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About Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Pop-A-Lock® is America’s Most Trusted Locksmith Franchise. Pop-A-Lock was born in 1991 when local law enforcement agents in Lafayette, Louisiana recognized the need for a car locksmith in their community. Since then, Pop-A-Lock has grown to become the largest professional locksmithing franchise in the country. Our original Lafayette location is now the national training facility and corporate headquarters for Pop-A-Lock.

While our main focus is on emergency automotive locksmith services, we also offer a full range of services for your home and business security. In addition, we are proud to have created the Emergency Door Unlocking (EDU) Program – a free community service dedicated to saving children who are inadvertently locked in vehicles.

Why a Pop-A-Lock® Franchise?

Perhaps you’re an executive who has been displaced. Maybe you are dissatisfied with the way you’re being treated by your company. You realize that your labors have been creating wealth for others but not for yourself. You’ve had the idea of owning your own business as a solution to these and other issues but you’ve heard all the horror stories about the failure rates of independent businesses. A Pop-A-Lock Franchise may be the answer for you.

A Business Strategy – Franchising is nothing more or less than a business strategy for getting and keeping customers. It is a marketing system for creating an image in the minds of customers about the company’s products or services. It is a method for distributing products and services that satisfy customer needs. Franchising is a network of interdependent business relationships that allows a number of people to share “brand identification”, a successful method of doing business, and a strong marketing and distribution system.

Safety – For the franchisee, franchising is about risk reduction and safety. You give up the lack of structure associated with being an “independent owner” to become part of a group of people committed to building a brand and dominating markets, as Pop-A-Lock does, using a solid, tested and proven formula. In Pop-A-Lock’s case, a recession proof business model that is consolidating multi-billion dollar industries which are fragmented. You don’t have to guess about the most effective ways to build your business, there is a specific system to use.

Proven Systems – Pop-A-Lock provides a proven method of doing business (the operating system), a brand and trademark that will have value in the eyes of the customer based on execution of the operating system, and the initial and ongoing support you receive from the Franchisor so you won’t have to reinvent the wheel to be successful. You provide capital to expand the brand (faster than the franchisor can by itself) and the management talent, with our help, to run the business and execute the operating system.

Predictable Results – A franchise system should also provide group buying power to cut your operating expenses, faster growth due to tested marketing programs, predictable results based on your adherence to the operating system and less risk of your invested capital, as Pop-A-Lock does. The trade offs for you are the royalty fees you pay the franchisor for the operating license and some of the requirements you will deal with on the method of operating the business.

The Bottom Line – Ask yourself if you would rather “own the playing field” vs. just competing on it. The answer to that question will tell you whether a Pop-A-Lock franchise is worth exploring for you.

Training and Support – We are your strategic business partner. When you join the Pop-A-Lock team you are gaining a business partner that will provide you with all the tools needed to launch a successful franchise quickly and efficiently. In addition, start-up costs are low, we provide you with proprietary equipment and training – and no locksmithing experience is necessary.

Marketing Tools That Give You the Edge – Everything you need to succeed. We’ve been developing and refining our marketing and advertising tools and strategies for more than 15 years – and we share our years of strategies & expertise with every franchisee.

– Full force of our advertising & marketing department available
– Attractive, professional creative with on-point messaging
– Digital marketing & social media consultants available
– National toll free dispatch number – 1-888-POP-A-LOCK
– Trust-building community service programs

Company Founded


Current Leadership

Don Marks, CEO

Started Franchising

1994 (27 years)

Total Number of Units

600 (as of 2020)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

How Much Does It Cost To Open A Pop-A-Lock Franchise System Franchise?

There are several costs associated with opening a Pop-A-Lock Franchise System franchise. There is typically a franchise fee set by the franchisor, which covers the costs of opening a franchise location. Some other commons fees include equipment fees, marketing fees, licensing fees, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

Some franchises may have a weekly fee that the franchisee pays for operating a Pop-A-Lock Franchise System franchise. The weekly fee for opening a Pop-A-Lock Franchise System franchise is not specified.

The full breakdown of these fees can be found in the Financial Disclosure Document (FDD) provided to franchisees by the franchisor. The FDD report will contain additional information such as whether the franchise is renewable (Pop-A-Lock Franchise System Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (Pop-A-Lock Franchise System Pop-A-Lock Franchise System has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll).

Pop-A-Lock Franchise System Company Details

Here are some additional details about Pop-A-Lock Franchise System.

Parent Company SystemForward America Inc.
Initial Investment $15,500
Net Worth Requirement $250,000 - $500,000
Veteran Incentives 10% off franchise fee; special training program for veteran employees
Royalty Fee 7%
Ad Royalty 1%
Cash Requirement $30,000 - $100,000
Term of Agreement 10 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home Yes
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Pop-A-Lock Franchise System offers several support options to its franchisees. With 600 (as of 2020) units, Pop-A-Lock Franchise System aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. Pop-A-Lock Franchise System offers 7 hours on the job training, 59 hours classroom training, and Tech/employee training additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by Pop-A-Lock Franchise System.

On-The-Job Training 7 hours
Classroom Training 59 hours
Additional Training Tech/employee training
Ongoing Support
  • Purchasing Co-ops
  • Newsletter
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Toll-Free Line
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Field Operations
  • Site Selection
  • 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
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Is Pop-A-Lock Franchise System Right For You?

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Why Should You Start a Pop-A-Lock Franchise System Franchise?

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