LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville-based company is looking to go national.
The owners of Comfy Cow ice cream stores opened their first store in Westport Village in 2009.
It was an immediate success.
So it didn't take long for the privately owned premium ice cream company to add two more stores in Louisville. There is now a store on Frankfort Avenue in the Clifton neighborhood -- which also serves as the company's headquarters -- and one on the edge of U of L's Belknap campus.
"Ice cream-making is our passion," said co-owner Tim Koons-Mcgee. "My best times are seeing our stores packed with customers."
The owners hope to pack more people into a new store on Market Street in the heart of downtown New Albany where renovation work continues on a historic building.
When it opens in mid-April, it will be Comfy Cow's newest location and its first franchise store.
"It is a brand I believe in," said Ian Hall, one of the franchise partners invested in the New Albany Comfy Cow.
"I think it's cool New Albany will have the first franchise for a local company that is based out of Louisville," Hall said.
Comfy Cow also hopes to have a Bardstown Road location at the old Heine Brothers open in time for Derby.
"And on the heels of that, we have Nashville coming up which will also be another franchise location," said Koons-McGee. "And we just started lease negotiations for a new store in Middletown near the Gene Snyder Freeway."
In five years, Koons-Mcgee believes there could be as many as 30 Comfy Cow stores across the country.
"We are going to try to keep the Louisville stores corporate-owned," explained Koons-McGee. "Then all of the others will be franchises. In fact, we are talking to somebody now who is interested in developing the state of Florida."
Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All Rights Reserved.