Kona Ice Brings a One-of-a-Kind Experience to Residents in Mississippi and Alabama
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Kona Ice Brings a One-of-a-Kind Experience to Residents in Mississippi and Alabama

Mobile Franchise Expands in Mississippi and Alabama, Giving Back to Community Schools and Organizations

May 30, 2024 // Franchising.com // RICHTON, Miss. - Bringing tropical tunes and cups of shaved ice everywhere it stops, Kona Ice is expanding in Mississippi and Alabama. Introducing its distinctive blend of entertainment, gourmet frozen treats and FUN-draising, the Kona Ice experience is unlike any other in the area. Serving up good vibes in a cool ride, Kona Ice is now cruisin’ through Richton and Leakesville, Mississippi and Mobile and Washington County, Alabama.

“We're thrilled to bring Kona Ice to the communities of Mississippi and Alabama. With our diverse backgrounds each of us in the Thompson family has something to bring to the table,” said Juanita Thompson, owner of Kona Ice of Urban Oasis. “My husband Greg and I are partnering with our son, Kris, and daughter-in-law, Hannah to make this experience a family affair. We're looking forward to making a positive impact, one shaved ice at a time, and bringing a tropical oasis to the rural areas in Mississippi and Alabama. We’re ready to roll out, spread joy, and make a difference in every community we serve.”

Kona Ice’s escape from the ordinary begins as the sounds of tropical calypso music fills the air at each event and group gathering. The fun continues as all in attendance get their overflowing cups of freshly shaved ice and then help themselves to any of the ten tastes on the truck’s Flavorwave™, Kona’s innovative self-service dispensing system that allows for full customization. Guests also have the option to choose from the additional 20-plus flavors and 500 different combinations offered.

“The Thompson family shares our commitment to giving back,” said Tony Lamb, founder and president of Florence, Ky.-based Kona Ice. “They want to make a positive influence on the people in their community, whether it’s providing new textbooks, sports uniforms, or, simply, a smile. We are proud to have the Thompsons on board.”

Dedicated to making a difference in local areas, Kona Ice continues to be committed to philanthropy in the communities it serves, raising $180 million in total donations nationwide since 2007. The Thomson family is continuing the world’s largest food truck franchise’s tradition of donating thousands of dollars each year to local school groups, teams, and community organizations. Juanita and Greg pledge to give back a percentage of the proceeds from each event they host.

Beyond fundraisers, popular spots for the food truck franchise include stops throughout Richton and Leakesville, Mississippi, and Mobile and Washington County, Alabama at fairs, festivals, and high school events.

To learn more about Kona Ice of Urban Oasis and to book your next event, you can visit their website at https://www.kona-ice.com/local-site/kona-ice-of-urban-oasis/, and contact the Thompsons by email at Mondaythompson@kona-ice.com or by phone at (601) 235.2215.

About Kona Ice

Founded in 2007 by Tony Lamb, Kona Ice launched its first Kona Entertainment Vehicle (KEV) in Florence, Kentucky, offering a unique combination of cleanliness, friendliness, and a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the opportunity to create your very own shaved ice on the self-serve Flavorwave™, while enjoying the soothing sights and sounds from the tropics, all while giving back to each and every community Kona Ice serves. Since inception, Kona Ice has given back more than $180 million back to neighborhood schools, organizations and teams. Today, Kona Ice has grown to more than 1,400 mobile units that serve 49 states across the country.

Kona Ice has been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® list for 11 consecutive years, earning a spot on the Franchise 500® Hall of Fame, and most recently being named #1 in the “Frozen Desserts” and “Ice Cream” categories. In addition, Kona was named to the Franchise Business Review Top 200 list in the overall “Top 50” and “Enterprise” categories. Other accolades include being named a “Top 100 Most Innovative Franchise” by Franchise Business Review and a “Top Franchise for Veterans.” The brand has earned many other nationwide, industry and local awards. For more on Kona Ice, visit the brand’s online Newsroom and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news.

For more information about booking Kona Ice for a fundraiser or event, visit www.kona-ice.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.ownakona.com or call (800) KONAICE.



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(708) 205-4107

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