The Willy Wonka-esque concept, started by former FAO Schwartz exec Rick Barber, claims:
Ricky’s Candy, Cones and Chaos® is the ultimate ice cream and candy experience for customers—and a sweet franchise opportunity for you! It includes thousands of bulk candy choices; a delicious super-premium ice cream you make in the store; candy novelties and other great gifts; and a color-filled party room terrific for kids’ birthdays. These three business centers—candy, cones and ‘chaos’—provide an all-season business opportunity for the dedicated franchisee.
This morning’s post on UnhappyFranchisee.com (RICKY’S CANDY, Cones & Chaos Franchise Update) states that of the 18 locations listed on the company website in recent years, only 5 remain in operation as Ricky’s stores. In fact, 2 of the locations currently listed as open on the corporate site are, in fact, closed.
Additional woes for the sweet concept gone sour include a group action lawsuit filed by franchisees last year, and a franchisor bankruptcy filing that was allegedly rejected.
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Photo: Taken May 12, 2006 by roboppy , license: Creative Commons location: Ricky’s Candy, Cones & Chaos store, Ridgewood, NJ (closed)