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After so many years in business, there isn’t a question you could ask that we wouldn’t know how to answer, whether it’s about a 90-year-old recipe or our new POS system. Old to new, top to bottom, we’ve got you as covered as our chocolate strawberries! What is so inviting about owning a nostalgic, delicious smelling, feel-good kind of specialty shop franchise? Not much unless it’s a Del’s Popcorn Shop franchise.

Take a gander at some commonly asked questions about our gourmet popcorn franchise program:

  • What experience do I need to become a Del’s Popcorn Shop franchise owner?

    Del’s Popcorn Shop may be relatively easy to learn, but we are looking for a real go-getter who has an appreciation and enthusiasm for the blending of nostalgia with modern-day business principles. Previous food/restaurant experience is a plus, as is a strong merchandising background. The rest can be taught, and we can’t wait to teach you.

  • What is provided as part of the Del’s Popcorn Shop franchise program?

    Prior to attending the initial training program for 21 days at our College of Popcorn Knowledge, participants are required to review the confidential operations manual, complete software tutorials as necessary and obtain ServSafe certification. It is anticipated that completing these tasks may take up to 40 hours. Once at the College of Popcorn Knowledge, training will include classroom and on-the-job training, plus five days in an operating store. Further, at the time of Grand Opening, a representative will spend four days providing onsite assistance and additional training to the franchisee and their staff. Ongoing training via site visits, videos and other materials will continue throughout the life of your business.

  • How much will the Del’s Popcorn Shop franchise program cost me?

    The total investment necessary to begin operations ranges from $301,919 to $431,651 for a single location, including an initial franchise territory fee of $30,000. As with any new venture, it’s important to have adequate capital to fund the initial business growth stages.

  • Is financing available?

    We do not provide direct financing to franchise owners, but we may refer to financing sources on a case by case basis.

  • Are there ongoing fees to pay?

    We charge a royalty fee equal to 6% of gross revenues. Collected fees allow us to fund our ongoing support services and the continued development of product and supply channels, marketing tools, training programs, and systems upgrades. For a full list of fees and requirements, please refer to our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

  • Are there any advertising fees?

    Del’s Popcorn Shop franchise owners will contribute up to 2% of net sales into the brand development fund and will be required to spend 2% of net sales monthly after the initial launch marketing period ends, on local marketing and promotions in their territory. Collected funds will be used to develop marketing strategies to promote the Del’s Popcorn Shop brand and cover the costs to develop local marketing materials and campaigns.

  • What is the term of the agreement?

    The initial term of your agreement is ten years, with two subsequent successor agreement options of five years.

  • How do I get started?

    If you’re interested in learning more about how to open a Del’s Popcorn Shop gourmet popcorn franchise, contact us at 217-250-5816 or We’ll discuss the possibility of setting up a meeting, speaking with our key management staff, and receiving our FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document) which contains all the important details you’ll need to make an informed decision.

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