Pipe dream but want opinions...golf shop
Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:27 AM
If you could rent out space from the local driving range, I couldn't think of a better location. I am there with all my clubs and why not give something new a shot.
My local range had a pro shop at one point (sadly closed and replaced with a custom club fitter that is never open), I can't even tell you how much money I spent there, it was open after work and allowed me to test things out in the "real world" instead of indoors on a mat.
Another range I frequent has a nice big retail space for exactly your type of business, as it is right now they carry nothing but do offer as-you-wait grip changing which isn't bad at all.
The only weird service no shop around me offers is putter services i.e. bending/reshafting.
I would also check the rush hour and see if you can have workable hours for those commuting/working around the area. I love stopping into the little shops on my way home but they usually open the same hours I work i.e. 9-5.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:27 AM
The outdoor hitting area would be a gem, but as with most places, hard to find unless you want to buy the property and build your establishment off of that. Then you are also dealing with zoning laws for a running a business etc etc. There are driving ranges at the courses around here but nothing that really has a demo/fitting area attatched. It would be a great market for something like that, but very hard to make happen.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:42 AM
By some form of purchase. You mentioned the longevity of the business. Perhaps the owner wants to retire in the next 5 years, but doesn't have a succession plan in place. It might not be the worst idea, if there isn't enough room for 2 shops competing in that small-ish market.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:59 AM
Oh, this guy is not that old...or that rich. Nor do I have the coin to do anything remotely close to that. If it's something that is going to happen, it has to start small and build from there. My pockets are not nearly deep enough to buy someone out of a business.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:02 AM
The county I live in has a population of about 350K, this does not include surrounding counties obviously as well.
Wait...so which is it..110k or 350k? Because that's a big swing. (Again, not trying to be negative, but that number matters a lot)
Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:09 AM
I think you mixed the numbers of two different posts. Someone else gave the 350K number for their respective area.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:21 PM