“Starting a Grocery Store Business”
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  • aditya said on August 8, 2010
    Hi . I want to start an indian grocery store in Rhode Island with an investment of 20 to 30 k . Please let me know every thing right from how to get a permission to maintenance of the stores. I would appreciate if let me know as soon as possible. thank you.
  • Peter said on August 13, 2010
    Anybody out there running a successful organic-only produce store (all organic products, with 80% or more of items veggies or fruit). That is my current project (in SF Bay Area).
  • sudhakaran. acharya said on August 15, 2010
    Hi, I want to start an online indian grocery store with minimum investment from Palghat Kerala. Please let me know every thing right from how to get permission from local bodies. I would appreciate if let me know as soon as possible, thank you.
  • Patrick said on August 15, 2010
    We are located in Atlanta GA and can provide frozen entrees, meat products, frozen desserts, and banana boxes. We specialize in frozen food and all of our product is in date and there is no damage. We can ship as far north as PA/NJ and as far south as northern FL. Most of our customers are small independent grocery stores and discount stores, so we are flexible in minimum orders. All of our prices include delivery, so there are not hidden charges and you do not pay until you receive the product.
  • Michael said on August 16, 2010
    I am interested in opening an Asian Grocery store in Central/South New Jersey. Can anyone share their experience with opening a grocery store (ASIAN) and where/how to find distributors in the area.. Any help would be great..
  • Sreeni said on August 16, 2010
    I am planning to open a India a Indian Grocery in Delray Beach, FL or Boynton Beach, FL. Please advise me your thoughts.
  • Sonja said on August 22, 2010
    I want to start a grocery store in inner city new orleans. I want it to have an american and bodaga flavor. What would the startup costs be?
  • Cathy Goodman said on August 23, 2010
    Just found a location to open a small grocery store in New Jersey. How do I handle the lease agreement? And where can I find suppliers?
  • SK said on August 23, 2010
    Hi Joni or anyone who can assist in starting a grocery store business: Can you please contact me at seekingrb@gmail.com, I would like to hire your services to start a grocery store in southern California. Thanks SK
  • Dennis beginner adviser said on August 25, 2010
    I'd like to provide some of those numbers every body here seems to be looking for. First of all, if you want to be a hands off manager and work on the business and not in it you should be planning on an after tax margin of 1.84% and sorry folks that isn't a typo. Next, the average grocery super market is 46,755 square feet. Not that there aren't a lot of much smaller grocery stores that do really well. However, on a weekly basis you should expect to gross about $11.39 per square foot with a sales per labor hour of about $145. So a 6000 square foot grocery will generate about $68,340 per week. (These numbers by the way are for the US or Canada.) It will take you 471 labor hours. In other words a staff of almost twelve people at a cost of around $10,000 per week. What will you make if you don't work in the store yourself, $1260. If you do manage it yourself then figure somewhere around $2,000-$2,500 a week. How much is such a store worth? Take the owners draw ($1260)* 52 weeks * 4 years = $262,000. Try to keep this in mind, grocery is about huge volumes per square foot and tiny margins. You can't be making mistakes. This isn't a good business for anybody who hasn't come from the grocery trade. Product mix, product placement, open hours, your neighborhood demographics, adequate parking, decent rents, etc. all are key factors. Take, for example, store layout. If you want to cater to the low end of the market place you want to keep your loss leaders and most popular items at the back of the store, however if you are catering to a high end client and trying to maximize your markup then you want lots of open space, maybe a coffee bar, even live entertainment. I teach entrepreneurship. You can check out my website at www.wildmaninstitute.org if you like. I have helped a number of students start grocery stores and am actually helping one right now start a new concept store (20,000 sq ft) in Edmonton, Alberta where I live. It is a very tough business. I'd urge you all to ask yourself why this business? Why not something else? As for people with bad credit, there is always a way. People are welcome to contact me at dennis@wildmaninstitute.org No I am not trying to sell you anything. I'll help if I can.

