Starting a Supermarket Business

If you want to start a supermarket business, you will need to have adequate funding. This is a large scale business that requires huge capital so you need to prepare a business plan.

Also, you will need to choose the most convenient location, secure the permits and licenses, purchase all equipments, and hire employees. If you have a question "how to start a supermarket business" in your mind then keep reading.

supermarket business

Every town needs a supermarket and if your community doesn’t have one, it’s time to start a supermarket business. This type of business can’t be considered small scale so you need to have adequate funding. You can also ‘specialized’ in supermarket and offer ethnic foods, whole foods, or exotic foods. To successfully open a supermarket business, just follow these steps.

Firstly, you will need to choose a location. Experts say that location can make or break your business. The supermarket should be found near the town and is easily accessible. If you can find one large building at the town center, you should first inquire at the health department in your area if the location is suitable for your business.

After securing the location and the building, you will now plan where the water, equipment, plumbing, waste sources, and kitchen facilities will be situated. The layout should be studied by the local food safety specialist and if it’s approved, you can now have it developed. If there are any changes, make sure that the contractor is able to incorporate it.

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The construction of the supermarket should be based on the recommendations of the health department since renovations can be costly if you’re not able to incorporate everything. Remember that an inspection will be conducted by the health department after the construction is finished.

Before the actual operations of the business, you will need to secure the necessary operating permits and licensing. The required info should be provided and you need to pay the fees as well. If you want to prepare food in the supermarket (e.g. bakery or deli), ask permission first and this should also be divulged to the authorities.

The permit should be renewed each year so make sure that you comply accordingly. You can also offer stalls to those who want to sell other food items in your supermarket but if you want, you can get suppliers for all the contents of your supermarket. Hiring dedicated and committed employees is very important since you can’t possibly run the supermarket on your own.

You will need to have a small office on site so that you can monitor the day to day operations of the business. Designate tasks and responsibilities to your employees so that you don’t have to carry all the workload. Everything should be set prior to the date of the opening. Send out ads online and in your community. For the first week, you can also offer special promos and discounts.

