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    Mereo
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    Greetings from May from Melbourne :)

    This is my first post after enjoying reading your discussions here for weeks; my topic is about the future of a small suburban retail business, – I seek your advice to start a new business, and hopefully I can contribute a little to this community one day.

    What is the future business for a small suburban shop? – or Is it definitely no future? :)

    #1222014
    Paul – FS Concierge
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    Hi and welcome to Flying Solo [USER=116733]@Mereo[/USER]. Thank you for posting.

    I am not a retailer so please keep that in mind. Clothing always seem to struggle in small centres – but many try. Food such as Bakeries, Fish and chips, Coffee, Pizza seem to do better as well as well as salons.

    It seems like the population might be too small for a pet shop but there might be other specialist type of offerings that might work.

    Good luck.

    #1222015
    Mereo
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    Paul – FS Concierge, post: 268232, member: 78928 wrote:
    Hi and welcome to Flying Solo [USER=116733]@Mereo[/USER]. Thank you for posting.

    I am not a retailer so please keep that in mind. Clothing always seem to struggle in small centres – but many try. Food such as Bakeries, Fish and chips, Coffee, Pizza seem to do better as well as well as salons.

    It seems like the population might be too small for a pet shop but there might be other specialist type of offerings that might work.

    Good luck.

    Thank you Paul,

    Salons & nails/beauty services in one shop can be good to grow local, my skillset wouldn’t help much though, will certainly do more researches before starting anything.

    Best regards,
    May

    #1222016
    bb1
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    You will get a lot of people say there is no future for a small suburban shops because everyone thinks online is the way to go, which may be true for some business’s, But there are a lot of small suburban shops which are still going gang busters. 5 years ago everyone was talking about doom for book shops (selling real books), had you listened to all the negative nancy’s back then, you would have just given up, but today book shops are booming, because people realised that they want to hold and feel something tangible.

    There is no point asking here what is suggested, because [USER=78928]@Paul – FS Concierge[/USER] has made some suggestions, but obviously outside your skill or interest range. Really does anyone want to run a pizza shop or fish and chips, I have spoken to a couple of owners and they are only in it because they bought themselves a job, some would say that about what I do, but I had lifestyle reasons for doing it.

    You need to look at your abilities and interests and look at if that will fit in a small suburban shop environment, by doing your research, I could suggest 50 different shops that may be suitable, but no point as they are not in your zone.

    Do you think your focus is suitable for a suburban shop, has it ever being, are there other suburban shops around doing what you want to do? These are questions that only you can answer because you have an in-depth knowledge of your strengths and weakness’s

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