    Grocery Business Expert

  • Patrick said on August 26, 2010
    Cathy - We could supply all of your fresh meat and frozen products to your location in NJ from our VA warehouse. We have a truck making deliveries in NJ every other week. Email me if you are interested. phardy@salvagedsolutions.com
  • hani said on August 27, 2010
    i would like to open a grocery store in sharjah UAE what are the main steps & points.
  • Kihatto said on August 28, 2010
    I understand the challenges every entrepreneur faces when opening a grocery store.For those looking to open a grocery store i propose a A Grocery Store Business Plan which answer and guide you to a profitable and sustainable business venture.My plan will guide you on;
    - The start up capital required ;start up expenses and initial financing
    - Choosing the best location for your store
    - Identifying target markets and market segmentation
    - Sales and profit margin estimates
    - Marketing strategies and positioning your store
    - Buying products (locating low price wholesalers and retailers ,finding profitable and high demand products),
    - Pricing strategy for your products.
    - Quality control issues and sanitation management
    - Creating relationships with suppliers and distributors
    - Implementation strategy and time-line
    - Financial Plan and Projections including break-even point analysis.
    - A Contingency Plan-Protect yourself from failure.
    I can be contacted on kihatto@live.com
  • michael b. Samuel said on August 28, 2010
    am michael and am trying to put things together to start a grocery store in Osogbo, Osun state capital in Nigeria. I must say your advice & info have been very insightful. I still need expert advice on managing a store especially when you are in partnership with someone who is investing more. Also how well can you make up for bad product with losing much. Thanks
  • ravikumar said on August 30, 2010
    I'm planning to open SuperMarket/Grocery Store/Provisional stores in India and chennai city. Anybody willing to join with me with strong financial background. pls mail me to jravikumar2k@gmail.com
  • janet said on September 6, 2010
    i am looking to open a small store in nyc i need information about where to go to get the license
  • April Williams said on September 15, 2010
    I need some information on opening up a small grocery store in Memphis. someone please provider me with some assistance. me email address is yummie2479@hotmail.com
  • Seun said on September 15, 2010
    I am about opening a grocery store(food) in my neighborhood. Can anybody enlighten on how to raise fund and also the mode of operations. You can reach me on tomwolf27@yahoo.ca
  • Matt burgess said on September 19, 2010
    I own a 76,000 sq ft space in missouri with a population of 80,000 that circulate through our area the only real competition is wal-mart and everyone hates it no fresh of anything does anyone know a consulting firm on opening a grocery store matt@molandcompany.com
  • dawit said on September 20, 2010
    hi dear my name is dawit i need help to open small ethiopian grocery store in portland oregon if u can help me some ideas i will be happy .my email is dvtome@yahoo.com thanks
  • Robert D. Davido said on September 20, 2010
    Denver Wholesale Foods, located at 308 Washington Street, Denver, PA 17517, Robert D. Davido, Cell 717-829-3067. Please feel free to call me Robert D. Davido to help with all your close out products dry, frozen or refrigerated. Look forward to helping you grow your business.
  • medina husean said on September 25, 2010
    hi I want to start small dollar store or any grocery store but I do not know how can I start and how much money do I need for. please I need some help and you can reach me medinahusean@yahoo.com thankyou.
  • Teri said on September 30, 2010
    Hello Raylott, You were mentioning a very large Farm in Fl where you are purchasing at a very convenient price. Would you mind sharing their contact info or name/address?? my email is teriq45@yahoo.com
  • Rebecca said on October 2, 2010
    My sister and I are trying to start a little store and I found this very helpful. However I am having some difficultly finding funds. A business plan is needed and I have so many questions in regards on where to begin. Any thoughts will be very much welcome. Lots of information out there and finding it overwhelming.
  • jaleel said on October 5, 2010
    i am in dubai, i like to open a shop in uk how much capital i need and what i have to do for it, and one more thing how i can process paper work from dubai if i make contract in uk for show how much time it will be take...please give me information
  • Ahmad said on October 5, 2010
    Hi Joni, if you don't mind Please share your plan and knowledge with me as well @ ahmad.rabmal@live.ca Thanks!
