Rita's Italian Ice to open C. Springs store


With more than 600 locations open, mostly along the East Coast, Rita's Italian Ice is no small chain. But the opening of the first C. Springs location at 7866 N. Academy Blvd. around month's end will mark only the third Colorado location. 

Aside from Italian ice, the store sells sundaes, custard, milkshakes and more. They offer sugar-free and "all-natural flavors" as well as lactose-free options.  

Rita's won't host its grand opening party until Sunday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., but expect a soft opening sometime prior. Here's why you may wish to mark your calendar early for that grand opening though: 
The event will feature FREE regular Italian Ice to everyone all day long, free samples to those waiting in line, and the first 50 people in line will receive free ice for a year ... During the event Rita’s will have retired Bronco players Randy Gradishar and David Treadwell signing autographs and will be giving away concert tickets through Peak FM. Rita’s will have live music by Hal Meyer, a live radio remote by Peak FM’s morning crew, a photo booth, ribbon cutting, and a magician along with other Rita’s giveaways.

A press release says Rita's plans to team up with a non-profit for its grand opening and also host fundraisers for local schools and organizations down the road. It's being opened by Kathy and Tyler Gehauf. Tyler is co-owner of Integrated Pest Management and a Colorado native, while Kathy hails from Pennsylvania, where Rita's was founded 32 years ago. 

  • Courtesy Rita's

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