Ice cream lovers in Hilliard soon will have a new shop to get their fix.

Graeter’s Ice Cream is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Aug. 3 at 5410 Scioto Darby Road in Hilliard. It is between Main Street and High School Drive.

The 2,500-square-foot standalone Graeter’s is being built on the west side of High School Drive, where three buildings were demolished last year to make way for it.

“We wanted to be in (the Hilliard market) and were excited when we had the opportunity to open at this site,” said Chip Graeter, a fourth-generation owner who oversees retail operations at all 55 Graeter’s sites in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

The Hilliard shop will be the 12th in central Ohio and 56th overall.

It will be one of only nine Graeter’s shops with a drive-thru.

“This will be a great site for us,” said Tim Philpott, vice president of marketing for Graeter’s.

It has proximity to Old Hilliard, as well as school buildings and other active locations, he said.

Jason Hudson, a senior store manager for Graeter’s, will oversee operations at the Hilliard shop after stints at the Easton, Polaris and Dublin locations.

A resident of Galloway, Hudson said, he and his family attend Hilliard United Methodist Church, right across the roundabout at 5445 Scioto Darby Road.

Hudson said the company will be involved in the community, too.

“We strive to be a part of the communities we serve,” he said.

Like the other 11 shops in central Ohio, the Graeter’s in Hilliard will be family operated.

During the past 20 years, Graeter said, circumstances allowed for the family to acquire franchises and bring them back under family operation.

“No one quite takes care of things as well as a family,” he said.

Twelve of the current 55 shops – three in Indiana and nine in Kentucky – remain franchises, according to Sarah Walters of RMD Advertising, which represents Graeter's.

The family business extends to the manufacture and hand-packing of about 1.5 million gallons of ice cream a year at the Graeter’s Cincinnati plant, from which ice cream is distributed to all locations.

Louis and Regina Graeter founded company in 1870 by opening the family’s first ice cream shop in Cincinnati.

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