Marble Slab Creamery

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Marble Slab Creamery
TypeMixed, franchises and branches
Founded1983; 38 years ago (1983) in Houston, Texas
Atlanta, GA
Number of locations
Area served
United States, Canada, Oman, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Bangladesh
ProductsIce cream desserts, cakes, pies, shakes, smoothies, frozen yogurt .
ParentGlobal Franchise Group LLC.

Marble Slab Creamery is a chain of independently owned and operated franchised stores that specialize in serving homemade ice cream and a variety of other desserts. It is a franchise brand in the portfolio of Global Franchise Group LLC, along with MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery. There are 392 Marble Slab stores throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, and Bangladesh.[1] The chain has its headquarters in unincorporated Fulton County, Georgia.[2] As an independent company it had its headquarters in the Westchase area of Houston, Texas.[3] After the NexCen acquisition, initially the brand's headquarters were in unincorporated Gwinnett County, Georgia.[4] In July 2010, NexCen announced the sale of its franchise business to Global Franchise Group, LLC, an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. Global Franchise Group is now owned by Lion Capital LLP and Serruya Private Equity.


Marble Slab, which began as a single unit operation called Cones & Cream,[5] was founded in Houston by chefs Sigmund Penn and Tom LePage in 1983. They were inspired by Steve Herrell of Herrell's Ice Cream in Boston, who pioneered the mixing approach to ice cream toppings.[6] In 1986, Marble Slab became the first ice cream treatery to use a frozen granite slab to blend mix-in toppings into the ice cream.[7] Later that year, Marble Slab was bought by Ronnie Hankamer of Texas, who laid the groundwork for the brand's franchising concept.[7]

In the late 2000s, Marble Slab expanded beyond its southeastern presence and has been recognized as a fast-growing franchise. In 2007 it was ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 (#93), Fastest-Growing Franchises (#72), and America's Top Global Franchises (#75).[8]

On June 28, 2021, Global Franchise Group announced that it would be acquired by FAT Brands, owners of Fatburger and Johnny Rockets.[9] The acquisition was completed on July 22.[10]


  1. ^ [1] Archived 2010-10-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2008-10-19.
  2. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2010-02-28 at the Wayback Machine." Marble Slab Creamery. Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Facts at a Glance. Marble Slab Creamery. June 14, 1998. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
  4. ^ Contact Us." Marble Slab Creamery. Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  5. ^ Nation's Restaurant News
  6. ^ Shannon Jackson Arnold (2004). Everybody Loves Ice Cream: The Whole Scoop on America's Favorite. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
  7. ^ a b Franchise Solutions Marble Slab Creamery -The Freshest Ice Cream On EarthTM, Franchise Solution, Retrieved on 2008-03-27
  8. ^ 2007-08-30 Retrieved on 2008-03-27
  9. ^ Inc, FAT Brands (28 June 2021). "FAT Brands Inc. Agrees to Acquire Global Franchise Group for $442.5 million". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  10. ^ Inc., FAT Brands (22 July 2021). "FAT Brands Completes Acquisition of Global Franchise Group". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 1 September 2021.

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