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616 Comments

  • Nicio said on February 7, 2010
    Hello everyone, My name is Nicio from Queens New York. My brother and I are highly motivated to open a supermarket; however neither of us have experience in the industry. I would like to get in contact with someone who can give me some useful advice, Please. My email is [email protected] No scams please.
  • Mostafa Ansari said on February 28, 2010
    I am starting a supermarket business in Egypt, Cairo. Looking to target medium to high level of the society. What can you tell me to reduce my costs while increasing my sales volume? Should I buy a location or rent it? considering a high rental and sales prices in the location desired!
  • monica said on March 8, 2010
    hi i am from Nairobi Kenya in Africa want to start a mini supermarket i have no prior experience and don't have enough funds yet i was thinking of getting a loan from the bank please help me on what to do start this business
  • AASHIQ said on March 17, 2010
    hi i am aashi from barcelona spain. i want to start a mini supermarket here in barcelona i have small capital i dont know how this is possible, plz give me information what to do to start this business. thanks
  • umoren eno said on April 15, 2010
    i want to open a supermarket in nigeria. i need better ideas where to buy my product, how to go about it and better location.
  • piyush holani said on April 21, 2010
    i wants to start supermarket, kindly help me for management of supermarket set up
  • Tawalin Lothan Inneh said on April 29, 2010
    I WANT TO START SUPERMARKET IN NIGERIA ABUJA FCT THE CAPITAL OF NIGERIA, PS KINDLY HELP ME WITH SOME SET UP IDEAS. THANKS
  • adeniyi said on May 7, 2010
    i want to start a supermarket business in nigeria with no experience in the business. i need help on how to go about it. Please, some one help. my email is [email protected]
  • ndueso said on May 12, 2010
    Just need your advice which one is the best, whether to open mini supermarket, Beer Parlor and Food Canteen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
  • muhammed rafeeq said on May 14, 2010
    hello dears, i am MBA graduate. i planning to start a supermarket in my hometown. location is perintalmanna malappuram district in kerala india. please help me how to prepare the business plan, how to start and how to setup. i want your valuable suggestions. my mail id :[email protected]
  • Vignesh said on May 17, 2010
    i would like to open an online super market in coimbatore, TN, India
  • martin said on May 18, 2010
    Hi My name is Martin from Mizoram, India, I want to start a mini super market here in Mizoram, and I'm thinking to take loan from the bank, I do not have any experience in this industry .... I need help please help me and give me suggestion, my email ID is [email protected] / [email protected]
  • Oni Adelani Samson said on May 19, 2010
    please I want to start mini supermarket in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria can u help me with business plans and ideas on how to start. thanks
  • rahul said on May 19, 2010
    am from andhra pradesh, India. i wanted to know where could i get the billing machine and software
  • prudence marule said on May 20, 2010
    I WANT TO OPEN A SUPERMARKET AT MY AREA. I DONT HAVE ENOUGH FUND, WHAT CAN I DO. PLS ADVISE ME
  • Cody said on May 20, 2010
    Hi all, who wants to run a store selling lights. we're a light manufacturer from China. very competitive price is offered. should any needs, please email at [email protected][email protected]
  • tarikua said on May 24, 2010
    i want to setup a supermarket in Ethiopia, Hawassa
  • Okori Josephine said on May 25, 2010
    I want to set up a small supermarket in Abuja, Nigeria. What and what should I consider? No spam please.
  • EMENDAN said on May 29, 2010
    Pls I want to start a Supermarket at ABUJA FCT. Pls I need an insight on how to prepare a good business plan. pls I will be most grateful to have a reply by tomorrow as I will present the business proposal by Monday
  • safeer torgal said on May 29, 2010
    Hello dears, I want to convert my general stores to mini supermarket . I am DME graduate. I planning to start a supermarket in my hometown. location is Belgaum district in karnataka India. please help me how to prepare the business plan, how to start and how to setup. I want your valuable suggestions. my mail id [email protected] .co.in
  • Ajmal.M.A said on June 7, 2010
    Dear Sir, hi i am ajmal from kerala (india). i want to start a supermarket dubai or kerala i dont know how this is possible, i have no money no places. i want a bank loan. plz give me information what to do to start this business and its costs (Pls convert indian rupees) . Please Help Me...Thanks & Regards, Ajmal.M.A 009747481238. My email id [email protected]
  • Alison Riley said on June 7, 2010
    Hi, I'm thinking about purchasing a supermarket that has been in operations for a couple of months now. The person is selling for personal reasons. I looked at his sales and purchases thus far. It looks fruitful. I have no idea about operating a supermarket. Please advise. Thanks in advance, My email address: [email protected]
  • R Suresh said on June 8, 2010
