Ben & Jerry’s in Newport is now owned by Tyler Rosenberg of Portsmouth

NEWPORT – Tyler Rosenberg first started eating ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s the summer when he turned 14.

Fast forward a little over a decade, and he’s been franchising twice. The Portsmouth native recently purchased Ben and Jerry’s locations in the city – one at 359 Thames Street and the other at 33 Bannister Wharf.

“People are familiar with the name Ben & Jerry, but I don’t think most people realize that all franchises are individually owned,” said Rosenberg, who turns 27 next month. “They know you can get a pint at the store, but you can also go to the scoop store and get all these great options.”

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After graduating from Portsmouth High School in 2013 and earning an art degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, Rosenberg returned to the area and Ben & Jerry’s in a management position. He had to attend what the company calls “Scoop University,” where he met several people at the company’s end of the process.

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That seed planted the seed in his head one day running his own Ben & Jerry store, and when the previous owner—who lives more than an hour away—offered a sale, Rosenberg jumped at the chance. He said there are still aspects of the ownership side, like sending quotes and keeping books, he’s still trying to learn.