American Poolplayers Association

American Poolplayers Association

Recreational billiard leagues
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#321 Ranked #236 last year
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Initial investment
$23K - $29K
Units as of 2021
336 3.7% over 3 years

Company Overview

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.

About American Poolplayers Association

Industry
Recreation
Founded
1981
Parent Company
American Poolplayers Association Inc.
Leadership
Greg Fletcher, President

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1982 (39 years)
# of employees at HQ
65
# of Units
336 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
1000 Lake St. Louis Blvd., #325
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a American Poolplayers Association franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$10,000 - $12,000
Initial Investment
$22,737 - $29,242
Veteran Incentives
25% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
$2.50+/team/wk.
Ad Royalty Fee
to 5%
Term of Agreement
2 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
American Poolplayers Association has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
31 hours
Classroom Training
81 hours
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Yes
Can this franchise be run part time?
Yes
# of employees required to run
1-3
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Ranked #321

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #154

Top Global Franchises

Ranked #27

Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000

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Updated: February 8th, 2021