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What Sort Of Shop Do We Need In Douglas?


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Really Fossils, where do you live?

 

@ OP - If you're planning on opening in Douglas, avoid any area that is being regenerated as that will have an impact on your trade whilst the works are being carried out.

 

Most of the rants I have read about shops just seem to want chains to open up over here - not sure if any of the ones I have read about are franchised or not but it's always the usual food places, clothes shops etc.

 

I tell you what would be useful for the likes of me and a few others I have spoken to - a big/tall shop - especially when it comes to footwear.

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How about a shop divided into two by an aroma proof glass screen, on one side would be a cake shop selling small cakes not just cup cakes with fancy decorative icing but also small pastries and those doughnuts that are long and used to dunk in hot chocolate as they do abroad, a patisserie if you like, on the other side would be a specialist delicatessen offering sausages and meats from around the world, sausages hung up all above, also selling specialist sauces and other accompaniments to meats/sausages from around the world. You could also sell sandwiches using a range of exotic breads, make sandwiches from award winning meats/sausages with fancy names.

 

If done right and in the right location would be an absolute gold mine.

 

Seriously, I think this is the best option although I doubt the wisdom of Strand St.

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a proper sticky bun shop where you can buy real home made pies and pasties like Quirks used to make :-)

 

Quite - my dog's asleep. If she hears language like that I'll end up on the next boat!

 

Aside: OMG I miss decent pies and pasties, time for a pilgrimage to here. May not look like much but I've never tasted anything as good in my life.

 

TF you b**stard - now I can't stop thinking about food!

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a proper sticky bun shop where you can buy real home made pies and pasties like Quirks used to make :-)

 

Quite - my dog's asleep. If she hears language like that I'll end up on the next boat!

 

Aside: OMG I miss decent pies and pasties, time for a pilgrimage to here. May not look like much but I've never tasted anything as good in my life.

 

TF you b**stard - now I can't stop thinking about food!

Ha ! :)

 

maybe a special butcher's shop which has a basket of doggy-bones a well !

(used to see cartoons of dogs running out of butcher shops with huge bone in mouth)

 

I've ended up making my own pasties because of diet, no salt, no phosphates, no self-raising, lots of E-numbers etc. !

but at least I know what went into them :)

 

/drool devil.gif

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How about a shop divided into two by an aroma proof glass screen, on one side would be a cake shop selling small cakes not just cup cakes with fancy decorative icing but also small pastries and those doughnuts that are long and used to dunk in hot chocolate as they do abroad, a patisserie if you like, on the other side would be a specialist delicatessen offering sausages and meats from around the world, sausages hung up all above, also selling specialist sauces and other accompaniments to meats/sausages from around the world. You could also sell sandwiches using a range of exotic breads, make sandwiches from award winning meats/sausages with fancy names.

 

If done right and in the right location would be an absolute gold mine.

 

Seriously, I think this is the best option although I doubt the wisdom of Strand St.

Yes it sounds like one of the better options as you can differentiate your offering. Still a big risk though, and generally, the aspirations of landlords as to rent are pretty crazy. Forget Strand Street. If you are determined to do it and are renting a property, don't sign a long lease with no break clause. When you do sign, do so on behalf of a limited company only. Do not sign a personal guarantee if you don't want to risk everything you own.

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I think a concierge internet shopping business. People could call in and tell you what they are looking for. Your staff can do all the trawling and comparison then order and take a % of the price.

 

Not everybody has got the ability, time or inclination to do it for themselves.

Maybe not but plenty can and the number who can't are a dying breed. I doubt they will be enough to make you viable unless you have very low costs. Forget premises. Forget staff etc. Remember that lots of the stuff on the likes of Ebay and Amazon is coming from beneath someone's bed and being done as a hobby for pin money. You can't be a real business with real business overheads and hope to compete with that. Retail is an uphill struggle. I got out of it 20 years ago and it's only got worse since then. Think of something else to do rather than this thankless task.

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