Fresh-Popped Start | Southern California Family Awarded Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement with Doc Popcorn
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Fresh-Popped Start | Southern California Family Awarded Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement with Doc Popcorn

To Bring Its Better-for-You Snack to Los Angeles

Local Couple and Their Son Open Popcorn Business in the Face of Mother's Adversity

October 09, 2014 // // Downey, Calif. - Doc Popcorn, the innovator of fresh-popped, kettle-cooked natural popcorn and other delicious popcorn treats, has awarded a multi-unit franchise opportunity to local husband and wife, Sam and Mary Sanchez, and their son, Eugene, to develop three Doc Popcorn locations in the Los Angeles area. They recently opened their first location at the Stonewood Center shopping mall in Downey and are currently looking into sites for their next location.

Sam, 65, and Mary, 63, came to the U.S. from the Philippines in 1976 with nothing more than their educations, dreams of a better life and $500 in their pockets. They worked very hard in the fields of real estate and accounting respectively, building a wonderful life for themselves and their two children, MarieSam and Eugene, and their grandchildren Cheyenne and Brooklyn, in California. Then, unexpectedly, Mary was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2011 and had to take some time off work. After entering remission and returning to the workforce, Mary learned her employer was relocating to another state and was forced to retire. Friends encouraged Mary and Sam to settle down, relax and retire, but they weren't ready for that stage just yet.

"We both felt there was more in life that we wanted to accomplish before retiring and I wasn't going to allow my illness to paralyze me or my family," said Mary. "For many years, my husband and I contemplated having a business of our own. After doing some research, we were convinced that Doc Popcorn was the best choice. It is fun and easy to operate; we love the product and enjoy going to work every day working alongside our son. We are grateful for all our blessings and everything is possible with God's help."

With snack consumption on the rise as reported in a recent Technomic study, Doc Popcorn is well positioned in the marketplace with its goal of revolutionizing snacking – for the better. Using 100% corn oil, proprietary natural flavor blends and other high-quality ingredients, Doc Popcorn handcrafts a wide-variety of fresh-popped specialty flavors of popcorn, from Sweet Butter and Klassic Kettle to Hoppin' Jalapeño and Caramel Bliss. Popcorn flavors are whole grain, gluten-free and nut-free with soy-free, dairy-free and sugar-free options available.

"Mary and her family are an inspiration to us all," said Rob Israel, Big Pop and co-founder of Doc Popcorn. "We are truly honored to have this amazing, hard-working family join our franchise system and give them the tools and support they need to own and operate their own Doc Popcorn business."

In addition to the Sanchez's unit in Downey, Doc Popcorn has five other franchise units in California in West Covina, Ontario, Sacramento, Lakewood, San Francisco and the recent Los Angeles agreement is part of the 90-unit brand's growth strategy to open additional locations throughout the U.S. and overseas in 2014.

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About Doc Popcorn

Using 100% corn oil, proprietary natural flavor blends and high-quality ingredients, Doc Popcorn handcrafts a wide variety of fresh-popped specialty flavors of popcorn. Doc Popcorn's delicious flavors also happen to be gluten-free, whole grain, wheat-free and nut-free. Other options, such as sugar-free and dairy-free popcorn are also available. Doc Popcorn started franchising in 2009 and has since been recognized as one of the hottest and fastest-growing snack franchises in the country, including a No. 59 ranking on the Inc. 500 list. With more than 90 locations in 30 states, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico, Doc Popcorn is the largest franchised retailer of popcorn in the world. For more information, including franchise opportunities, visit

SOURCE Doc Popcorn

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Alicia Aldrich
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(O) 847.945.1300, ext. 246
(M) 630.207.2940




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