  • India store said on October 5, 2010
    Sreeni, we already an Indian grocery store around his area that we are looking to sell, due to pending retirement. Please email me to bjpconcepts@bjpconcepts.com
  • RAA said on October 9, 2010
    Hey everybody! I too am also looking to open a grocery store. So far, I have found a small corner location at a 4-way lighted intersection. 1000 sq. ft., with a lot of potential. I need to do some build out and clean up. Add fixtures, coolers and product, and then open the doors for business. Any business is a constant work in progress because of growth and/or any unforeseen problems that pop up. My advice is to start out with a small store so that when your business does grow your experience will grow with it. Therefore as you fuse your personality into the business this will create the all important "repeat customer". The "repeat customer" is the key component to the growth and success of your store. I give this little tidbit of advice only from tons of business ownership experience, but owning your own business is the only way to go. Thanks for reading!
  • Leah said on October 14, 2010
    Hello! I am looking to open a small store specializing in local food products, plus organics. There is a similar store that I know of located a few hours from where I live, and they are doing fantastic! I have tried to reach the owners for business advice, but haven't gotten anywhere with them. Would anyone suggest buying over renting? Or is renting the norm when it comes to this type of business? Also, is it difficult to achieve permits for small grocery businesses? And lastly, is it usually possible to purchase/rent a building with a suitable downstairs for the business and an upstairs for living? Is it possible to have a building coded commercial and residential? Thanks!
  • Audrey Simmons said on October 17, 2010
    Hi, Joni. I'd like to get your ideas on how to open a wholesale grocery store. I want to open one downtown LA to cater to low income populations in that area. Most are on foodstamps or general relief and do not have enough food to last through the month with the current high priced food retailers in that area. My email address is veteranliveworklofts@yahoo.com. I'm completely serious.
  • Ebun A said on October 18, 2010
    where can you get international foods on whole sale? where can you buy grocery foods and get the max profit? how do you determine how to price the foods? how much would it cost to start a cafe business that's open for 24 hrs?
  • satish said on October 20, 2010
    i am planing for a mini mart for all grocery items but finding difficulties in searching correct supplier of all items can i have a assistance about my query near to nainital please.
  • Dylan said on October 22, 2010
    Hi everyone i live in a small town in alabama and want to open a grocery store but i'm not sure how to buy the supplies for it would anyone happen to know how i should look for them? if any one happens to know please email me at baldwinboy813@hotmail.com Thank.
  • Amarnath Reddy Mettu said on October 26, 2010
    Hi Guys, I am from Hyderabad, India. I can help people to setup Indian Grocery Stores, In INDIA & USA. I had Experience in spices, I am in to Restaurant Business. If Interested Email me. My Email is amarmettu@hotmail.com
  • Betsy said on October 27, 2010
    I am planning to open a small neighborhood Grocery Store in Staten Island, New York. I would like as much information as possible. Such as requirements for obtaining an Alcohol, Lotto, Food Handling Licenses; Insurance; Leasing. Important facts on owning a small business. Please e-mail your knowledge on owning a small business in New York to BMARTINO83@aol.com. Thank you.
  • Ram said on November 1, 2010
    I am planning to start a grocery store. I wanna know about the complete details of inventory control and margin details for the indian products. I am gonna open a store in Tamilnadu in INDIA. pls give the detils to me.
  • Dorothy Massenburg said on November 9, 2010
    can you sell lotto, and cig on Grocery food mobile truck
  • Marika said on November 11, 2010
    I would like to open a fresh fruit and vegetable shop in Knebworth United kingdom. what licenses are needed? where do i get fridges etc and how do i get permission from the local people?
  • Raju said on November 11, 2010
    hi I am a grocery wholesale merchant in Chennai (Madras)India. I can help you sourcing any grocery item and spices. my id is 2rajujk@gmail.com
  • Kamal said on November 13, 2010
    Hi Amarnath, I want to start a grocery store in Hyderabad. Want to now how much would be the minimum investment and the license requirement and also do we require any kind of permission from any government office. my mail id.vk_kamalgoud@yaho.com
  • legacy4 said on December 5, 2010
    Hi Joni, I too am looking to open a neighborhood grocery store. Looking for tips on business plan and operations. Email is legacyivu@gmail.com.
