How to Start Up a Grocery Store
Opening a mini-grocery can be a lucrative business venture, especially if you live in a city with little competition. When people are looking for specialty foods or ingredients that can't be found at the corner store or neighborhood supermarket, they typically head to small grocers, also called mini-grocery stores. Such retail establishments sell food and items that are uncommon or not carried by bigger stores.
To set up your mini-grocery store you'll need to address the legalities, find a location, acquire equipment, choose suppliers and advertise your business.
Grocery Store Market Research
The grocery store industry is competitive and dominated by several big name companies. Therefore, you need to identify an underserved niche market in your local area that your mini-market can serve. For example, Cal-Mart, a family owned store in San Francisco, provides locally sourced fresh produce and quality sandwiches made to order. Other ideas include stocking: