New ice cream stores planned for Houston

February 4, 2009 12:25:39 PM PST
Baskin-Robbins is banking on Houstonians' love of ice cream.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The ice cream franchise has announced that Houston will be one of its key markets in its 2009 expansion plans. Baskin-Robbins has plans for more than 100 new stores in the Greater Houston area over the next several years.

Despite the recent economic downturn, Baskin-Robbins has embarked on an unprecedented growth campaign designed to double its U.S. presence over time.

"Houston is an important market in Baskin-Robbins' national growth strategy for 2009 and beyond. It's a unique city in that it has experienced recent and significant growth in its job market and has invested millions in economic development and in marketing the city," said Salman Siddiqui, vice president of franchising and development, Baskin-Robbins.

According to a recent Fast Company article, Houston's metro area added 53,000 jobs between August 2007 and 2008 and has a goal of creating 600,000 new jobs by 2016. In addition, the article states that the Greater Houston Partnership's Opportunity Houston effort has committed $40 million to marketing the city.

Currently, Baskin-Robbins operates 33 locations in Houston and more than 90 stores across the state of Texas.

"In today's economy, Baskin-Robbins' product is a good value and it offers a family experience to Houston residents," said Shaw Darwish, Baskin-Robbins' franchisee with one location in Katy and two in Sugar Land.

Over six decades ago, Baskin-Robbins was founded by ice cream enthusiasts Burton "Burt" Baskin and Irvine "Irv" Robbins who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream store that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families.

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