After opening their first Popcorn World store in the Southwestern Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn five years ago, LeBarron and Nina Burton opened their second company store 45 minutes away in Gary, Indiana and are now looking to expand via franchises nationwide.
“We already have one franchised store about 35 miles to the east in Michigan City, Indiana,” says LeBarron. “If you can manage money and manage people, this is one business you may like and it’s where you won’t find a litany of competition,” said LeBarron while working in the Gary location.
The super modern Gary store is in the new County Market Plaza, just off the Interstate 80/94 Grant Street North exit. The store sells more than 250 flavors of hand-coated popcorn flavors from oreo to banana pudding. The advantage of being a franchisee is that investors will “get access to our process, recipes, and our growing brand recognition,” LeBarron continued.
In addition to company owned stores and a franchise, Popcorn World offers a fundraising program. As with many fundraising programs, sponsors have to complete some paperwork, but not invest any funds in purchasing the product.