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How to Write a Convenience Store Business Plan: Complete Guide

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  • January 11, 2023

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Whether you’re looking to raise funding from private investors or to get a loan from a bank (like a SBA loan) for your convenience store, you will need to prepare a solid business plan.

In this article we go through, step-by-step, all the different sections you need in the business plan of your convenience store. Use this template to create a complete, clear and solid business plan that get you funded.

1. Convenience Store Executive Summary

The executive summary of a business plan gives a sneak peek of the information about your business plan to lenders and/or investors.

If the information you provide here is not concise, informative, and scannable, potential lenders and investors will lose interest.

Though the executive summary is the first and the most important section, it should normally be the last section you write because it will have the summary of different sections included in the entire plan.

Why do you need a business plan for a convenience store?

The purpose of a business plan is to secure funding through one of the following channels:

  • Obtain bank financing or secure a loan from other lenders (such as a SBA loan )
  • Obtain private investments from investment funds, angel investors, etc.
  • Obtain a public or a private grant

How to write an executive summary for a convenience store?

Provide a precise and high-level summary of every section that you have included in the business plan of your convenience store business. The information and the data you include in this segment should grab the attention of potential investors and lenders immediately.

Also make sure that the executive summary doesn’t exceed 2 pages in total: it’s supposed to be a summary for investors and lenders who don’t have time to scroll through 40-50 pages, so keep it short and brief.

The executive summary usually consists of 5 major sub-sections:

  • Business overview : start by introducing your convenience store business, where it is located, the products you will sell, and the pricing strategy you want to implement. Mention what sets you apart from other businesses. For example, you may offer a hyper convenience store complete with a sit-down restaurant, bakery, pharmacy, and more.
  • Market analysis : summarise the market where you will operate and provide a brief about your target market, target audience, spending capability, etc. Also give certain data points about the convenience store industry in the area where you want to operate (size and growth), as well as an overview of the main competitors, etc.
  • People : introduce your convenience store business’ management and employee structure. Provide a brief (no more than a couple of sentences each) of the knowledge and experience of the team. Also, mention how the company will be structured (management roles and reporting lines)
  • Financial plan: how much profit and revenue do you expect in the next 5 years? When will you reach the break-even point and start making profits? You can include here a chart with your key financials (revenue, gross profit, net profit )
  • Funding ask : what loan/investment/grant are you seeking? How much do you need? How long will this last?

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2. Convenience Store Business Overview

In this segment of the business plan, you will provide details about the convenience store.

You must answer here some important questions that potential investors and lenders often ask about your business and operations. Here are some examples of questions you must answer:

  • What is the rationale behind you opening a convenience store in your area today?
  • Where will the business be located and why did you select that location?
  • What type of products will you sell through your store?
  • What will be your pricing strategy and why?
  • What will be the legal structure of your company?

a) History of the Project

Any business overview must start with explaining the history of the project. There are 2 components here:

  • Passion & experience of the business owner
  • Rationale behind starting a convenience store today

Passion & experience

You may or may not have prior experience. If you have experience, speak about it and how it will help you to run your business. For instance, you may have worked as a store manager at a popular convenience store for 8 years. Now you want to start your own convenience store business and use your experience and knowledge to run the store efficiently.

Is there a certain problem (or perhaps, a set of problems) that your convenience store will try to solve when it comes into existence? For example, there may not be any hyper convenience store in the location that offers a sit-down restaurant, bakery, pharmacy, and other facilities.

But that’s not all! The market must be suitable for a business to exist and thrive. For instance, if you are trying to open a hyper convenience store in an area where there are highly established standalone pharmacies and restaurants with a loyal customer base, you may find it incredibly difficult to make a dent in their customer base.

Similarly, if the target customer base in the location prefers a traditional convenience store and you want to open a limited-selection convenience store, it will not work. 

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b) Business Model

This section of the Business Overview should explain the model you want to adopt for your convenience store business. For example:

  • Will you buy an existing convenience store or an existing franchise convenience store, or will you start a new one from scratch?
  • Where will the store be located and what made you select that location?
  • What type of convenience store will you open?
  • What type of products will you focus on?
  • What will be the pricing strategy and why will you select that strategy?

What are the different types of convenience stores?

There are various types of convenience stores that you can select. You will start with one vital decision. Either you will buy an existing store (individually owned or a franchise) or you will start from scratch. Either way, there are different types of convenience stores you can start. Here are of them:

  • Traditional stores : These are generally 2,400 to 2,500 square feet in size and offer a variety of products including baked products, dairy products, beverages, tobacco, beauty & health products, frozen & fresh meat, gasoline, limited produce items, etc.
  • Expanded convenience stores : These ones are bigger with sizes ranging between 2,800 and 3,600 square feet. These stores will either offer more grocery options, or they may include a fast-food section with seating arrangements.
  • Hyper convenience stores : These stores are the largest of all with an average size of anywhere between 4,000 and 5,000 square feet. They have different product and service departments. For instance, they may have a separate department for bakery products, a different section for a pharmacy, a sit-down restaurant, etc.
  • Limited selection convenience stores : They are usually small with an area of 1,500 to 2,200 square feet. They sell a mix of grocery products, but the offerings are fewer than traditional stores. Food offerings are also limited to smaller things like hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, etc.
  • Mini convenience stores : Not exceeding 800 to 1,200 square feet in size, these stores have very limited grocery offerings. For food service, they may offer no more than prepared sandwiches. These stores may operate 24 hours a day, but some may choose to operate only 18 hours.
  • Kiosks : These are the smallest of all with the store area not exceeding 800 square feet (usually smaller). They mostly focus on selling gasoline, but some fast-moving items such as confectionaries, snacks, beverages, etc. can also be found.

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c) Products

The type of convenience store you want to open will define the type of products you offer. Of course, don’t provide a complete list of all the products you will sell here. Instead, you can list the main categories such as:

  • Bakery products
  • Frozen and fresh meat & fish
  • OTC medicines & beauty products
  • Restaurant (in case of a hyper convenience store)
  • Fast-moving products (tobacco, snacks, etc.)

d) Pricing Strategy

This is where you will provide an overview of your pricing strategy. For instance, you may charge lower than your competitors because you may be enjoying huge wholesale discounts during inventory acquisition, and you may decide to pass on some benefits to your customers.

Similarly, you may decide to charge higher for certain items than your competitors because you offer 100% organic options for those products.

Pricing table

While it may not be possible to provide a proper pricing table for all products and services that you offer, it is still a great idea to provide a table that gives an overview of your pricing structure.

You can provide an average price based on categories. For instance, you can do something like this:

  • Baked products: $1.25 to $12.45
  • Frozen meat: $4.5 to $8.60

However, don’t go into extreme details because potential investors are not interested in the nitty-gritty of your pricing. They just need the big picture to assess the profitability, because they will tie your pricing strategy with financial projections.

e) Legal Structure

Finally, your business overview section should specify what type of business structure you want. Is this a corporation or a partnership (LLC)? Who are the investors? How much equity percentage do they own? Is there a Board of Directors? If so, whom? Do they have experience in the industry?

3. Convenience Store Market Overview

A complete understanding of the market where you want to operate is important for the success of your business. That’s also something you must showcase in your business plan.

For example, if you intend to sell pricey organic products through your convenience store in a low-income area, you will probably not succeed. You must understand the needs and the spending capacity of your target market and tailor your product offerings accordingly.

Therefore, you must cover here 3 important areas:

  • Industry size & growth : how big is the convenience store business industry in your area? What is its growth rate (or decline rate) and what are the factors contributing to its growth or decline?
  • Competition overview : how many competitors are there? How do they compare vs. your business? How can you differentiate yourself from them?
  • Customer analysis : who is your target audience? What type of products do they usually buy at convenience stores? Do they prefer convenience stores to be open 24×7? What is their average bill size per visit? How frequently do they visit convenience stores?

a) Industry size & growth

How big is the convenience store business industry in the us.

According to Statista , the total sales of convenience stores in the US stood at $532.9 billion in 2020. Of this, $243.1 billion came from in-store sale alone (vs. gas sales).

In total, there were 150,274 convenience stores in the US in 2020, of which the vast majority are independent stores.

In other words, each store generates an average annual turnover $1,600,000 (excluding gas sales).

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How big is the convenience store business industry in your area?

After getting a clear picture of the convenience store industry in the US as a whole, narrow down to your location. Unfortunately, it’s likely that you won’t find the number anywhere (at least not for free).

In that case, you can use our guide to estimate the TAM, SAM, and SOM for your business. Here is an example of how to do it:

We know the average convenience store in the US generates an annual turnover of $1.6 million (in-store sales only). Therefore, if the location where you will operate has a total of 40 convenience stores, the convenience store industry in your area is worth approximately $64 million.

