Guidelines To Open a Convenience Store
A convenience store can be a very profitable business because the products sold usually have a high profit margin. Many stores use gas pumps to attract customers but generally only realize the break-even point of these sales. The actual income is provided by the items sold in the store. Developing a business model is the first step in starting a convenience store business. After identifying the target audience and a suitable location, the contractor should adhere to state and local compliance guidelines and purchase displays and inventory.
A license to sell and use must be obtained from the State Department of Taxation. This allows the store to collect sales tax and return that money to the government. Specialty products such as cigarettes, lottery tickets, gasoline and alcohol require special permits. To protect the business from legal liability and to enjoy tax savings, the business may be incorporated. If the store will be operated under a fictitious name, the owner must register a DBA name (doing business as).
Before the store can begin doing business, the local fire department and state health department must inspect the premises. These inspections should take place before purchasing inventory as any delay in planning can lead to product deterioration. In the meantime, an inventory list must be developed and a few reputable suppliers must be secured for each item. Many sellers wholesale or wholesale items and some provide financing.
After deciding on their inventory, contractors need to determine the type of display they need. Retail store displays include shelving, wall dispensers, and wall, counter or freestanding shelves. Cash register envelopes have a display area under a sturdy countertop for holding a cash register and one or more display media.
When ordering inventory and displays, some suppliers may require a complete credit history and legal information regarding the company. Store owners should request small quantities during the initial order so that items don't spoil while the supply chain is refined. A purchase contract should not be signed until a new contractor has determined the reliability of a supplier.
Once the business enters a groove, it will become easier to determine how often inventory needs to be restocked due to expiration and sales. Money-saving purchasing contracts can then be signed for the supply of products for a specified period. The shelves, racks and containers of convenience stores will then provide the right amount of inventory at all times.