What sorts of retail stores do you view as healthy and not on a path of decay wrought by the internet?
March 26, 2012 9:45 AM Subscribe
What sorts of retail stores do you view as healthy and not on a path of decay wrought by the internet? More details inside.
posted by st starseed to Work & Money (40 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've recently determined I'd find some joy running a shop - an actual, physical storefront with hours and products and employees and inventory and customers and a counter. I'd be able to work my own hours (albeit many of them), hire my own employees, and experience the so-called dream of self-employment.
(If anyone has any thoughts on the above, I'd welcome them, although my actual question is below.)
That being said, the internet has obviously changed shopping behavior. In a culture where almost anything is available for purchase online, what kinds of products can you actually sell on a physical retail level and find success?
Useful to consider:
1. I have a zillion ideas for products to sell in a tourist town - unfortunately, I don't live in a tourist town and do not want to uproot my life/family to one - thus, I'd be opening my shop in suburbia (suburban Detroit, if if matters).
2. I want to avoid having to sell food - i.e., no small grocery store/market. (By extension, so we're clear, no restaurant or bar.)
3. Ideally, this is something I'd like to operate year-round.
4. I personally don't have expertise in a field that would make me an "expert" and plan on making sure I hire at least one expert.