How fast is the convenience store business industry growing in your area?

According to IBISWorld , the convenience store market in the US registered an annual growth rate of 3.1% from 2017 to 2022.

What about the location where you want to open your convenience store? US national averages can be a great addition to your business plan, yet they don’t necessarily help to assess the convenience store business industry where you want to open your store. For example, the industry might be growing in the US, but declining in your region for a number of reasons (businesses shutting down due to losses, etc.).

As you likely won’t find this information online, you can instead rely on the number of convenience stores in the location to calculate the average growth rate of the industry in your area.

For example, if the region had only 34 convenience stores in 2017 and 40 in 2022, you can assume that the average annual growth rate of the convenience store industry in the area is 3.53%, in line with the US national average.

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b) Competition Overview

Studying your competitors’ business models is vital. You need to understand what makes them successful or why they fail. A clear understanding of their business model, the products they sell, their marketing strategies, etc., will allow you to provide a better service.

If your competitors are offering nearly the same products, then what is their market share and how do they market their products & services to attract new customers?

It is always a good idea to do some research (if necessary, you may consider physically visiting your competitors without revealing your business intentions) and create a comparative table summarizing their respective product offering, marketing strategy, store size, etc.

Here is a sample table that you can use:

Convenience Store SWOT Analysis

SWOT stands for Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats. This analysis will help lenders and investors better understand how you compare vs. competitors as well as the overall risk and reward profile of your business.

Here is a sample that you can use as a reference:

  • Strengths : A master’s degree in business management, 9 years of experience as a general manager in a convenience store chain
  • Weaknesses : Startup cost, no initial brand reputation
  • Opportunities : Steady growth in residential population as people from other places are migrating to the area owing to its low cost of living, only 2 convenience stores in a 6-mile radius and 3 stores in a 12-mile radius
  • Threats : Existing stores planning on opening new stores

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c) Customer Analysis

This is the sub-section where you will provide a detailed analysis of your target audience. Some important points that you must include in your customer analysis include:

  • What in-store products do they usually buy (apart from gas)?
  • How long do they spend in a convenience store?
  • What is the average amount they spend at a convenience store each month?
  • Do they purchase beauty and OTC health products from convenience stores?
  • What is the percentage of smokers and tobacco users in the area? This will give you a fair idea of whether you should stock cigarettes and other tobacco products or not

You can add as many data points as required to validate your business decision. The idea here is to display your deep understanding of the target audience and their needs, preferences, and expectations. This knowledge can help you to tailor your products & services to attract new customers.

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4. Sales & Marketing Strategy

This is the section where you outline your customer acquisition strategy. Try to answer the following questions:

What is your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)?

  • What are the different marketing strategies you will use?
  • How do you intend to track the success of your marketing strategy?
  • What is your CAC or customer acquisition cost?
  • What is your marketing budget?

What marketing channels do convenience stores use?

A few marketing channels that convenience store businesses typically use are:

  • Signages (most common)
  • Local listings
  • Loyalty programs

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In other words, how do you differentiate yourself vs. competitors? This is very important as you might need to win customers from competitors.

A few examples of USPs are:

  • Location: your store may be located in a very busy area
  • Product variety : you may offer varied products for all your customers’ need
  • Pricing : you may have cheaper products vs. competitors

Your USP will depend on your business model, competitor analysis, and target audience. Whatever your USP be, it should be clear and appealing to your target audience.

5. Management & People

You must address 2 things here:

  • The management team and their experience/track record
  • The organizational structure : different team members and who reports to whom?

Small businesses often fail because of managerial weaknesses. Thus, having a strong management team is vital. Highlight the experience and education of senior managers that you intend to hire to oversee your convenience store business.

Describe their duties, responsibilities, and roles. Also, highlight their previous experience and explain how they succeeded in their previous roles.

It is also important that you explain how their experiences and qualifications help you in implementing the convenience store business you are proposing. If they have specialized training and experience (for example, 9 years of general manager experience in a leading convenience store chain, 7 years of vendor management experience, etc.), add that information.

Organization Structure

Even if you haven’t already hired a general manager, stockist, salesperson, cashier, guard, and other relevant staff members, you must provide a flowchart of the organizational structure defining hierarchy and reporting lines.