  • James Davies said on December 7, 2010
    Ashburn Georgia. I am retired from the Army and wanted to give back to the community I grew up in. Whenever i go home there is only one grocery store and the prices are outlandish. it is like this business has a Monopoly which is illegal. I wanted to know what and how can I start my own grocery store business to compete with this other company!
  • DAVE said on December 7, 2010
    Hello, I live in Edmonton Alberta Canada. And I want to start a grocery business here as its quite difficult getting a good job. Please can anybody out there furnish me with the necessary informations about the government agencies to meet for licenses, permits and the possible sources of getting the commodities for sale. I want to focus more on AfroCaribean, Indian and Asian foods to start with. I'll be grateful if you can include the approved cost of the permits and Licenses for this business in Edmonton Alberta Canada. However, more info on the estimated amount to start the said business in the above mentioned location will be appreciated. Thanks for your prompt reply via my email: star1live@yahoo.co.uk Thanks.
  • Florence said on December 7, 2010
    Hello, My name is Florence I live in Eatonton, Georgia. I am thinking about opening up a grocery store. I would like to know if there are any grants that I can apply for for people with bad credit. Is it better to rent than to own your own business? Around how much capital is needed to open a grocery store. How can I find vendors? Where to purchase a business license? I have a few questions that I would like help with. Could you please email me at florrence1984@yahoo.com
  • Victor said on December 11, 2010
    Hello, My name is Victor. I live in Dayton, Ohio. The common theme I am seeing with all of these posts is that most everyone hasn't done basic background research on grocery stores in their area. Most people are looking to open a small grocery store (these are desperately needed in all 3,066 counties throughout the United States), and most people don't know how to look up distributors. Start by looking at your states' Secretary of State website or wherever you have to file incorporation/LLC paperwork. Look up all the small grocery stores in your county/state and use the NAICS codes (business type code assigned by state), search for "food wholesaler, distributor, etc., and do market research. WWW.OTTOSMARKET.COM is a small store in Germantown, New York. Chech out their website and compare what they sell, their customer base (use u.s. census bureau statistics for population, average income, racial/ethnic makeup, etc.). Compare Germantown, N.Y. to your local area/city. Also, you need a lot of traffic - use the Dept. of Transportation to find out the average number of automobiles that go buy the location of your store. These are just some basic things to do for your business, marketing, and advertising plans that you will need. Good luck, but more importantly - good researching!
  • Victor said on December 11, 2010
    Hello again, This is Victor from Dayton, Ohio. I just wanted to say I misspelled by (used buy instead) - oops (insomnia does that) and I also misspelled check. The reason you want to use the U.S. Census Bureau information is because it is so vast. Think about it. Want to know how many asians live in your zip code? The U.S. Census Bureau knows. Want to know where the wealthiest or poorest zip code, city, or neighborhood is in your state? Census Bureau again. Having a small take out deli or catering business along with your small grocery adds customers, especially at lunch time. However, you should have many businesses within a 1-2 mile radius of your store. Ethnic stores should be started near major ethnic populations. Always do the market research first - it is a lot easier AND cheaper to erase some mistakes on paper BEFORE you start your business. USE THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY - YOU PAY FOR IT EVERYDAY!!!
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  • Talib Mohammad said on December 19, 2010
    I am currently working in a large company distributing brands items, my plan is to open my own supermarket and I am looking for a local partner to start on healthy financial frame.
  • candler said on December 19, 2010
    Starting a grocery business in Conyers Ga. USA with a new concept or idea. This store will appeal to the customer's convenience through the modern day electronic/computer age. Which intern will deduct a large quantity of overhead. Need information from the ground floor level in order to run and operate a productive store.
  • elizabeth said on December 29, 2010
    I want to open a small deli/grocery I wonder what the profit margins are for selling foods bought at wholesale
  • danel said on December 29, 2010
    I want to start my small grocery store business in Brockton, Ma, USA. I just want to know how much capital do I need? Where to get a discount store fixtures and supplies? I love to sell mostly Asian, caribean and American products. This is going to be a family run business. Any ideas how to go about it? Thanks.
