Alan and Rose Grant opened the first Lollipop’s Playland & Café in New Plymouth, New Zealand in November 1993. The idea developed when they noticed children were visiting fast food restaurants for the playground rather than the food. After extensive research in the USA, UK and Canada the first Lollipop’s Playland opened on the second floor of a shopping complex above a cinema multiplex.
After an initial proving period it was decided to expand Lollipop’s Playlands around New Zealand through franchising. Specific areas were targeted and at present there are 5 Playlands in operation in New Zealand with Master Franchisee Doug Budge managing their market.
Research into the Australian market began in 1996, by December 1997 the first Australian site was opened in Brisbane. Lollipop’s have since established another 16 sites in Australia. In 2005, after operating the site in Bentleigh East, Melbourne since 2002 as the franchisee, Tim Newman-Morris purchased the rights for the Australian group and became the Master Franchisee leaving Alan Grant liaising with the 2 independent country Master franchisees.