This local popcorn shop got a deal with Walmart

Customers can find Omar Hasan's popcorn on a display at register 10 at the Virginia Beach Boulevard Walmart. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Omar Hasan)
Customers can find Omar Hasan’s popcorn on a display at register 10 at the Virginia Beach Boulevard Walmart Supercenter. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Omar Hasan)

NORFOLK — Pop Culture Popcorn just landed on the shelves at two Walmarts in Virginia Beach, putting this locally-owned popcorn shop on the retail map.

Omar Hasan has owned and operated Pop Culture Popcorn for roughly a year-and-a-half on 112 Granby St.

The shop sells 45 different flavors, all made with natural ingredients.

“I see my popcorn as a healthier alternative to chips,” he said.

Hasan got the idea for the shop back when he was serving in Afghanistan as a Naval Officer working with the Afghan National Army.

“All I wanted was popcorn,” he said, noting that his desk was always stocked with some.

When he retired from the U.S. Navy he decided to open up shop in the city’s downtown area, naming each of his popcorn flavors after pop culture references.

This time last year he applied for Walmart’s small business growth program and was able to secure a partnership with the company to put two of his popcorn flavors on the shelves, he said.

“The small businesses competed Shark Tank style to get on the shelves,” he said.

Customers can find the Chicago Billionaire and Cayanne Western flavors on the shelves in the Walmarts on Lynnhaven Parkway and Virginia Beach Boulevard.

As far as the future goes for Pop Culture Popcorn, Hasan is looking forward to continuing selling his products at the downtown location.

“We’re trying definitely to be around [for our customers],” he said.

“We’re trying to support more local businesses,” said Ayonna Parham, co-manager of the Lynnhaven Parkway Walmart. “[The popcorn] is selling really well.”

Click here to learn more about Pop Culture Popcorn.

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Melanie Occhiuzzo started her professional journalism career at Southside Daily in June of 2018. She has since become a storyteller for the local community with special interest in anything locally-owned or animal related. You can find her running between meetings, researching the latest dog story online or reporting on the local school systems.