  • Azaar said on January 10, 2011
    I am very interested in opening up a supermarket in Baltimoe City. I believe that the area I live in is desperate need of a supermarket that is near for those who do not own a vehicle. I am also interested in your knowledge of how do I go about asking a franchise from a different state to open up a supermarket in Baltimore City. How much do you think it would cost to run a supermarket that is not franchised and franchised for one year including employees?
  • Robert said on January 15, 2011
    Azaar, What size is your building? Does the building have easy access? What type of sales are you looking for? How many Departments will the store have? What are the demographics of the area, and the community draw, population ( 1 mile, 3 mile, 5 mile radius )? These are just some questions you need to answer. With out these it is hard to develop a location and its needs. What is the comp. like in the area. To many stores in an area is not good. I hope this help you out.

    Matt burgess your e-mail is not working
  • Carm said on January 18, 2011
    I am interested in opening up an organic food store in a high end town in Ontario Canada. It will be the size of a convenience store and will offer customers the ability to walk in and out for their basic needs like milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables. My main selling points: 1)fruits and vegetables from local farms 2)A quick and easy experience for customers close to home. No need to search through numerous aisles to find the one or two items that you quickly need to pick up I would like it to be almost like a convenience store where a customer does not have to spend a lot of time searching through different organic products to find what they are looking for. How much do you think this will cost me to start up in a high end town? Does this sound like a good idea? There are some other larger organic food stores in my town but I find its an "experience" to have over the weekend for an hour to two when you have more time on your hands. I would like to find a location close to a residential area to open up this type of business. Your thoughts?
  • David said on January 20, 2011
    I wanna open up a grocery store in Los Angeles. I already found a few good locations and just need to pick one. And I got in touche with suppliers. Now, how do I open it up? Where do I go? What do I do next? Thanks
  • Joan said on January 25, 2011
    I want to open a grocery store in karama. Pleaze tell me about grocery, How much fees of all, i am living in Karama, Dubai - U.A.E.
  • patty said on January 26, 2011
    hello everyone, we purchased a up and running salvage grocery store with our 401k money in sept 2010. we thought that everyone needs to eat, right? but with the economy the way it is and the dollar stores, save a lots and walmarts around, we are dying a slow death. we make just enough money to pay the overhead and stock...that is it...nothing for us to live on :( i WOULD NEVER do this over again. think think think before you start down this path. the big guys have sooo much more purchasing power than you ever will...
  • Chetan Jagtap said on January 27, 2011
    hi...if any one need help for sourcing goods from india, please mail me chetan@expack.in or sonaaisexports@gmail.com we are Exporter, Consultant, Trader, custom & shipping agent, freight forwarder based in mumbai, mostly dealing in Imitation jewelery, Brass / steel utensils, religious articles, Ladies garments, Furniture, household Goods….any many more categories. supplying many shops in europe & UK
  • Dhirajan Khatiwada said on January 27, 2011
    he he he I read everyone's comment but did you have any idea, that how my business idea can BEAT TESCO, SAINSBURY, MORRISSION I have got a really really SURPRISING IDEA...... thankx to all. My contact email khatiwadainfo@yahoo.co.uk
  • J said on February 3, 2011
    I have a number of mini open front coolers for sale! cheapest price, 1 year old and I am located in Ontario, Canada Contact me asap because they will be gone fast!
  • Jewel said on February 6, 2011
    Brunsiwck County. North Carolina. I am interested in opening a general store. Need information on starting up.
  • Jack Crouch said on February 7, 2011
    I want to buy an existing small town Grocery store. The store has been owned by the same family for about 40 years and they are wanting to sell sometime in the next 6 months. They know I am interested and we have just started to discuss the purchase price. The town is in Central Texas and has a population of about 800-1000 people and the nearest other grocery store is about 30 minutes away. My main question is when I approach a bank to acquire the business loan, what will I need: 20% down, Business plan, Store Tax Returns for X amount of years, etc....I know there are things I will need. I just want to have all my ducks in a row before I walk thru the bank doors. my email is jaxrbtr69@yahoo.com
  • simon said on February 9, 2011
    I want to open a Grocery store in Dominican Republic do you know how much that will cost me?
