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Old 04-14-12, 10:25 AM   #1
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Questions on opening up an LBS

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We are crazy enough to think about opening up an LBS as a retailer of one of the well-known national brands. The retailer in our area is closing and we want to open a brand new shop (with no ties to the previously closing dealership).

Any thoughts? Any recommendations?

Are we crazy to do this in this day and age?

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Old 04-14-12, 11:38 AM   #2
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Old 04-14-12, 11:53 AM   #3
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do your homework- ALL of it.
the business plan will be a real eye opener
if you do it right. be totally honest with
what you put in it.
as the saying goes, no-one plans to fail,
but they do fail to plan.

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If you have all the resources that you need, including the appropriate business and technical acumen, captital and the right attitude, why not. But if you have to ask, especially on an internet forum, abolutley not.
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I'd sugget that you check your local universities. Some college business schools run workshops for people considering starting their own business. My wife attended one of these and made connections with legal and financial contacts that could prove valuable in the future. If you have little to no first-hand business experience, you will need all of the support, advice, and expertise that you can muster and surround yourself with. Opening your own business isn't for the faint of heart.
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You can make one million $ in the bike business after investing $2 million and then after 2 years be broke.
Unless youy have money to burn and the right business acumen we would not suggest it.
But . . . if you are foolish enough to do it, do NOT sign on with major brand; they are too controlling.
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Hmm. Where are you going for your business advice? If it's here, then I think you're pretty much ****ed.
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Hmm. Where are you going for your business advice? If it's here, then I think you're pretty much ****ed.
You are right, what was I thinking.
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Why is the other LBS closing?
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Why is the other LBS closing?
The owner was an absentee owner, and he is retiring. We looked into buying the business but the assets/liabilities picture was not very good.
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How many other shops are in the area? Any of them also carry the same brand that you're considering? Have you identified your niche in the local market?

Just a couple of questions I pondered myself about opening a shop (it's more of a pipedream in my case).

But there is a guy who used to post here quite regularly (haven't noticed as much activity from him as of late) who actually did open up his own shop. There was even a thread devoted to it- from conception, to location selection, interior remodal w/pics, possibly some contract negotiations with a couple of different distributors... I'll see if I can find that thread, because I think it would be a real eye opener for you.
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Found that thread- http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-new-bike-shop
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What do you know about running a business? What kind of education have you had? It is true that experience is a great educator...internet bike forum, not so much!
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The owner was an absentee owner, and he is retiring. We looked into buying the business but the assets/liabilities picture was not very good.
So you talked to the owner and discussed how well business was going?

How familiar are you with setting up and operating a website? Businesses need to be able to do online business now.
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The owner was an absentee owner, and he is retiring. We looked into buying the business but the assets/liabilities picture was not very good.
Then you'll obviously need a business plan that differs from his significantly. Keep in mind that he was experienced and yet, in spite of his best efforts, his result was a poor asset/liability situation.
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Make sure you talk to local lawyers, insurance agents, and other business people first.

Consider a non profit organization like a bicycle co-op, which can pay you a salary equal or better to what you would get at a sole proprieter shop.

Can you talk to other persons who have the same deal as this national brand? The only experience I had with one was a Trek store in Brooklyn which closed probably due to lack of business.
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