    Hi, I'm Suresh from Tiruttani(near Chennai). I have Started a new Supermarket in our place, So i want to idea for the loan and other details. Please it's my life ambition help me.
  • ushan said on June 16, 2010
    sir/madam i am basically from bangalore. myself n my cousin have a plan to go for this supermarket buisness but i dont have any idea of this..where to start please advice me or give some alternative hint please. u can contact me on this mail id....
  • vemanna said on June 17, 2010
    Hi. my name is vemanna I want to open mini supermarket in my home town Mudhol karnataka. what is the cost involved? please help me. thank you.
  • v.arun chowdary said on June 18, 2010
    hi, i am arun, i want to start a super market for that i need information about the permission and how i will get the loan for that, could you please help me. from where i will get the billing machine and software for that.
  • Felix John said on June 21, 2010
    Hi i am planning to open Low price shop in Bhayander (west)Thane i am new i would like know apart from Health Dept do i need to get any more permission from any other Dept & where to get it. Reply please.
  • Yisak Mohammed said on June 23, 2010
    i want to create a super market business in university, Adama town, east shoa, ethiopia. So how many fund was required and if possible i need sample business plan specially in relation with university super market
  • nasir said on June 28, 2010
    Dear sir). I'm Nasir from (pakistan) i want to start a supermarket is lamabad i dont know how this is possible, i have no money . i want a bank loan. plz give me information what to do to start this business and its costs (Pls convert pakistani rupees) . Please Help Me...Thanks
  • Kamil Wojtowicz said on July 1, 2010
    I would like to sell products in Africa (Nigeria, Ghana), especially energy drinks in price for one can - 0.7$. If you are interested please contact me [email protected]
  • Francis Mawukoh said on July 3, 2010
    I'm a service personnel in Ghana wishing to own a supermarket at (Aflao) near Lome the city of Togo right after service but luck fund. Please I need advice on how I should raise the needed fund. My email: [email protected]
  • Malefia said on July 5, 2010
    Hi! I want to open supermarket in addis ababa, ethiopia. Pls help me on how to prepare business plan.
  • Malefia said on July 5, 2010
    My business location is around Arada. I donot have experience in business. But recently I studied business management. I live in Addis Ababa city in Ethiopia.
  • Brent said on July 7, 2010
    If you have no money or experience I'd suggest the first step is to get both. Go work in a supermarket, this will be the best step to get you towards your dream. No bank is going to lend money to someone without experience & their own money. The only people who will give you the time of day will be scammers.
  • jit said on July 15, 2010
    hi i'm jit keen to start mini super market please give me advice [email protected]
  • Rajmohan said on July 17, 2010
    Hai,i am rajmohan completed my MBA, i want to start a supermarket in my home town kakinada from andhrapradesh, so i want to know about the investment and project reports pls help me
  • Joseph K. Kirui said on July 21, 2010
    I wish to start a Mini Supermarket in Nairobi Eastlands around Jogoo Road Shauri Moyo Area. I have no experience nor money but I pray that God provides and answers my prayer. What are the techniques of establishing from scratch and how can I obtain funding since this is a critical requirement. I would be grateful if I can be connected to financiers or suppliers or partnerships if this is a prudent way to start a business. Thanks Joseph , [email protected]
  • CHRISTOPHER PHILEMON said on July 26, 2010
    help me to get business plan of mini super market in Tanzania -Iringa
  • Philip Duru said on July 27, 2010
    Hi, I want to establish a specialised Supermarket (Food, Meat, Sea Foods, etc) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Could you give a Business Plan for it. Thanks Philip
  • jana said on July 28, 2010
    I like to start a small scale supermarket in kerala local area how i can success if any problem? what i want to do for that 1st. I have already shop in our place
  • Alvan said on August 3, 2010
    I really love to start a mini supermarket in abuja Nigeria, pls i need a detailed business plan and a good estimate of start up cost. my email is [email protected] u.
  • Femi Alfred said on August 4, 2010
    ...if you want to set up a supermarket in Nigeria (MIni or Mega) you can contact us on [email protected] for advisory services on costing, NAFDAC Approval, accounting and layout and even many more services that you so desire. ...
  • johncy said on August 18, 2010
    I would like to open a supermarket in kerala. It is a big town but it doesn't have supermarket.
  • okani Benjamin said on September 7, 2010
    hi my name's benjamin, i have a different from others. i own a shop(not a supermarket yet)but my problem is my brother runs it for me, about two months ago i got some loans to increase the stocks in my shop. but i found that instead of me gaining from this loan i'm LOOSING!! i can't accuse my brother of stealing, i'm thinking its because i lack ideas............please kindly advice me on what to do on this issue thanks......[email protected]
