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Tinder Box International


Tinder Box International is a national retail chain that sells premium cigars, pipes, gifts and collectibles. Tinder Box International stores have set the standard for excellence in the industry with consistently high levels of products, knowledge, customer service and satisfaction. Tinder Box products are carefully created and chosen by experts who travel all over the world seeking merchandise that illustrates the company’s devotion to impeccable quality. Tinder Box International is the Number One retails of pipes, tobaccos, cigars and gifts in America, and offers the largest array of pipes, cigars and accoutrements, including unique and unusual tobaccos and gifts. Tinder Box International believes in quality, great selection, value and friendly service.

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Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$118,675 - $857,300
Franchise fee
Units in operation


Tinder Box International is an opportunity to own a franchise in an exclusive industry, partnering with a company that has more than 75 years of experience. Tinder Box International offers franchisees protected territories, an inviting and unique store design, low royalty fees, quality product lines, excellent vendor relationships, assistance with site location, lease negotiation and store design, classroom and in-store training programs, and ongoing seminars and training in merchandising, product information and more.

Tinder Box International Franchise Opportunities – History

Tinder Box International was founded in 1928 by Edward Kolpin, who opened his first Tinder Box store in Santa Monica, California, after selling tobacco and pipes in his family’s pharmacy. Kolpin ran his original store for 78 years until his passing in 2007. Tinder Box International began franchising in 1965, with the first franchise location opening in Hawaii, one of the first franchises in American history. The store chain has since grown to more than 150 stores across the United States.

Tinder Box International Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Tinder Box

International Franchise Income

The franchise fee for Tinder Box International is $30,000. The total investment to open a Tinder Box franchise ranges from $118,675 to $857,300, with a minimum net worth of $250,000. A 4-5% royalty fee on gross receipts is paid to the company.

Tinder Box International Business Opportunities: Other Information

Through the years, as Ed Kolpin ran his store in Santa Monica, he catered to the needs of Hollywood personalities such as Marilyn Monroe, George Burns, Yul Brynner, Clark Gable and Bing Crosby. His custom made pipes can be seen in Hollywood movies and on the covers of Bing Crosby albums.

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