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6. Financial Plan

The financial plan is perhaps, with the executive summary, the most important section of any business plan for a convenience store.

Indeed, a solid financial plan tells lenders that your business is viable and can repay the loan you need from them. If you’re looking to raise equity from private investors, a solid financial plan will prove them your convenience store is an attractive investment.

There should be 2 sections to your financial plan section:

  • The startup costs of your project (if you plan to start a new store, add a new store to your chain, etc.)
  • The 5-year financial projections of your convenience store(s)

a) Startup Costs

Before we expand on 5-year financial projections in the following section, it’s always best practice to start with listing the startup costs of your project. For a convenience store business, startup costs are all the expenses you incur before you start making sales. These expenses typically are:

  • The acquisition of the real estate (if you buy)
  • The lease deposit (if you rent)
  • The renovation and equipment costs
  • Business insurance, etc.

Of course, the startup costs depend on a number of factors, like the number of stores you plan to open, their size, the products you will sell, etc.

For example, it costs on average $290,000 to $351,000 to start a 1,500 sq. ft. convenience store (assuming you need to do a lot of renovation and overhaul).

Note that these costs are for illustrative purposes and may not be fully relevant for your business. For more information on how much it costs to open and run a convenience store, read our article here .

b) Financial Projections

In addition to startup costs, you will also need to build a solid 5-year financial model in the business plan of your convenience store.

Note that your financial projections should be built using a spreadsheet (e.g. Excel or Google Sheets) and presented in the form of tables and charts in your business plan.

As usual, keep it concise here and save details (for example detailed financial statements, financial metrics, key assumptions used for the projections) for the appendix instead.

Your financial projections should answer at least the following questions:

  • How much revenue do you expect to generate over the next 5 years?
  • When do you expect to break even?
  • How much cash will you burn until you get there?
  • What’s the impact of a change in pricing (say 10%) on your margins?
  • What is your average customer acquisition cost?

You should include here your 3 financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement). This means you must forecast:

  • The number of customers / orders over time ;
  • Your expected revenue ;
  • Operating costs to run the business ;
  • Capex (cost to renovate / build your store, furniture and equipment, etc.)

When projecting your financials, make sure to sensitize sales volume (customers), pricing as well as the expenses (inventory, salaries, etc.). Indeed, a small change in these assumptions may have a significant impact on your revenues, and most importantly, your profits.

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7. Use of Funds

This is the last section of the business plan of your convenience store. Now that we have explained what your business model is, what type of products you sell, how you get customers, etc., this section must now answer the following questions:

  • How much funding do you need?
  • What financial instrument(s) do you need: is this equity or debt, or even a free-money public grant?
  • How long will this funding last?
  • Where else does the money come from? If you apply for a SBA loan for example, where does the other part of the investment come from (your own capital, private investors?)

If you raise debt:

  • What percentage of the total funding the loan represents?
  • What is the corresponding Debt Service Coverage Ratio ?

If you raise equity

  • What percentage ownership are you selling as part of this funding round?
  • What is the corresponding valuation of your business?

Use of Funds

Any business plan for a convenience store should include a clear use of funds section. This is where you explain how the money will be spent.

Will you spend most of the loan / investment in paying your employees’ salaries and the COGS (inventory)? Or will it cover mostly the cost for acquiring the real estate and renovations?

For the use of funds, we also recommend using a pie chart like the one we have in our financial model template where we outline the main expenses categories as shown below.

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Do you want to start your own convenience store?

Are you planning to start a convenience store ? Well, the yearly sales of the US convenience store industry exceed $680 billion so it is undoubtedly one of the most profitable businesses out there. As of December 31, 2016, there were more than 154,000 convenience stores in the US and their numbers are still increasing steadily.

The biggest reason of the popularity of this business is that the convenience stores offer various products which allow the consumers to obtain all their needs from a single roof thus keeping the traffic flowing day and night throughout the year. They are undoubtedly the need of the hour in today’s time where everyone is busier than ever. That is why this business starts yielding a profit as soon as it is launched as compared to most of the businesses which need months or even years to yield the desired rate of return.

Another important aspect is that, unlike other businesses, a convenience store business has the least amount of risk associated with it provided that you plan it successfully. So before you move on to open a convenience store, you will have to prepare a convenience store business plan which will establish the basis of your company’s future operations and decisions. It will help you determine everything; the types of products you will be selling, who your target customers will be and how you will allocate your resources for the required equipment, inventory, and payroll.