  • Billsteve said on September 13, 2010
    Am in Nellai, Tamil Nadu. I wish to start a super market in big level with all types of segments like, household, electronics, textile etc etc.. I would like to read some books to related to this biz to understand the drawbacks in this biz... could you please guide me?
  • R.Rajkumar said on September 15, 2010
    Hello sir. Am in Thanjavur i want to start super Market in minimum fund so give me advice how much price it take to start
  • Anuradha said on September 21, 2010
    Hi...I am from karur, Tamilnadu. I would like to start a supermarket in our area. Pls let me know the min investment to start and pros and cons on this business.
  • christiana said on October 6, 2010
    hi my name is Christiana. i would like to open a supermarket in Lagos. pls can u advice me on how to go about a big supermarket and what to really focus on.
  • pol pacho said on October 6, 2010
    i need to read books/magazine or research thesis about feasibility study for supermarket. thank you for our help.
  • Wale said on October 13, 2010
    Hi, i did like to start a supermarket business will need some ideas and business plan. i have not got much experience except the fact that i worked in a retail store briefly. kindly send me soft copy document that could help me achieve my goal which is the start small and become big. thank you
  • Ruqiyo said on October 14, 2010
    Hi, my name is Ruqiyo Ali. My family is planning to start up a big supermarket in Nairobi, Kenya. We have got place and its undergoing construction right now, estimated to be finished just before the New Year. We have got adequate funds (I hope). I am doing the research about how to plane and carry out the business. I would be grateful if you could give me any ideas regarding the equipments, where can I get the product or how to go about the setting up and the legal issues in Nairobi. I have never been to Nairobi but the rest of my family are there now and I am planning to join them by Christmas time (I am currently situated in U.K). Thanks in advance for your valuable help.
  • Farai Mumera said on October 22, 2010
    Hi I believe I can be of help. I have 11 years experience in the supermarket retailing business. My e-mail address is [email protected], my cell phone number is 263 772 965 951.
  • vishu said on November 22, 2010
    hi my name is vishu. i would like to open a supermarket in Bangalore. pls can u advice me on how to go about a big supermarket and what to really focus on.
  • Krishnapriya said on November 23, 2010
    hi, i m planning to start a mini supermarket in my home town agartala which comes under the state tripura (India). i dont have fund n land to start this kind of business. n above all i dont have any kind of business experiences. son can u guide me to fulfill my dream to start a super market in my home town.
  • SATHYA said on December 1, 2010
    Hi, my name is sathya, i would like to open mini hyper market in bangalore, pls give information about land require, capital, bank loan, legal procedure, and other relevant information. pls
  • haron said on December 3, 2010
    I want to start a good supermarket in kerala in kerala. I have my own building, but I am new in this field. I do not know how start. please help me with good ideas. [email protected] 00971 50 5849623
  • Amila said on December 6, 2010
    Hi, I'm AMila from the suburbs of Colombo, Sri Lanka and i am very much interested in opening a mini supermarket. please help me with the ideas to start my project.
  • Anteneh said on December 13, 2010
    Dear, I am an ethiopian living in Assela(175km)from Addis Ababa. I wanted to start a supermarket business that is not usual in my town. I have no business experience before this time so what can you help me? How can i get business plan?
  • Mathew Thomas said on December 25, 2010
    I wish to start a business (super Market in Kerala, India. For this purpose I need a business loan. Please advise, Regards Mathew
  • CHRISTOPHER PHILEMON said on December 29, 2010
    DEAR, I want to convert my general stores to mini supermarket . I am MA in business Administration and BA in mass communication graduate. I planning to start a supermarket in my hometown. location is TANZANIA AT IRINGA. please help me to get capital in start business , how to start and how to setup. I want your valuable suggestions. my mail [email protected] my phone number +255784717042.
  • Ratheesh TK said on January 24, 2011
    I looking to start a super market in kerala(in a growing village) Also I need a business loan then I need your advice please. Ratheesh Kasaragod
  • Eranga Herath said on February 1, 2011
    Hi, I am at the initial planning stages of opening a supermarket business. Would appreciate if you can provide help on the business plan and operations. many thanks
  • john ofon said on February 2, 2011
    I want to start a small business where I intend to serve fresh fruit juices along with sea foods, roasted or cooked but no frying of any sort in the city of calabar, cross river state, nigeria. Fruits will be processed on the spot while costumers watch their juices being prepared. please advice.
  • VENANCE NDIMILA said on February 12, 2011
