How to Start a WIC Store

Are you someone who wants to become an authorized vendor for the government's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)?

Prepare and apply to become a store owner where WIC customers can redeem their food vouchers. Learn from our guide the basics of how to start a WIC store.

To improve the health of women, infant and children from low-income families, the U.S. government created a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Under the program, participants are given vouchers that they can use to get nutritious food items such as milk, cheese, and cereal. These vouchers can only be redeemed at WIC stores. If you are someone who wants to serve this market, you can start a WIC store.

The basics of starting a WIC store is much like starting a regular grocery or retail store. The difference is you have to make sure you are selling WIC approved items. Then you have to apply and pass the requirements in operating a WIC store in order to be authorized as a WIC vendor. Here are some steps you will have take to open a WIC store:  

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  • Look for the Web site of your health services department or your state WIC program and read all pertinent information on how to apply and get authorized as a WIC vendor.
  • Download the application package and pay particular attention to what basic items WIC stores are required to have in order to be authorized.
  • Find: a suitable location for the store, suppliers with which you can source your inventory for WIC authorized food, and businesses that sell or rent out grocery store fixtures.
  • Incorporate your business or register it. Get the necessary permits and licenses in operating a grocery store.
  • Enter into a lease agreement for a store space, and enter into contracts with suppliers.
  • Refit the store and furnish it with fixtures (cash registers, computer, telephone, security system, refrigerators, display racks and shelves) as well as goods that you will sell. Properly display your business permits and licenses.
  • Open your store and start operation. Make sure to comply with all retailing laws and ordinances and maintain a clean record in preparation for your application to become a WIC authorized vendor.
  • Come up with all the requirements specified in the application package and send your application to your state’s WIC office.
  • Wait while the office review your application and schedule you for background check (integrity check), training, testing, and on-site inspection.
  • If all goes well, you will receive a signed, executed vendor agreement that will allow you to entertain WIC food vouchers.

In order to be approved as a WIC vendor, make sure to send a properly filled and completed application to avoid delays in approval, which usually takes at least three months.

