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River Street Sweets: Savannah's Candy Kitchen

Candy is popular all year, but during the school-free summertime, parents can ply their kids with as much as they want without worrying about getting them too sugared up for bedtime. Those who wish to be part of this noble effort, rejoice! River Street Sweets: Savannah's Candy Kitchen is selling franchises.

Co-president Jennifer Strickland said that River Street Sweets was founded in 1973 in Savannah, Georgia, and is the city's oldest candy store. Her father, Stan, operates Savannah's Candy Kitchen. Established in 1991, it's one of the largest candy stores in the South, and it's just down the street.

Last year the family combined both companies under one unified brand. She said the company has one store in Pooler, Georgia, with future expansions planned across the state, as well as in South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.

Cost to buy: $40,000
Fees: 5 percent of gross sales for the preceding week, paid weekly

Source: River Street Sweets