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Old 29-06-2007, 10:13 PM
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If you owned a building (current business that occupies the building is closing) and Wal-Mart was opening its doors across the street in a previously unoccupied area (along with 12-14 small shops), what type of business would you start?

Here are the considerations:

1. Money is a non-factor
2. Building is fairly large (10,000) square feet
3. Building is on the corner of a busy intersection (about to get much busier)

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I think I would look to see exactly what sort of shops are looking to open and ensure I was directly competing with none, but instead looking to complement them.

I would also consider the potential of service vs products - for example, if there was a safe crossing area, I would personally consider chilcare for people wanting to spend time shopping by themselves as an option to explore the viability of.

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Old 06-07-2007, 05:20 PM
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A drive through carwash....?

At the end of the day, whatever you sell, youll be able to buy it at wal-mart anyway so try and stay well away from a retail model.

Just stick a big advertising board on the wall ;-)
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Open up a drop in centre for busy execs? They don't have time to get to the office before an important meeting so offer facilities where they can plug in their laptops and print off some important documents etc.
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An eatery for hungry shoppers? Along does hinge on the type of shops that will open I agree.

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Old 27-08-2007, 04:00 PM
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HI,
You could open something like a dry-cleaners where the visitor to the area can not only get their shopping done but the dry-cleaning too. Or something of that nature.
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Old 28-08-2007, 04:27 PM
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What is the building like? How many floors?

As the others mention... depends a bit on what is opening across the road. Having what sounds to be a great location, I expect the ground floor is best used by something that can benefit from this... cafe/restaurant, retail, recreation/leisure... if other floors possibly office space?

What type of business is there now and closing? Why are they closing at this time?
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I'm thinking a kind've upmarket cafe/bar with comfy seating and newspapers, maybe some books.. creche/play area, internet access.

I think this'd be a godsend for family members who get dragged along on the weekly shop and end up making such a fuss that everyone else wishes they could get rid of them. Could also be appealing for a quick sit down and a coffee after you've finished shopping, before you head home to unpack.
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Old 30-08-2007, 07:02 AM
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Or perhaps a nice deli? Could sell those interesting little bits, fresh breads possibly as well as the quick bite and a nice coffee.

There is a near endless list that depends so much on the existing building (unless money & time is not a consideration), what is in the nearby vicinity, the area & people (demographic)...
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