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Ben & Jerry's Thinks Boston Needs More Phish Food, Chubby Hubby, and Cherry Garcia

Want to open a scoop shop?

Ben & Jerry's Harvard Square
Ben & Jerry's Harvard Square

Greater Boston is "a strong market" for chunktastic Vermont ice cream company Ben & Jerry's, and it's looking to expand its locations here, the franchise development manager told Boston Business Journal.

No sites have been specifically identified for new Ben & Jerry's scoop shops, but in general, the company seeks walkable, touristy places. It currently has outposts on Newbury Street, at 20 Park Plaza, in Harvard Square, at a kiosk outside the New England Aquarium, in Braintree, and in Natick. (A Prudential location shuttered earlier this year.)

"We are not looking to build too close to existing shops, so there’s a careful balance that comes into play when finding a new spot for a shop," Ben & Jerry's Eric Thomas wrote.

The company requires 900 - 1,200 square feet for a full scoop shop, about 450 - 650 square feet for an in-line shop, and 100 - 200 square feet for kiosks.

No timeline has been targeted for the company's Boston-area expansion.