  • shawn beginner adviser said on February 10, 2011
    We r an Indian co. named NTC , want to set up Fresh , Green Vegetable shop Business in UK which can Import & Export , wholesale Vegetable. Pls give me detail with Low Cost rented shop , fooding , lodging , taxes , other rules & regulation & other if needed .


  • Prasad said on February 12, 2011
    I would like to open Indian grocery store in NJ. I would like to know how I get in touch with suppliers, and other logistics. I am looking for some guidance, and appreciate if any help. My email id is thulasiprasad@yahoo.com.
  • Ricky Hickman said on February 19, 2011
    Ethnic Goods Store, Wheelersburg OH. I am starting a ethnic goods store in my hometown, there are none around here for at least 100 miles, Columbus Oh, North. My wife is from the Philippines and this has been a dream for us both for a long time. I am starting this business from home first, before moving to a rental.

    I need to know how to get product at a cheap price so I can pass on the savings to the customer. I have looked on line for wholesalers but most will not sale to me because I am not a full fledged business yet. Any suggestions on how to get this started? Rick Hickman
  • Dan Arminio said on February 19, 2011
    Hi, I have 20 years experience in the retail grocery business with one company as a store manager and Asst.Store Manager. I am interested in opening my own store in North or central jersey. If I found a location, judging from these demographics Could you give me a rough idea for start up costs; money put aside for payroll?, etc. I would think it would be family owned and take it from there; not a subsidiary, ex: foodtown, Shoprite. I need a rough idea on start up costs if it was a 20,000-30,000 sq ft. store. Thank you!
  • Shree said on February 25, 2011
    I would like to open a super market in UK . Could any one advise me pls
  • Twinkle said on February 26, 2011
    Hi Guys, Can some please help me.. I am moving to new place in couple of months and i have realized that there is no convenience store in radius of 10 kms.. i got no experience. But i am pretty sure its gonna do well if i initiate.. I am going to speak to someone for leasing a shop. If you could please send me some information at ptwinkle@gmail.com that would be much appreciated. Cheers.
  • Tammie said on March 3, 2011
    I would like to open a family grocery store I believe I have enough money saved and would like to know where can I purchase equipment. Please advise me (Philadelphia) tammie4miller@yahoo.com
  • kavita said on March 6, 2011
    Melton, Melbourne. Hi i find a good location in my area for a Indian grocery store and i just apply for council permission. but we don't know next step. Please if any one can help in there can u please email me.tonykalkal@yahoo.com.au.thanks
  • Linda said on March 14, 2011
    Princeton, NJ Unusual location and opportunity: previously a grocery with a food preparation/service area downtown Princeton, NJ. Owner is planning to redevelop the property. Space is available for well below market rate for one year +/-. Please respond with phone number and contact information. Thanks
  • Krish said on March 14, 2011
    Hi Tulasi Prasad, Did you open the grocery shop in NJ or not yet? If you did can i ask some information? i want to open in California. Krish
  • Julie said on March 15, 2011
    Hi I am planning to open an Indian Grocery store in Toronto and having a huge challenge in sourcing out lentils, beans, chickpeas, spices, etc. from local distributors. Everyone wants to sell in wholesale quantities. I am looking for customized packaging of what is offered in Indian grocery stores. Does anyone know the list of the suppliers in Toronto who may be able to offer competitive pricing with customized packages for independent retail Indian Grocery store? Thanks.
