For five years now Doc Popcorn has been signing up franchise partners across the U.S. and has hit international sites as well. With plans to expand into Japan with 10 new locations from this year—the first opening in Tokyo—to recent Puerto Rican and Mexican development locations, this little popcorn stand business is fast becoming a familiar name in food franchising.
From 2003, with roots officially in New York where Robert and Renée Israel initially started thinking of changing their lives and opening a novel business concept, Doc Popcorn sprouted in Boulder, Colorado. The husband and wife business partners and founders of the franchise combined talents and passion to create something new and took the leap into business ownership in the food sector. From there, six years have passed as the brand continues to develop, franchise partnerships beginning in 2009 and investors seeing something special in the concept and products offered with a global appeal.
Natural, GMO-free popcorn is on the menu, toppings and combinations abound, and the focus is and will remain taking popcorn as a simple snack idea to new heights with flavors that are customized to the local marketplaces in which the brand develops. Tokyo’s menu offerings will certainly include varied options when compared to Mexico for example, and the basis of the snack—time-honored popcorn—will stay convenient and easy to love in a variety of cultures.
Different PopModels™, as each location is called, offer investors three opportunities that allow for a flexible concept, including a shop, a kiosk, and a cart. Each model is designed to put franchisees at the forefront of customer foot traffic, squeeze into areas where space is limited, and feature prominently at all types of events where crowds gather. Doc Popcorn is currently accessible in all 50 states across the country and master franchising is creating opportunities in countries around the globe.