Marketing and Public Relations


Johnson’s Real Ice Cream is embarking on its largest retail expansion in the company’s history by simultaneously opening three new locations in 2024. This unprecedented move marks a significant milestone, highlighting the company’s commitment to growing its footprint in Central Ohio.

****Updated April 26, 2024

Columbus, OH – January 29, 2024 – Johnson’s Real Ice Cream, the cherished family-owned ice cream company founded in 1950 in Bexley, Ohio, is making a flavorful impact this spring with the opening of three new locations in Central Ohio. Alongside the previously announced Grandview store, are two additional spots—one nestled in Italian Village at the former S’witch Social location and the other gracing Canal Winchester.

The Grandview location, positioned across from the iconic Grandview Cafe at 1325 Grandview Ave., places Johnson’s Real Ice Cream at the heart of this vibrant community. Surrounded by local businesses and the energetic Grandview Avenue atmosphere, the store is poised to become a gathering place for ice cream enthusiasts.

The Italian Village location, at 869 N. Fourth St., brings Johnson’s Real Ice Cream to the historic streets of the neighborhood. As with all Johnson’s locations, the Italian Village spot promises to be a hub of community spirit, sharing the joy of their handcrafted ice cream with residents and visitors alike.

The free-standing Canal Winchester location at 20 S. High St. is more than just a sweet addition to the community’s vibrant downtown corridor. Positioned across from the locally loved restaurant, Shade on the Canal, and nestled adjacent to the popular Stradley Place, a public park renowned for hosting special events, Johnson’s is set to become the perfect neighbor. In this cherished gathering spot, Johnson’s presence will undoubtedly add to the local charm, enhancing the overall experience for residents and visitors alike.

Expressing his excitement, Matt Wilcoxon, CEO, and 4th Generation Family Owner, states, “The ongoing openings mark not just an expansion for Johnson’s but a celebration of the love our community has shown us. We are honored to be part of the fabric of Central Ohio and look forward to creating sweet moments in Italian Village, Canal Winchester, and Grandview.”

In addition to expanding their physical locations, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream is taking a significant step to enhance customer convenience. The company is making a push to increase advance ordering by offering order-ahead pickup and delivery through their partnership with Toast Tab. This initiative allows customers to enjoy their favorite ice cream flavors with the ease of pre-ordering and convenient pickup and delivery options.

All three locations are slated to open their doors in Spring 2024, providing locals with the opportunity to indulge in Johnson’s renowned ice cream flavors. With existing stores in Bexley, Dublin, and New Albany, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream will have a total of six locations in Central Ohio, doubling their reach. In addition to these storefronts, the company continues to thrive through its wholesale and catering divisions, offering their delightful treats to an even broader audience.

For more information, visit or follow Johnson’s on Facebook and Instagram @JohnsonsRealIceCream.


About Johnson’s Real Ice Cream

Established in 1950 in charming Bexley, Ohio, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream is a fourth-generation, family-owned ice cream company dedicated to the art of crafting premium ice creams using only the finest ingredients. With a rich history spanning over seven decades, the commitment to quality and tradition remains the cornerstone of Johnson’s success.

Known for its handcrafted ice cream, made from the finest ingredients, Johnson’s is more than just an ice cream company—it’s a creator of experiences that brings joy to communities. The ongoing expansion reflects a deep-seated passion for sharing delightful treats, and Johnson’s takes immense pride in being an integral part of the vibrant neighborhoods it serves.

While rooted in its cherished original location in Bexley, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream has evolved into a beloved brand, expanding its presence throughout Central Ohio. With current shops in Bexley, Dublin, and New Albany, and three more slated to open in 2024, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream is on the path to creating a delightful and widespread presence across the region. 

For the latest updates and information, please visit or join the journey on Facebook and Instagram @JohnsonsRealIceCream.

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream Locations

2728 E. Main St.
Bexley, 43209
55 W. Bridge St.
Dublin, 43017
New Albany
160 W. Main St.
New Albany, 43054
Opening Spring 2024
1325 Grandview Ave.
Grandview, 43212
Opening Spring 2024
Italian Village
869 N. Fourth St.
Columbus, 43201
Opening Spring 2024
Canal Winchester
20 S. High St.
Canal Winchester, 43110

Media Contact: Sheila Rossiter, RMPR