  • Betch said on March 24, 2011
    Hi, I'm planning to establish a convenience store here in Philippines. My problem is, I don't know how to start. Can you please help me if what questions I need to ask to customers? and this serve as my survey. thanks
  • m.y.lakhani said on March 25, 2011
    hi, i am planning to open grocery/super market in dubai but still i have not full information about dubai market anyone who can guide me, thanks. i am in dubai ,is any franchiser locally/international for convenience store for dubai? i shall be grateful if any one guide me. thanks
  • chene said on March 27, 2011
    i would want to start a grocery wholesale in zimbabwe. i don't know the posts for people to employ and their duties please help and how to manage it
  • sharea said on March 31, 2011
    Hello, I'm just starting my new lifestyle as a vegan and I want to open the first vegan market in the Akron, Ohio area. My problem is figuring out where to get my products from. I've done some research on what companies have vegan friendly products but I don't know how to go about getting food delivered to me, or even how to contact the companies
  • Prashant said on April 1, 2011
    Hi, I am also looking forward to set up a supply chain business initially in delhi. I will be delivering fruits and vegetables. So, any of you who has got a shop running or want to do something like this, then contact me at prashantyadav15@gmail.com. it does not matter if u have a shop or not. even if u want to start, contact me either via mail or this site. Looking forward to talking to some of you
  • Nadeem said on April 6, 2011
    Hi everyone. I am planning to open a medium scale grocery store in Karachi Pakistan. My motto would be to provide everything to customer under one roof. Can anyone tell me what is the profit margin in grocery retail business. If any one can give me tips. My email is nadeem_mmus@yahoo.com
  • china said on April 17, 2011
    Hi everyone I want to start getting my imported foods out for people to sample. I would like to simply have a stand for people to simply sample my foods....any thoughts? permits? laws??
  • fereshteh said on April 26, 2011
    Hi I have a mini mart in dubai and I really need help to find a way to make it profitable ,
  • Bryan said on April 26, 2011
    my location is PA, USA. hello all, i am 20 years old. i am interested to open my own business in the future. i want to know what is the best recommend. such as in how to open and what to do and what i need to know and what is useful tips when open a business and etc.... should i take business management class? what else am i missing? thanks in advance if you help me. take care.
  • Obi said on April 28, 2011
    Hello every one i a plan to open an African only grocery store in the city of Calgary in Alberta Canada. Please i would like some one to give me an idea on how i would go about it. Here is my email obiokan@hotmail.com. Thanks regards to you all
  • Dodline Bien-Aime said on April 28, 2011
    Hello every one my name is Dodline I have this big plan to open a grocery store in Haiti because we don't have a store where people can go in to shop or family can come and feel it a self place to shop and feel welcome after earthquake everything is the same nothing change yet but I feel like I can make a difference in some people life and family and that will help create jobs for the people that don't have nothing this plan it big it gonna take long time but I just need advice in help please see what you can help me with
  • Shaun Ruiters beginner adviser said on May 3, 2011
    I enjoy hearing from people who are passionate about their vision in the food retail industry. I have extensive retail experience in multi-national Supermarket Groups in South Africa and Africa in both operations and development. Some advice that comes to mind based on some of the comments that I have read:

    - you MUST have a passion for retail and food
    - location, location, location (need I say more!)
    - understand your market (there are companies out there that do gap analysis)
    - you need to understand your customer AND your competitors
    - you need to look for opportunities within your own market and capitalize on this
    - retail is detail, therefore open your store every day as if you were opening for the first time
    - a good foundation is important, i.e. the set up of your store, design, customer flow, category flow, etc.
    - it is a huge operation to set-up a store, so to reduce start-up costs and also co-ordinate all the necessary professionals, contractors etc., utilize the skills of professionals in the industry, such as a retail project manager.
    You are welcome to chat further via e-mail.


  • David said on May 4, 2011
    Seriously want to get involve in local retail convenience store business in Fairfield Co. CT. Have significant experience in retail and customer services. Actively searching for an opportunity. Also I would certainly need outside financing for this venture. I would also be very interested in exploring the option of being involved in a partnership arrangement where I could be an active (actually running the daily operations)partner. Anybody serious about this idea and be able to finance this, please get in touch with me. dkchanda2003@yahoo.com
  • betty ramos said on May 5, 2011
    i want to open grocery or restaurant in philippines. i'm planing this year.hope you can help me to fine nice location. but not in manila.i need very soon.
