Is my market large enough for an AMain Hobbies franchise?

There are several variables that contribute to a viable market for an AMain Hobbies franchise, including population, viable competition, and regional draw. A population base or draw of 100,000 people is a desirable minimum to ensure a viable market. If you are unsure of your population base, please contact us and we will assist you with your demographics.

Does AMain Hobbies offer Marketing and Advertising Support?

We offer comprehensive marketing services, including media buying, graphic design, individual marketing plans, social media, and budget guidance. Our marketing department produces professional print, web, and broadcast materials that will effectively market your store.

What types of training do you offer franchisees?

HobbyUniversity is a comprehensive 5-week training program for those who are opening their first hobby store (does not apply to co-branded stores) that consists of:

  • One week of mentored training in an existing franchise store to observe and participate in actual store operations under the guidance of a qualified Franchise Owner
  • One week of training at the service and support center in Lincoln, NE, to participate in a comprehensive curriculum covering franchise ownership and store operations
  • Three¬†weeks of onsite training conducted by a qualified Franchise Business Advisor (FBA); The FBA is onsite at your new store location to oversee store set-up and staff training. The FBA will remain through your Grand Opening weekend and leave you prepared to continue operations independently while we provide ongoing support from the home office.

Do I need hobby experience to open an AMain Hobbies franchise

Hobby experience is not a requirement to be a successful AMain Hobbies Franchise Owner. The most important assets of a successful Franchise Owner include the ability to manage people, organizational skills, and the drive to do whatever it takes to succeed.

What do lenders require to get financing?

Most lenders will require a minimum net worth of $250,000 and a cash investment by the Franchise Owner of approximately 1/3 of the total initial investment.

Why should I open an AMain Hobbies franchise instead of opening an independent hobby shop?

We have exclusive programs with distributors and manufacturers, and our national buying power provides you with discounted dealer pricing, terms, and freight allowances. Our proprietary products provide market differentiation and deliver significantly higher than industry standard profit margins to put more money to your bottom line. Our exclusive SMART POS (point-of-sale) system is rated as one of the greatest values of owning a franchise. As an inventory management and purchasing tool, the SMART suite provides efficient and effective processes to manage an otherwise complicated task. With remote capabilities, inventory and ordering management can be done from the comfort of your home or easily accessible when traveling. We maintain a comprehensive database of product SKUs that are updated regularly to provide you with timely information regarding pricing, availability, and rating based on our national sales. Our experienced corporate support staff is available to assist in all aspects of daily store operations, such as I/T and computer network support, inventory analysis, product support, cash management, staff scheduling, third party resources, etc. Our franchise services support can provide monthly income statement preparation and an optional accounts payable service.