Three-year-old POPPED Popcorn Shop Opens Southwest Store and Markets Franchises  

POPPED popcorn just celebrated the third anniversary of their 9480 S. Eastern Avenue location and opened a new store.

Oliver Morowati

When three co-workers decided to leave the restaurant world and open a popcorn shop, friends said their business wouldn’t last. They were wrong. Jean-Francois Chavanel, Zelma Hulet and Olivier Morowati just celebrated the third anniversary of their 9480 S. Eastern Avenue location and opened a new POPPED popcorn shop location on the southwest side of town this month at 3700 S. Hualapai Way. Popped is in the process of setting up franchises in nearby states – a decision the partners made when they realized they were working with many customers outside of Las Vegas. Their frozen popcorn, featuring a snack that changes its texture and taste with the use of nitrogen, sets POPPED apart and is an attraction with customers and at events that POPPED caters. Chavanel, Hulet and Morowati use their culinary backgrounds to design custom flavors with all-natural ingredients, such a freeze-dried raspberries for the PinkAdelic and real cheese and spice blends for the nacho flavor. They are constantly adding specialty flavors, such as a thai flavor inspired after dining at a favorite Thai restaurant. POPPED diversified beyond retail sales from the beginning, doing a big gift business, catering high roller events, birthday parties and weddings. Today, some local casinos even market POPPED popcorn in gift shops and bars. The retailer regularly partners with local charities and community events, and POPPED will be a vendor at the upcoming Life Is Beautiful in downtown Las Vegas. (http://www.poppedcornshop.com)