High Road Craft Ice Cream will have its grand opening Sept. 20. It’s at 1730 West Oak Commons Court, near the intersection of Allgood Road and North Cobb Parkway.
“That’s awful good news,” City Councilman Grif Chalfant said. “I’m a big ice cream fan.”
Marietta is also the home of Talenti Gelato, which opened its headquarters in 2012.
“I think it’s a small thing, but all these small things help get us where we need to be,” Chalfant said.”
High Road was founded in 2010 by Chef Keith Schroeder, who has a master’s degree in business from Kennesaw State University. He has spent much of his 20-year career working as a chef in various hotels, most recently as the executive chef at Westin Atlanta Perimeter North.
Shaun Chavis, director of culture and content at High Road, said the company projects to make $5 million next year, which amounts to more than 1.4 million pints.
Increased demand led to High Road’s decision to move to Marietta, she said.
“The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce is particularly supportive,” Chavis said. “The space we needed for the new factory was here, and there are aspects about being in Marietta that are an advantage as far as shipping and receiving.”
The 25,000-square-foot building cost more than $3 million, Chavis said. A few months ago, there was dirt where there is now a factory floor. Chavis said there are about 15 employees, including a few disabled veterans.
“We’re excited to have High Road locating in the city limits,” said Beth Sessoms, the city’s economic development manager. “We like to have a variety of companies moving in. It’s definitely a plus.”
High Road sells 16 flavors of ice cream at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Candler Park Market, Oakhurst Market and The Mercantile. Seasonal flavors include Sticky Toffee pudding, Cherries and Cream and White Chocolate Peppermint.
Visitors can sample ice cream and even try new flavors not yet sold in stores at the High Road Corner Store, which is on site. It has a glass window through which guests can observe the factory floor, where the ice cream is made.
The store will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guests can also tour the factory during those hours. Tours, which must be scheduled in advance, cost $5 a person and have a 10-person limit per group.