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
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,
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
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,”