Doc Popcorn signed a master franchise agreement to develop 10 PopShop locations in Japan.

The international development will be led by the FS Planning ownership group, comprised of franchise partners Takeshi Furuhara, Masahiro Saito, and Yu Abe. The first Doc Popcorn PopShop location is expected to open in the Omotesando area in Tokyo. The franchise group plans to open at least one location every year over the next 10 years.

FS Planning has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Japan food space, previously holding various roles and capacities at a variety of restaurant concepts including Maxim de Paris, Vieille Vigne, Cote de Rouge, Dominique Saibron, and Radish Boy.

“We are thrilled to expand our footprint into Japan so we can introduce our fresh-popped, better-for-you snack to the country,” says Rob Israel, cofounder of Doc Popcorn. “FS Planning is the perfect franchise partner for our expansion in Japan. With their strong track-record in the restaurant industry, they have a solid grasp of the local marketplace to successfully lead the brand’s growth in Japan.”

In addition to this international development, Doc Popcorn recently opened its first franchise location in Puerto Rico and signed a 60-unit franchise agreement in Mexico. 

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