    Hi,i want to launch a Min Supermarket at Dar es Salaam, but i have insufficient Capital please my companion i only need your strong ideas in order to see the way forward. Thanks
  • Amjeth V M said on February 13, 2011
    I want start a super market in duabi, UAE for medium class, what are the factors should i look into
  • JUVIN said on February 23, 2011
    Hi, I want to start a supermarket in Yaounde- Cameroon, I am thinking to target medium and high income consumers. I want to be able to sell some products that are also found here in England. But I am not sure whether it will be too expensive for consumers in Cameroon because of the difference in currency, etc. I am thinking of building a store from scratch. I don't know how to get stock, I want to sell home appliances, food, and baby products, etc. I have heard i can get great products from China. Please help me. I got funds for building the store so far.
  • S.Kumar said on March 6, 2011
    i want to start a supermarket business in chennai with no experience in the business. i need financial help on how to go about it. Please, some one help. my email is [email protected]
  • Kumar.s said on March 8, 2011
    i want to start a supermarket business in chennai with no experience in the business. i need financial help on how to go about it. Please, some one help. my email is [email protected]
  • charlie j said on March 10, 2011
    Hi, I am in a planning stage of opening a supermarket business in goa. Would appreciate if you can provide help on the business plan and operations. thanks a lot
  • iwegho igbinigie said on March 16, 2011
    i want to start a supermarket business like asda in the uk,stocking foods to household appliances. how do get supplies, please i want every advice
  • sachin sardana said on March 22, 2011
    I AM STAYING IN CANADA SINCE AUG.,2010 AND WOULD LIKE TO START SOME SMALL BUSINESS I.E. SUPERMARKET IN TORONTO/ONTARIO OR ANYWHERE IN CANADA. WOULD APPRECIATE IF ANY ONE CAN HELP ME ON THE BUSINESS PLAN AND OPERATIONS. THANKS, SACHIN SARDANA
  • Yemi Adenuga said on March 23, 2011
    hi everyone, i am Yemi, i have a medium space at ikorodu, lagos, nigeria and some amount of money. I'd love to start a mini supermarket but lacks know how on stocking and equipment to program my stock. also is it a profitable business? pls I need a business plan on supermarket and any other advise on capital urgently. thanks
  • CUTT said on March 30, 2011
    I have Business plan to start chain of Mini Supermarket, potentials of this business is very good and return investment is substantial. I am seeking for partnership or Joint Venture. If any one if your interested just drop me email and we can discuss business further. my email is [email protected]
  • EZEULO LILIAN said on April 5, 2011
    can u direct me on how to locate a site for the supermarket business
  • Gbenga the Great said on April 9, 2011
    I am Adesanya Gbenga a young man passionate about running a supermarket in Nigeria here. I am already registering my business name with the Corporate Affair Commission of Nigeria. Please, I need a comprehensive manual on how to run a supermarket successfully. I have made frantic efforts on getting the real life experiences but no supermarket owner is ready to help me in that capacity. I real appreciate your website, you are doing a great job.
  • max said on April 9, 2011
    Hi am planning on opening a mini supermarket or grocery store, kindly assist me with the basics about the business and cost outlay. The business will be in Nigeria.
  • dominic said on April 16, 2011
    i want to know the main points to run a successful supermarket specially food stuff how to tackle the suppliers when goods bought centrally and how we can have a display for wholesale market what we should charge for a permanent and temporary display and pilot display
  • peace said on May 17, 2011
    Hi my name is peace, pls I want to open a supermarket or provision store in lagos, nigeria pls how do I go about it, what are the items I need in the store?? Etc.. Thanks
  • Danny said on May 23, 2011
    I am a young graduate from Europe. I love to invest in Nigeria. I would like to set up a reasonably sized supermarket. I do not have a prior know-how about it. I will appreciate any guide , manual relating to this. Many thanks. Danny
  • Keycy Manuel said on June 2, 2011
    Hi, i'm Keycy from the Philippines. I would like to start a supermarket in our country but i dont know anything how to start neither to run.Please help me.I want also to know how much it will cost me.Thank you and God Bless.
  • Meidan Soda Cracker said on June 3, 2011
    I am from Beijing(China) Meidan Food Co, a big factory specialized in biscuit for more than 10 years. Our Soda Cracker in Meidan Brand is very popular,has been exported to Ghana in a large quantity,30 container(HQ) per month.If you can develop Africa market for us, we are pleased to pay commission and do our best to help you.Pls contact me at e-mail:[email protected] 86-10-89283716 web:www.meidan.com.cn
  • Christine said on June 14, 2011
    Hi am Christine from Dar es salaam, i want to start a supermarket business, unfortunately i don't have experience on this business, please help me on [email protected]
  • Joanita boniface said on June 20, 2011
