, egg- and sesame-free ice cream shop in the country. This publicity and subsequent press has driven guest traffic and made A La Mode Shoppe a top destination in the food allergy community.
Within a year of opening the shoppe, A La Mode branched into manufacturing. The 5,000-square-foot facility is the only nut-free ice cream manufacturing facility in the country. A La Mode ice cream is available in pints, cups and bars in stores across the nation and via shipping on the A La Mode website.
In 2020, the A La Mode family grew to include a franchising program. Franchise owners can enjoy operating a fun, fulfilling and profitable scoop shoppe. As A La Mode Shoppe opens in new locations, even more people can get a taste of the best ice cream around!
are you qualified to become an alm franchisee?
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Access to prime location
- Your proposed location must meet with our guidelines so as to ensure an adequate flow of traffic.
2. Common values
- Your commitment to p.roviding superior customer service and adhering to our operational and managerial guidelines, must be consistent with ours. The ability to “sweat the details” is essential.
- Franchisees will need the necessary capital to establish their shop. Your credit history will also be considered.
4. Business experience
- You should have at least 3 years of business management experience, preferably in the food & beverage industry, as well as an understanding of the legal requirements and principles of operating a business.
partnering with you for success!
License to Operate
Social Distancing Support
where the heavenly ice cream magic happens!
Our state-of-the-art, nut-free facility:
5,000 sq. ft. clean, modern manufacturing facility is located in the Hunts Point section of The Bronx. It is highly automated to ensure superior quality control and meticulously safeguarded to be free of nuts, sesame seeds and eggs.
An on-site R&D test kitchen allows us to add new flavors and seasonal specialty flavors. During the school year (when social distancing is not in effect) many students from nearby schools tour our facility to learn more about how ice cream is made.
Finally, the a la mode ice cream facility is HACCP certified. Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point is a food safety risk management system. It anticipates and prevents
food safety hazards before a product is made.
HACCP certification is recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
at a la mode, support comes in many flavors.
From training to marketing tools, we’ve got you covered!
- Retail Coupons/Samples
- Event Coupons/Samples
- In-Store sampling
Point of Purchase
- POP Impulse Buying Packaging
- Electrostatic Freezer Door Decals
- Retail Window Signage
- 3M Floor Decals
- PPC Ads
- Display Ads
- Event Presence
Measurement and Maintenance
- Social Listening
- Social Response
- Digital Analytics
Training, & Field Support
Phase 1 – We will provide you with 7 to 10 days of extensive training at headquarters or another location, about 6 to 9 weeks before your targeted business opening. The training covers administrative, operational, and sales/marketing procedures, practical tips, and hands-on job training. This training will be provided for the franchisee and one other designated attendee.
Phase 2 – In this on-site phase of our training program, typically beginning at (or shortly before) the opening of your store, our trainers will help get you and your staff up to speed. This is typically completed within 10 to 14 days.
ready to join our winning dream team?
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Apply
Complete the application included with the brochure and submit it to us. We will review the information and contact you to schedule a follow up meeting.
Step 2: Learn More
This is your opportunity to learn more about becoming an a la mode franchisee. Meet with us in person (if possible), visit an actual store, and get all your questions answered.
Step 3: Activate Your Franchise Agreement
Upon executing this document, we will develop your Business Launch Plan, setting the dates for training, procuring and preparing your location, and officially launching your new business.
Step 4: Grand Opening!
Congratulations! You’ve done yourhomework. You’ve made a substantial investment. And you are now the proud owner of an up and running a la mode ice cream store!
a la mode is your recipe for sweet success?
This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of or want to locate a franchise in one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your state.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a la mode ice cream franchisee.
We will get back to you ASAP.