From a press release seen on EIN News:
RITA’S ITALIAN ICE AWARDS AREA DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Canada
Rita’s Expands to Ontario with Three Stores Opening in June 2017
Calgary Alberta: July 12, 2017: Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with over 650 stores, announced it has awarded franchise and area development agreements for the Greater Toronto Area and Niagara Falls, to Cool Rita’s of GTA and Falls Inc, owned by Punit Choski and his partners who are long-time entrepreneurs and have previous franchise experience. As Rita’s expands in Canada, plans call for 30 stores to be developed in Ontario over eight years. The first Canadian location opened in Hamilton in May with the next locations planned for Niagara Falls and College Street Toronto, June 2017. According to Punit Choski, the company plans on developing Niagara Falls and Toronto with Company owned stores and sub-franchising the remaining areas of the territory.