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Ritter’s custard stands wants to expand in Western New York

Ritter’s Frozen Custard wants to expand into Western New York.

The franchise concept is similar to that of Dairy Queen, with both stand-alone and so-called “end-cap” locations in places like mall food courts. Ritter’s sells frozen custard, Italian ice, sundaes and cakes as well as burgers, fries and hot dogs.

The company wants to sell franchises here, which start at $365,000 for an end-cap shop and $501,500 for a stand-alone store.

The ice cream shop opened its first stand in Indiana in 1989. It now has about 20 stores in Florida, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

Ritter’s is owned by New York City-based Trufoods LLC, which owns several other franchise brands including Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips.