I am considering opening a specialty beer store. My city doesn't have one, the grocery stores are getting better about carrying craft beers, but I wouldn't call the selection extensive. So I thought I would look into whether this is a viable business. I am a software developer by trade and have little retail experience. So I have a few questions for all of you fine beer loving folk.
- Is there a specialty beer store in your area? If so, do you know if it is successful.
- If not, is this something you would like to see in your area?
- How would one go about procuring a large enough selection of beers? There are a few spots like this around the country, and many of them boast a selection of hundreds if not over a thousand of individual beers. I assume distributors don't carry that kind of selection.
- Any knowledge of how to start and run a business like this would be most appreciated.
In the best care scenario, I would have a wide variety of bottled brews and several on tap. This way I could do growlers and beer tastings.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
So I have done some research on the net, talked to some friends and went to a few bottle shops in the Seattle area. All the owners I talked to said that business is going well for them, so that gives me hope there is increasing demand for this sort of business. It also seems that I need to go through distributors for supply. I was told the markup on beer is fine, but I did notice some of the shops were much more expensive than others. So at this point I am going to start working on a business plan. Thanks for the all the helpful responses.