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American Poolplayers Association

2014 Franchise 500
#255
At a Glance

Products & Services: Recreational billiard league

Number of Locations: 313

Total Investment: $16.7K - $19.9K

Founded: 1981

Began Franchising: 1982

About American Poolplayers Association

In 1979, professional billiard players Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart pursued a novel idea-why not create an organized league system for amateur pool players? Dubbed the American Poolplayers Association (APA), their brainchild now operates franchise leagues across the United States and Canada (where the organization is known as the Canadian Poolplayers Association). Members participate in annual 8- and 9-ball championships, pay a yearly membership fee to the APA and pay a weekly fee to the League Operator (franchisee) each time they play. League Operators host team games each week; winners go on to compete in division and national tournaments.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 292 14 1 6
2013 291 15 1 6
2012 296 17 1 5
2011 298 16 1 1
2010 296 16 1 2
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Asia, Canada.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $16,695 - $19,865
Franchise Fee: $10,000 - $19,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: $2.50+/team/wk.
Term of Franchise Agreement: 2 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 25% off franchise fee
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 6 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Ad slicks, National media,
Other marketing support: Print materials, extranet

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #255 (2014), #123 (2013), #118 (2012), #118 (2011), #142 (2010),
Low-Cost: #49 (2014), #16 (2013), #16 (2012), #23 (2011), #34 (2010),
Top Home-Based: #75 (2014), #25 (2013), #24 (2012), #29 (2011), #39 (2010),
America's Top Global: #122 (2013), #99 (2012), #100 (2011), #114 (2010),

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