  • Usha Gupta said on May 8, 2011
    i want to open grocery or restaurant in Australia"Sydney". i'm planing to start soon. i am a indian citizen and hope to start soon with my husband, my daughter is a permanent citizen of australia, we hope to stay with her. plz help me to start soon in low budget. kindly need help very soon. We can even work in any shop of this kind.
  • Sandra said on May 15, 2011
    Hello, I am planning to start my grocery store in central Florida. Due to this terrible economy, I am apprehensive and my husband more than me. He has been working in the retail business most of his life and has a good idea of this business. We are now wanting to open our own grocery store in the little town we live in. We have a Super Walmart 8 miles down the street from us and a Winn-Dixie. However, no grocery store closer and around our area. Please help us understand how in these bad times can someone on no income at this time get grants or help from the government to start their own business? I have in the past tried the small business administration and did not get very far. I need honest to goodness good information. Many thanks...my e-mail address is highfieldsandy@yahoo.com
  • hassan said on May 22, 2011
    San Francisco, Ca. I just opened up a small produce market about 1200sf with sale of 60% grocery and 40% produce. I would like to know what is the markup and also the percentage of payroll and other expenses. Thank you.
  • David Alexander said on May 26, 2011
    Many Independent grocery wholesalers have retail supervisors, to assist in any opening and offer their expertise, in fact many wholesalers have build/design departments to help out, will give you floor and equipment plans-it's business for them, so usually theirs no upfront charge for these services-they can also do a site "survey" to give you a range of sales, depending on the size of the store. Anyone thinking of opening their own store-call the grocery wholesalers, vendors are salesman, the grocery wholesalers have the expertise- they have meat/produce/deli/bakery retail specialists, that will be happy to help you, they can tell you what you need for equipment, and labor, they can bring you to other successful stores to look at their operation from the inside, and point out why they are successful, I am one of these specialists-and have helped many new owners. And some of these wholesalers will assist you in a business plan (they have accountants) From A-Z they can help you, and they are the experts.
  • Gilberto said on May 26, 2011
  • Hassan said on May 31, 2011
    Hi friendz..i am looking for the shop keepers who did open their shop recently and don't know about electricity and gas bills in UK ,,so i have got complete solution of that. even if they want to change their supplier.so send me just email me .. so i will be the best person to assist you .. edesk.uk@gmail.com
  • hardeep said on June 6, 2011
    hello i would like to open a convenience store but i don't have any retail experience. So could anyone please give me any ideas of what low maintenance businesses are right for me? I would also like too know whether a franchise business or private business is better. Any suggestions would be great thank you.
  • henry anderson said on June 7, 2011
    I want to open a super market(grocery store)in city of southfield, michigan. I need an idea of how much does it cost to start up a super market
  • P Suresh kumar said on June 9, 2011
    Hi, I am planning to start a super market(grocery & vegetable store) in my native place which is located at Periapattu, Chidambaram(Tk), Tamil Nadu, India. There already few stores are there. Its in highway between cuddalore & chidambaram. I am working as software engineer. For the last 10 yrs i was working for others. Now i wants to work for mine & will give job opportunity to few members. Could any one suggest 1. What is the legal procedure
    2. How much land we need it
    3. What is the total cost for the projects
    All your suggestions are welcome. Regards, Suresh
  • ramesh said on June 12, 2011
    Hi,Can you share your skills with me. I want to open a small grocery store in Malaysia. I want to know about legal procedure, suppliers and some tips. thanks
  • Charles Baldwin said on June 15, 2011
    Watford, Hertfordshire, UK. We own a home run grocery business selling Asian foods. A lot of our business is internet based, as we get about 65000 hits per month on our website. We have used agents in different areas to market our products and call in the orders to us. We then package the orders and deliver to our agent, who in turn, delivers to the customer. We pay our agents a commission based upon sales. Anyone in the UK looking for suppliers of Asian products can contact us.
  • MOHAMMED said on June 27, 2011
    I have 35 years experience a to z in food in dubai whole sale market i am looking finance about $: 1.5 million (but one condition do not break the rule of nature or break the rule of land) if any one interested give me terms and condition


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