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New Business: Longtime Maple Grove Residents Open of Rita’s Italian Ice

Nov 19, 2015 11:20PM ● By Wendy Erlien

(Photo provided by Rita's Italian Ice Maple Grove)

Updated March 14, 2016 

After months of planning, Rita’s Italian Ice is getting ready for a March 14 opening (noon to 9 p.m.) at their new location in Maple Grove at 8097 Wedgewood Lane North, according to their website.  

Employment opportunities are available, according to the Rita's Italian Ice website, for treat team members and shift leaders. 

November 2015 - In less than six months, Rita’s Italian Ice is planning on opening a new location in Maple Grove.

For approximately 30 years, Rita’s has been a well-known business on the east coast, but has been steadily making its way to Minnesota with locations in Eagan, Stillwater, and Valleyfair.  The Maple Grove location, 8097 Wedgewood Lane North, is gearing to open in March 2016.  

Maple Grove owners Troy Peek and his wife Kriss have been residents of Maple Grove for nearly 20 years, along with their children.   

“We have both volunteered our time over the years with various groups in Maple Grove, especially with youth sports in coaching and managing teams,” Troy said. “We want to continue giving back to the community by opening our store here and assist with fundraising for various programs.” 

If all proceeds as planned, they are hoping the opening will be around the first day of spring. 

Rita’s Italian Ice in Maple Grove will have approximately 15-20 employees (most part-time) along with a general manager. Not only will the staff be working store, but at various mobile and catering events throughout the metro area.

“We are already doing various mobile events throughout the metro assisting youth sports organizations in raising money for their groups,” he said.

A few of the unique opening events at each location include, according to Troy, all customers receiving free Italian Ice on the first day of spring. The “must try” items the first day of the opening? Troy suggests their signature Italian Ice, Gelati (a combination of Italian Ice and custard), and Blendini’s.

“As long time residents of Maple Grove, we want to do what we can to be a community based company and give back to various organizations in Maple Grove along with organizations in the metro,” Troy said.

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