Own a Prohibition Franchise


Prohibition has a proven system in place to help you succeed as a small business owner. We, at Prohibition, offer operations training, marketing, resources for financing options, an established brand image and ongoing support to you as an owner.


Prohibition offers a business model that is simple and successful. We provide customer service and marketing support and have established business relationships to jump-start your dream of becoming an independent business owner. Operating under the established Prohibition name.


When you start a business in your town and nurture it into a national franchise, that's passion with perseverance. Since 1984, the Prohibition model has grown from a single flea market location to a well established chain. Now Prohibition offers the ideal business model for anyone who is serious about starting their own business. As long as we're enthusiastic about Prohibition, our customers will be too. Join the family and be part of our expansion.


  • Please fill out the Prohibition Franchise Application Form and send it to our corporate office at 1533 Curé-Labelle Laval, Qc, H7V 2W4 or email it to

  • Schedule to come spend time with the Prohibition family. Sit down in our conference room and learn about the business, services and the products we carry.

  • Undergo the due diligence process. Review the print material and information we have provided you.

  • Sign a Letter Of Intent with deposit.

  • Submit your desired Prohibition locations for approval.

  • Once a desired site has been selected, we will generate your store layout and provide you with a turn-key operation, ready for success.

  • We'll be there to train you in retail development, management, customer service, marketing and quality assurance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What does the franchise include?

It entitles you to own and operate a Prohibition boutique, use the trademarks, business methods and our upscale decor. Facilities planning, specifications for fixtures, equipment and leasehold improvements.

  • Site selection and lease negotiations by Oberfield Snowcap and the Prohibition Team
  • In-store training
  • Store opening assistance
  • Advertising and marketing support
  • Continued field support
  • A complete product line of smoking accessories

Q. How much do I need to invest?

The total investment required varies from location to location, based on a number of different factors such as the size of the premises and its condition(ranging from 800 to 3000 sf). Generally, total startup costs range from $175,000 to $350,000 including a full inventory.

Q. Who designs and builds my location?

Prohibition works with approved contractors, designers and equipment suppliers to operate within budget and time constraints.

Q. After I'm approved, how soon can I expect to open my franchise?

That primarily depends on the availability of locations in the area you have selected for your store. In some areas, sites have already been preselected, which substantially reduces the time involved.

Q. How much is the Prohibition franchise fee?

A franchise fee of $25,000 grants a license and franchise to operate a Prohibition and to sell products and services offered at Prohibition boutiques. It also licenses you to use our trademark, product lines, design features, signage, supplier contracts and operation procedures.

Q. Is it possible to own more than one location?

Yes, provided that you have demonstrated that you are financially capable and can properly manage more than one store.

Q. How much are the royalties?

Five percent of gross sales.

Q. How is the site selected for my location?

We use Oberfeld Snowcap's knowledgeable team, with 35 years of experience. Combined with prohibition's detailed evaluation of the site to select opportune locations

Q. I have never negotiated a commercial lease. What assistance is available?

After your site is selected, Oberfeld and Prohibition will use their experience to negotiate a beneficial lease.

Q. Is any experience necessary to own a franchise?

No industry related experience is necessary, after completing our comprehensive training program you will be prepared to manage your location.

Q. How much training will I need?

You will receive a 2-week comprehensive training program prior to the location opening, as well as a full week of in store support to ensure all aspects are up to standards before we complete the handover. Every franchisee will also receive an operations manual, detailing information from the hiring of employees to the ordering of products.

Q. Do I need to be involved with the day-to-day management of my franchise?

At least one owner or designated manager must be involved on a full-time basis and be responsible for day-to-day store operations and management.

Q. How will I know if I have the necessary finances?

Your completed application form will be evaluated by our finance department. They will let you know if your financial status will qualify for financing.

Q. How long is the term of the franchise agreement?

The term of the Franchise Agreement coincides with the term of the Lease.

Q. May I sell my franchise?

Yes, subject to Prohibition's right of refusal and Prohibition approving the new franchisee. There is also a $5,000 transfer fee, which incorporates the training for the new franchisee.

Q. I'm interested in a franchise, What is the next step?

Once the Frachise Application Form has been submitted, a Prohibition representative will contact you.

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