Cold Stone Creamery to Expand Into Cambodia

Cold Stone Creamery, the U.S.-based ice cream company famous for its customizable menu and singing sellers, is planning to open its first branch in Cambodia within the next six months, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Kahala Brands, the parent company of Cold Stone Creamery, has given franchise rights in the country to the TH F&B company, according to the statement.

Although menu items range from $4 to $6, Hav Norm, managing director of TH F&B, said customers in Cambodia could afford the up-market sweets.

“Cold Stone Creamery is a super-premium brand that will be a perfect fit in our market,” Mr. Norm is quoted as saying.

Cold Stone will face off with other U.S. ice cream chains Dairy Queen and Swensen’s, which both have numerous outlets in the country, mostly in Phnom Penh.

Swensen’s opened its first outlet in the capital’s Sorya Mall in 2007, while Dairy Queen’s first outlet opened in 2002 at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Cold Stone’s maiden international outlet opened in Japan in 2005, and the company has since expanded to Asian markets including the Philippines and Indonesia.

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