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403 Comments

  • Nick Espinoza said on September 6, 2009
    This sounds very interesting!! I want to open a WIC Store. Can you send me more information on this?
  • Sherrita Parmer said on October 14, 2009
    I'm trying to open a Wic store but I don't know where to start. Our how to get the application. Can someone pls. help me
  • Schlethia Harrison said on October 20, 2009
    I am very interested in starting my own WIC store, but don't know where to begin. Please send me more information on the start up as well as the application. Thanks!
  • Gia said on October 22, 2009
    I want to know if you need to have a location and items while waiting to be approved for your application
  • Elena said on October 22, 2009
    Hi I need more info on how to start the process, can you please send me more info and the application! Thanks! and best of luck to every one else!
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  • Nakesia Washington said on December 6, 2009
    Can you forward me suppliers with which you can source your inventory for WIC authorized food in Georgia.
  • Renee A. said on December 13, 2009
    Hello ~ I am interested in more information in opening a WIC store in the Atlanta area. My business is located in Mableton, GA. I would also like a list of suppliers for inventory and an application. Thank you and have a great day!
  • Latangela Phipps said on December 14, 2009
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  • Happy Dallas said on December 21, 2009
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  • Mrs. Shantia said on December 28, 2009
    I am interested in starting a wic store in a city in Georgia. My question is the same as #8. Do I need an operating store with items before I submit my application? Thanks
  • booker jackson said on December 30, 2009
    i am in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. How can I start a WIC store here.
  • Tiffany Moss said on January 4, 2010
    Does any of the rules and regulations change because I live in a commonwealth? I would love to start such a business where I live however my husband is expecting to have his job transferred in less than 5 years, would it be profitable in less than 5 years, and would it be a business that would appeal to another if I needed to sell it?
  • Tiffany Powell said on January 5, 2010
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  • Dewayne Stanley said on January 7, 2010
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  • Michelle Rivera said on January 31, 2010
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  • Cathrina Gonzales said on February 3, 2010
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    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. HELLO, I HAVE BEEN A DAYCARE PROVIDER FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS IN STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. I HAVE RECENTLY EXPERIENCED A DRASTIC DROP IN MY CLIENTS, DUE TO THE DOWNTURN OF THE ECONOMY. SO I AM FORCE TO LOOK AT OTHER OPTIONS, AND THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD FIT. HOWEVER, I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. IS THERE ANY START-UP INFORMATION YOU CAN FORWARD ME? IF SO, PLEASE INFORM ME. THANKS!
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  • Kimberly Perry said on March 8, 2010
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    I'm trying to open a wic store in decatur, ga. and the westside of atlanta, Where do I get an application and how do I gain funding?
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    Hi, I would like more information on starting a WIC store in Marin County in California. Such as starting capital, state requirements, and any info that will help. Thank you in advance.
  • Shun said on April 7, 2010
    I'm trying to open a wic store in Gwinnett and the west side of atlanta, Where do I get an application and how do I gain funding?
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    Send me more info about where to find the application on starting up a wic store.
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    hey i want to know more about starting a wic business in college park , georgia and where can i redeem an application?
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  • Danielle Bright said on April 25, 2010
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  • sofia said on April 26, 2010
    Hi, I have a store in Morongo valley. So I need to know how I can authorize for a wic. I have a food stamp in my store city Morongo Valley. I send u address 49643 29 palm hwy morongo valley CA 92256 USA
  • Melinda Bush said on April 27, 2010
    Hi, I am looking to open a WIC only store in Sarasota, FL. What I found out by contacting the administration for WIC for the state i'm in and he informed me to open my store and complete their application and they will go from there. But I don't know the start up cost. If anyone know please email me mb4christ@hotmail.com
  • Shaunell Robinson said on May 2, 2010
    Im interested in opening a store in Atlanta Ga.
  • roxan anderson said on May 3, 2010
    I'm very much interested in opening up a wic store in my neighborhood. Can you please send me some information about it.
  • Shameko Dabney said on May 3, 2010
    I am really interested to start a WIC store in EastPoint, Ga USA
  • Morgan Malawski said on May 3, 2010
    I am interested in starting a WIC store, but I don't know where to begin. So if anyone have valuable information please send me a email. All what is the start up fee.
  • sharon roberts said on May 4, 2010
    I want to start a WIC store in South Carolina and in New York City. Can someone point me in the right direction?
  • JoAnne Manns said on May 4, 2010
    I would like to start a store in Sandy Springs, GA and Roswell, GA.
  • Janet Brooks said on May 6, 2010
    My name is janet and i would like to open a wic store in miami, please advise which direction i need to take...
  • B. Cothran said on May 6, 2010
    Hi! I'm very much interested in starting a wic store in Cleveland, OH and Marietta, GA, USA. If you could please give me more information on how to get started it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  • tanya donwell said on May 6, 2010