    Hallow, am joanita Boniface from Tanzania at Dar es salaam region, i want to start a supermarket business, i need your truly advice so as i can manage all the necessities on this business because i don't have any experience on this business, your help will put me to a better place,fly me high on [email protected] God bless you
  • theresa said on June 22, 2011
    I have 4500 sft space to start a supermarket in our apartment . We have 1200 apartments in one compound centre we have space. any body want pls call 08066965035
  • Kumar said on June 23, 2011
    I want to start a supermarket in chennai, i don't know where i get the supermarket things and don't know how much cost need to start a business, pls help me.Thanks, Kumar D
  • Mirriam said on July 14, 2011
    We are starting a supermarket in Kalulushi Zambia. The town has no big supermarket as a family we decided to build one. The shop is almost complete but the challenge is how to stock it up and bring it to a standard of a medium supermarket. it is located at the town center. We will cherish your ideas and partners. Waiting for your help.
  • Joe said on July 16, 2011
    hello i am Joe from Dar es salaam Tanzania.!! i wish to start a min supermarket but i real don't have ideas on what to do. i am i need your technical advice. thank you.
  • shawn said on July 18, 2011
    hi i want to open a supermarket in texas USA. I HAVE 1 HUNDRED THOUSAND so far but i know that i would need a good location and a lot more to start can anyone help me out here on how to go about please all ideas will be look at and be used in the best way possible thx
  • bavani said on July 20, 2011
    I am in Chennai and i am planning to start a small kind of super market in Porur area. Also planning to start in Madurai or Theni or Kambam... in my native. I have no idea on this. Is there any seminar or classes to get an idea of it. Kindly suggest.
  • Bernard said on July 24, 2011
    Hello there, I am in St Catherine, Jamaica (the island) and I intend to open a delivery Wholesale and retail food store in the next couple months. The area is very populated and is in desperate need of a delivery wholesale. Long story short i need and investor, willing to do this 60%-40%. Amount needed is $50,000 - $70,000. I will do all the work and you sit back and watch your money multiply over the years. Very good opportunity here. i s l a n d miscellaneous @ yahoo . c o m Please contact me.
  • Rahul said on July 26, 2011
    Hi, I Am Looking For Serious Investors To Start A Tea Export Business. I Am From India. Contact raywebsolution @ gmail.com
  • Paulo Lopez said on July 26, 2011
    Makati City, Manila Philippines location of the supermarket business I would like to ask how much the money involved for the supermarket business this will be located in Makati City, Manila Philippines, please help me how much in terms of pesos. I have capital but I have no idea how much the total cost for everything. Please email me as soon as possible if you have a chance. Thank you very much!
  • Devraj said on August 5, 2011
    I am from bangalore and i am planning to start a small kind of super market in madiwal(maruthinagar) area.I have no idea on this. can u help me on this Kindly suggest
  • akram said on August 9, 2011
    hi, i am akram, from Thanjavur , i want to start Mini supermarket , any body help me ---my email id ([email protected])
  • ogbenna juliet said on August 11, 2011
    hi this is Juliet from Abuja Nigeria,i and my sister want to start up a supermarket business, pls help us, How do we start up and what are their requirement. pls reply! thank you.
  • Ibrahim Kutty said on August 13, 2011
    Hi Friends, I am Ibrahim I have plan to start a New Hypermarket @ my home town in Calicut Kerala India, how much I can spend for that..and give some suggestions..Pls. contact me 0097150 9056640
  • Tran Do said on August 22, 2011
    Hi i am Tran from Vietnam, i also want to start a mini supermarket for students in universities. i do not how much money is enough. Can you guide me how to create a finance plan? Thanks a lot!
  • tamilselvi said on August 29, 2011
    Hi I am tamil from a small town in India. i just completed my masters in MBA, and just got an idea of starting a business and i chose to start a supermarket in my town itself, since my town doesn't carry a good (neither) a supermarket or a departmental store. can you please guide me with a summary of telling me how should i proceed with it .. THANK YOU .. please mail me at [email protected]
  • chrispinus ayodi said on September 8, 2011
    Hi I am chrispinus ayodi handa I live in Nairobi-Kenya. I really have an anxiety to start a small supermarket which will be selling school items only such as stationary,uniforms, games items. I think the business can grow since there is no searcher specialized supermarket in town. Pleas guide me on how I can find the fund and how I can start the business
  • Akua Achiamaa said on September 17, 2011
    hi, my name is Akua ,from ghana. my husband and i want to start a supermarket.pls we need an advice on how to write our biz plan and the things that are needed in the supermarket. how to choose employees and accounts keeping. thanks a lot

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