Former Colts Player Brings First Rita’s Italian Ice to Indiana


Former Indianapolis Colts player Donald Thomas is “tackling” a new business venture……… Italian Ice!

Every time I would come home in the summer and Rita’s was open, I had to go have Rita’s………. I thought, what do I love that I had to go somewhere to get that I could possibly bring here that I know people would love?!”

On October 6, Rita’s Italian Ice — the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with more than 600 stores — will celebrate the grand opening celebration of its first store in the state of Indiana. Rita’s of Fishers, located at 8910 E. 96th Street in the Lantern Crossing Shopping Plaza, will welcome its guests with free Italian Ice all day on October 6. The first 50 guests in line who bring a donation in support of Boys II Men and sign-up for the Rita’s Birthday Club will also receive free Italian Ice for a year.


Rita’s of Fishers has brought nearly 20 new jobs to the area and is centrally located on 96th street, the dividing line between Fishers and Indianapolis. The new walk-in store offers guests approximately 1600 square feet of space and will welcome guests seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to their three planned walk-in locations, the Thomas’ are also planning to add a mobile unit to their franchise for catering and special events.

About Rita’s Franchise Company
Ranked #1 in Nation’s Restaurant News “Consumer Picks 2014” for Service and Value in the Frozen Treat category and 14th overall in the Limited-Service category, Rita’s Franchise Company is the largest Italian Ice concept in the world with more than 600 stores in the U.S. The company is aggressively expanding internationally with operating locations in the Philippines, Canada, the Middle East, and Caribbean. Rita’s, headquartered in Trevose, Pa., was also named one of the Top 25 Franchise High Performers by the Wall Street Journal’s “Startup Journal” and ranks #81 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “2014 Franchise 500” list. For more information about Rita’s franchise opportunities, please


About Rita’s Italian Ice
The popular chain offers a variety of “Cool Treats,” including: its famous Italian Ice, made fresh daily with real fruit and available in more than 65 flavors; Old-Fashioned Frozen Custard; Sundaes; Light Custard; Frozen Custard Cakes; Custard Cookie Sandwiches made with OREO®; layered Gelatis; and its signature Misto® and Blendini® creations. Since 1984, Rita’s has been dedicated to serving up a big dose of happiness with its freshly made, delicious treats in a fun-filled atmosphere, and thirty years later, it is still spreading “Ice, Custard, Happiness!” For more information about Rita’s Italian Ice, please call 1-800-677-7482 or visit