    i would like to start a store in austell, ga please send me more information on how to become a wic vendor please. you can send me the information to my address: 7104 henandoah trail austell, ga 30168
  • George said on May 8, 2010
    I am looking to sell my WIC ONLY, store i am in California and its a great location, i own a small chain of yogurt location and dont want to continue with this business as a matter of fact i haven't open my doors. Don't miss out i got a ll my permits and its fully stocked, register are touch screen and build in refrigerators, Looks great!@!!!
  • violette jean louis said on May 8, 2010
    Red Door 99 cent & Grocery store, 6400 pembroke Road, miramar fl 33023. I'm interested to have a license to accept wic in my store. How can you help me, please.
  • ashley yarborough said on May 8, 2010
    i'm interested in opening a wic store in dekalb county could you give me all the information that i would need so that my application wont get delayed
  • Cicely said on May 9, 2010
    I'm interested in opening a WIC store in Dekalb or Rockdale County, GA and I would like to get more information on how to get this business started.
  • ray said on May 13, 2010
    i have a couple things on record, no felonies, what are they looking for on a integrity check
  • April said on May 24, 2010
    Blessings! I am extremely interested in opening a WIC store and motivated to finding out the start up process. I have tried to download the application from the web but I have not been successful. Would someone please email the entire package, and any other information that could further assist me in this new faith venture? Thanks a billion, God Bless All Of You!!!
  • Jay ing said on May 25, 2010
    I would like to start a wic store? can you please help me. location 1113 e. roosvelt stockton ca. 95204. can you please send me the paper work? Thank you God Bless. 209-430-5448
  • Terrance said on June 5, 2010
    I'm interested in starting a WIC store. I have desperately been trying to get information for 3 months now please email me the information i need to get started.
  • vanessa smith said on June 6, 2010
    Houston tx 77036. Please send me information on how to get the application. I want to start a wic store in Houston Tx.
  • Kemp said on June 8, 2010
    Please send info about the average start with the wic store. I am interested in starting a wic store in georgia. Can you purchase the wic food from any store or do you need to contact a vendor?
  • Vidal Chavez said on June 9, 2010
    Los Fresnos, Tx USA. Please send me more information on how to open my own WIC store. Include; WIC application, requirements, restrictions, and any other material that I will need. Thank you!
  • eli rodriguez said on June 11, 2010
    i would like to open a wic store in concord ca. how can i start please send me wic application, requirements, restriction and all information i could need thank you
  • L saunders said on June 12, 2010
    Please email me an application about opening a wic store in the Florida and Georgia Market Thank you for your help
  • c.johnson said on June 13, 2010
    Please send me any info on how to start a wic only store.I went to one in orlando, fl last week with my sister. I never knew that they were out there, so it got me thinking that is something i could start in my area. So if you could e-mail me please.
  • Tabatha Cook said on June 14, 2010
    I would like to open a WIC office in Atlanta, Ga USA. I would I get started
  • beola said on June 14, 2010
    I would love to open a WIC store in georgia . PLEASE CONTRACT ME ASAP
  • Mr. Jones said on June 15, 2010
    I have 2 stores and would possibly be interested in selling both stores. My stores are located in Atlanta, GA.
  • abdou yaddas said on June 21, 2010
    please can you call me mr jones from ga or e mail me back at abdou_yaddas@hotmail.com my cell 334 5386256
  • matt salas said on June 22, 2010
    I want to start a wic store i got the package but does not say how much is it to start up PLEASE IF SOMEONE KNOW HOW MUCH IS IT CALL ME OR TEXT ME AT 956-5370812 THANK YOU.
  • Lillie said on June 25, 2010
    Dallas, Tx, I am trying to open a wic store and no one will give me direction on how to do this or how much money is needed to open.
  • mark Fitzpatrick said on June 29, 2010
    Hi, My name is Mark and I am in the buisness of selling Used store fixtures. I have sold fixtures to many WIC start up stores owners. I provide all shelving counters, refrigeration- self contained or remote..All back room storage shelving. AS well as installation Call 702-883-8792 for quote.
  • Torrance Raines said on July 6, 2010
    I would like to open up a WIC store. Please send me the information you have on the startup.
  • rich ferrino said on July 6, 2010
    I would like to open WIC STORE. Please send me info. u have to start up store in Chino Ca.
  • Luis Sterling said on July 8, 2010
    I can Help any one to open A WIC store just email me your contact info and I will set u up... luis@gbtpos.com
  • Shajuana Ellis said on July 8, 2010
    I would like more information about starting a WIC store in Riverdale, GA and Thomasville, GA. If you could please give me a guide for how to begin. I would also like the link to the application.
  • C.Holloway said on July 9, 2010
    I would love to open a WIC store Houston TX. Don't know where to start if you could please send me some information that would be great. And also the link for the application.
  • Joseph Perry said on July 9, 2010
    May this reach the right person. I am a full time college student at GA State Univ., majoring in Accounting and my mother is currently unemployed. I was looking to open a business and stumbled along this website. I would like to know more about starting a WIC store in Atlanta, more specific DeKalb County. Please email me step by step process and how much it may cost to get the business up and running. You can also contact me 404.936.5559 please contact me when you have time. Thank you and have a wonderful day.
  • AMY said on July 11, 2010
    I would like to open a wic store in GA, I need information about wic authorize suppliers and any other info that will help me get started. My e-mail is saintballa@yahoo.com
  • Chante Dailey said on July 18, 2010
    I would love to open a WIC store in Lawrenceville, GA, I need more information about how to get start

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