So, if you are wondering how to write an effective business plan then here we are providing you the business plan for a convenience store business startup named ‘EasyShop’.

Executive Summary

2.1 the business.

EasyShop will be a bonded, insured and licensed convenience store business, located in the Manhattan borough of the New York City. We aim to serve the nearby residential community and working class of Manhattan by proving them all they need under a single roof. We have strategically selected a furniture showroom, located in the main commercial center of downtown Manhattan, to be converted into our store. The location is ideal for opening convenience store since it is amidst all commercial and business activities and at a 10 minutes’ drive from the residential zone.

The business will be owned by Doug Spencer of Spencer family, one of the richest families in the United States. Mr. Spencer has been associated with the family business of fast-food restaurants for the last 20 years after doing his Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University. Due to the similar family business, Mr. Spencer knows exactly how to start a convenience store and he has all the resources needed for starting a convenience store .

Although there are hundreds of already established convenience stores we have several competitive advantages over other competitors. The first one is our mobile app which can be used to make payments, order the goods for home delivery, or pre-book the goods. This app is strategically built to facilitate the ever-busy working class of the society. Our second competitive edge will be the availability of everything, every time. Unlike other stores, we will make sure that our stock never runs out and everything our customers may need is available to us. Finally, our customer service will be the best in town and will also give us an edge over other convenience stores.

2.2 Management

The company will be managed by Mr. Spencer himself and he will be assisted by his friend Carl John. Carl is highly experienced in retail businesses and will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the EasyShop. The store will remain open 24-7 and will be operated and managed by three shifts of workers. A law firm will be contracted for covering the legal aspects of the business and an insurance firm will be contacted for insuring the company.

The convenience store industry is one of the few industries which have seen a constant increase in revenue along with the increase in business locations with time. The total sales from the US convenience store industry increased by approximately $80 billion within the course of one year from 2015 to 2016. The number of convenience stores has increased by 63% during the last three decades and is still on the rise. The main reason behind this increase is that it is very easy to open a convenience store as you can see from the hundreds of convenience store examples present in every city of the United States. The actual challenge is to successfully manage that convenience store to yield profits from the start.

2.3 Customers

The company aims to serve the community living in the residential zones of the Manhattan borough and the people working in the commercial and business centers located near us. The community living in our vicinity is financially established so we hope to have a lot of sales as soon as we are launched. There are also a lot of working-class people who are extremely tight up with their busy routines and prefer to go to a place where they can find everything under a single roof. We will provide the perfect place to our busy customers where they can find a huge number of products as well as services. This diversity of products and services will be one of our primary competitive advantages over other competitors.

We will provide every basic necessity of life to our customers under a single roof so that they don’t have to visit various stores in search of their needed goods. Some categories of the products offered by us include but are not limited to fresh and packed foods, beverages, meat, dairy products, stationery, personal care, healthcare products, baby items, pet items, newspapers, magazines, batteries, greeting cards, lottery tickets etc. We will offer money transfer services and utilities bill payment services to our customers. We will also provide home delivery services for online purchases to the nearby resident community. Customers can also pre-book their goods by using our smartphone app.

2.4 Target of the Company

The target of the company is to become the best convenience store business in the New York City within next five years of our startup. Ronald Spencer aims to become one of the biggest convenience store chains in the New York City within the next ten years of our launch. This target can only be achieved by growing the sales at the forecasted rate. We also aim to balance the initial cost of the startup with earned profits by the end of the first year and open multiple stores by the end of five years in the New York City.

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Company Summary

3.1 company owner.

EasyShop will be owned by the Spencers, one of the richest families in the United States. Spencers are already operating a chain of fast food restaurants in North America but it was until this year that they have decided to enter the retail industry as well. The venture will be completely financed by the family while it will be led and operated by Doug Spencer.

Mr. Spencer is the eldest son of Ronald Spencer, the head of the family, and has been associated with the family business for the last 20 years after doing his Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University. Mr. Spencer will be the General Manager of the business and will be assisted by his friend Carl John. John has served in multiple executive positions in various retail giants such as Wal-Mart, 7-Eleven, and Costco. For the last 6 years, John was serving in 7-Eleven as the Director Operations of the New York City.

3.2 Why the Business is being started

This business will basically provide a gateway for the Spencer family to enter the massive retail industry of the United States. Ronald had been planning this venture for a long time as it was undoubtedly the best way to invest the family’s wealth and profit earned via restaurants.

3.3 How the Business will be started

EasyShop will be initially launched as an open convenience store in the Manhattan borough of the New York City. A 15,000 square feet place has already been acquired on lease in the center of the main commercial district of downtown Manhattan. The place was formerly used as a furniture display showroom so a contracting firm has been hired to turn the place into a convenience store. A law firm, Wigdor LLP, has also been contracted for getting the permits and licenses from the city’s administration.

Spencer’s convenience store startup will be unique in many ways. It will remain open 24-7 and will be operated and managed by three shifts of workers with each shift working a standard eight hours a day. Mr. Spencer has planned everything about his business including the required equipment and inventory, and has hired experts from various fields to help him craft a detailed map about it. The financial experts have forecasted following costs for expenses, assets, investment, and loans for the Start-up.

Convenience Store Business Plan - Startup Cost

The detailed start-up requirements, start-up funding, start-up expenses, total assets, total funding required, total liabilities, total planned investment, total capital and liabilities as forecasted by experts, is given below:

Services for customers

Being launched as one of the biggest convenience store business in the New York City, we plan to offer a huge number of products as well as services to our consumers. This diversity of products and services will be one of our primary competitive advantages over other competitors. We will provide every basic necessity of life to our customers under a single roof so that they don’t have to visit various stores in search of their needed goods. Some categories of the products offered by us include but are not limited to

  • Meat – poultry, beef, lunch meat, pork
  • Produce – fruits, vegetables
  • Paper Goods – aluminum foil, sandwich bags paper towels, toilet paper
  • Bread or Bakery products– sandwich loaves, tortillas, bagels, dinner rolls
  • Baking Goods – cereals, pasta, mixes, flour, sugar
  • Personal Care – shampoo, shaving cream, soap, hand soap
  • Frozen Foods – waffles, vegetables, individual meals, ice cream
  • Beverages – coffee, tea, juice, soda, drinks
  • Canned or Jarred Goods – vegetables, spaghetti sauce, ketchup
  • Dairy – cheese, eggs, milk, yogurt, butter
  • Cleaners – all purpose, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid and detergents
  • Other – baby items, pet items, newspapers, magazines, batteries, greeting cards, lottery tickets

We will sell our products in the standard packaging sizes, quantity and quality as other as other convenience stores. We will sell the products of local as well as international brands such as Charmin, Stouffer’s, Frito-Lay, Jolly Green Coca-Cola, Giant etc. One of the biggest problems in opening a convenience store is to incorporate some innovation in your business to make it unique and better as compared to the existing and established businesses. Considering this aspect, we will also offer money transfer services and utilities bill payment services to our customers. Customers can also pre-book their goods by using our smartphone app. We will also provide home delivery services for online purchases to the nearby resident community. There will be no delivery charges for goods worth greater than or equal to $50.

Finally, we will offer ready-to-eat fast foods so that our customers can grab a bite despite their tight schedule.

Marketing Analysis of Convenience store business

The most important component of an effective convenience store business plan is its accurate marketing analysis that’s why Mr. Spencer acquired the services of marketing experts to help him through this phase. It is only after this stage that a good convenience store business plan could have been developed. After identifying the local market trends in the New York City, the marketing experts and analysts also helped him to select the best site for starting a convenience store business .

The success or failure of a convenience store totally depends upon its marketing strategy which can only be developed on the basis of accurate marketing analysis. There are four main steps to carry out an accurate marketing analysis which are to identify the current market trends of convenience store business, identify your target audience and potential customers, set out the business targets to achieve, and finally set the prices of your products and services. Marketing analysis is a must-do thing before you even think about how to start your own convenience store . It must be considered beforehand even if you are developing a small convenience store business plan .

5.1 Market Trends

The convenience store industry is one of the few industries which have seen a constant increase in revenue along with the increase in business locations with time. The total sales from the US convenience store industry generated in 2015 amounted to more than $603 billion while the sales exceeded $680 billion by the end of 2016. The sales increase by approximately $80 billion within the course of one year. Although these stats include the sales of the fuels since most of the convenience stores in the US primarily provide gas services but still merchandise makes a major chunk of these stats. As per other services provided by the convenience stores, the weekly wire transfers in 2015 were more than 5800.

The convenience store industry is subdivided according to the major categories of products it provides with the biggest being food service. Foodservice sales are growing to become the convenience store’s most profitable category, contributing 21.4% of sales as of 2016. Similarly, fresh fruits and vegetable sales (including salads and packaged products) also increased 10.3% to $362 million in 2014. The number of convenience stores has increased by 63% during the last three decades and, currently, they make up more than 34% of all retail outlets in the United States. After identifying these market trends, it is clearly evident that convenience store industry is always blooming and can be immensely profitable.

5.2 Marketing Segmentation

Our target market is the community living nearby at the 10 minutes’ drive from our store. The community consists of all types of people from varying backgrounds. As per the financial position, nearly half of the community has monthly income ranging from $40k to $50k while nearly 10% people have incomes even around $100,000. There are also a lot of working-class people who are extremely tight up with their busy routines and prefer to go to a place where they can find everything under a single roof.

For developing a good convenience store business model it was crucial to analyze the market segmentation of the future customers of our convenience store. A successful and efficient marketing strategy can only be developed after we completely know our potential customers. Our experts have identified the following type of target audience which can become the future consumers of our baby clothes:

Convenience Store Business Plan - Market Segmentation

The detailed marketing segmentation of our target audience is as follows:

5.1.1 Local Residents:

The first and the most numerous group of our customers will be the community living in the vicinity of our convenience store. These residents are financially stable and can become our potential customers of merchandise like food products and other accessories. These customers will also rely on us for money transfer and utilities bill payment facilities. This customer group will drive the most number of sales so our marketing strategy will be specifically built to attract this group towards us. Initially, we will also offer various promotional packages.

5.1.2 Working Class:

The second category includes the workers and employees who work in the businesses or offices located in the vicinity of our convenience store. Most of these workers have a tight routine and they prefer to get everything under a single roof as compared to visiting different stores. They want to shop as fast as they can without compromising on their busy schedule. Our convenience store is specifically designed while keeping such busy people in mind and the average time for shopping in our store will be around 3 to 4 minutes. Our ready-to-eat fast foods will always be ready for these people to pick up while on their way to their respective companies and offices.

5.1.3 Passers-by:

The third category includes those people who do not live or work near our convenience store but have come to the area for any business purpose or commercial activity. Most of the time these people need to pick some stuff for their homes while on the way to their respective destinations. They will also stop by us to grab some fast food or make some wire transfer. The detailed market analysis of our potential customers is given in the following table:

5.3 Business Target

We aim to become the best convenience store business of the New York City within next five years of our startup. Ronald Spencer aims to become one of the biggest convenience store chains in the New York City within the next ten years of our launch. Our main business targets to be achieved as milestones over the course of next three years are as follows:

  • To achieve the net profit margin of $10k per month by the end of the first year, $15k per month by the end of the second year, and $25k per month by the end of the third year
  • To balance the initial cost of the startup with earned profits by the end of the first year
  • To open up two more stores by the end of three years, three more stores by the end of five years

5.4 Product Pricing

Product pricing is one of the most important factors in deciding the strategy for convenience store marketing . Selecting the price for products is a difficult task, especially for the startups, because one have to attract customers while yield profit at the same time. These two things cannot be achieved at the same time and the only way out is to select a compromised trade-off or balance between the two. After considering the market demands, we have priced all our products in the similar ranges as of our competitors except for some of our food products. Our food products of Spencer brand will be nearly 10% cheaper so as to attract customers toward us. The reason behind our pricing policy is to achieve the minimum attractive rate of return which would not be possible in case of offering our other products for low prices.

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Like marketing analysis, sales strategy is also an important component of the business plan for a convenience store . After identifying the market trends, the market demand, and the potential customers of the startup, the next step is to develop an ingenious strategy to attract those customers toward us. Mr. Spencer carried out an extensive research about various marketing and advertising strategies being implemented on established grocery store business model before developing an effective sales strategy for EasyShop.

6.1 Competitive Analysis:

Convenience store industry is one of the biggest industries of the United States making up 34% of all retail stores located in the United States. There are over 150,000 convenience stores in the United States; likewise, there are hundreds of established convenience stores in the New York City that’s why we have a really tough competition ahead of us.

Considering this fact, we have already made preparations for entering the massive retail industry of the United States. Our biggest competitive edge over other competitors will be our mobile app which can be used to make payments, order the goods for home delivery, or pre-book the goods. By pre-booking the goods, you don’t have to spend time on searching for all the goods at the store as one of our salesmen will have already collected them for you to pick up on the way. We have strategically built this app to facilitate the ever-busy working class of the society.

Our second competitive edge will be the availability of everything, every time. Unlike other stores, we will make sure that our stock never runs out and everything our customers may need is available with us. We will provide all kind of goods as compared to conventional convenience stores. Finally, our customer service will be the best in town. We will treat every customer with utmost respect and make sure that our customers leave our stores with big smiles on their faces.

6.2 Sales Strategy

After carrying out a detailed grocery store industry analysis , our experts came up with the following brilliant ideas to advertise and sell ourselves.

  • We will carry out a large-scale social media campaign for our advertisement.
  • We will allow our customers to buy our products online through our Facebook page and mobile app. Customers can pay online, order or pre-book their required goods.
  • We will offer various discounts and gifts on our products for the first month of our launch to encourage sales.

6.3 Sales Forecast

Considering our innovative app, the quality and availability of our products, and our unparalleled customer service, our sales pattern is expected to increase with years. By analyzing our market segmentation strategy, our experts have forecasted the following sales on a yearly basis which are summarized in the column charts.

Convenience Store Business Plan - Unit Sales

The detailed information about sales forecast, total unit sales, total sales is given in the following table:

Personnel plan

The key to the success of a business is its careful planning in the initial stages. Just like the planning of other components, you must also prepare a personnel plan before you think about how to start a grocery store business . It is also an extremely important stage because success of any business significantly depends upon its employees. So you have to prepare a plan for the staff needed whether you are developing a convenience store business plan  for a small shop.

It is never easy to estimate the number and type of staff needed for a company before it is even launched therefore it is always better to seek the help of HR experts to get through this phase. Mr. Spencer acquired the services of experts to help him developed the following personnel plan for his company.

7.1 Company Staff

Mr. Spencer will act as the General Manager of the company while Carl John will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. The company will initially hire following people in t:

  • 1 Store Manager to manage the operations of the store
  • 2 Administrators / Accountants to maintain financial records
  • 4 Sales Executives responsible for marketing and discovering new ventures
  • 10 Employees for operating and maintaining the store
  • 2 Inventory Manager to manage the merchandise present in store and storage
  • 1 Supply Chain Manager to purchase goods for the store
  • 5 Drivers to transport products from storage to store and for delivering products to customers
  • 4 Cleaners to keep the store clean at all times
  • 1 Front Desk Officer to act as a receptionist
  • 2 Security Officers

To ensure the best quality service, all employees will be selected through vigorous testing and will be trained for a month before starting their jobs.

7.2 Average Salary of Employees

The following table shows the forecasted data about employees and their salaries for next three years.

Financial Plan

After deciding the strategy and personnel plan of the company, the next step was to develop a detailed map about the financial projections covering all aspects of the company. Just like the planning of other aspects, you must also prepare a financial plan before you start thinking about how to start a convenience store business . The financial plan should craft a detailed map about the cost of startup, inventory, payroll, equipment, rent, utilities and how these costs will be covered with the earned profits. Before getting to think about how to start a convenience store, cost and profit analysis should be carried out.

Mr. Spencer hired experts to incorporate the financial aspect in the convenience store business plan . The financial plan outlines the development of the company over the next three years and is specifically developed to achieve both the company’s short-term and long-term objectives.

8.1 Important Assumptions

The company’s financial projections are forecasted on the basis of following assumptions. These assumptions are quite conservative and are also expected to show deviation but to a limited level such that the company’s major financial strategy will not be affected.

8.2 Brake-even Analysis

The following graph shows the company’s Brake-even Analysis.

Convenience Store Business Plan - Brake-even Analysis

8.3 Projected Profit and Loss

The following charts show the company’s expected Profit and Loss situation on the monthly and yearly basis.

8.3.1 Profit Monthly

The following graph shows the monthly profit, as forecasted by the company’s financial experts.

Convenience Store Business Plan - PROFIT MONTHLY

8.3.2 Profit Yearly

The following graph shows the yearly profit, as forecasted by the company’s financial experts.

Convenience Store Business Plan - PROFIT YEARLY

8.3.3 Gross Margin Monthly

The following graph shows the monthly gross margin, as forecasted by the company’s financial experts.

Convenience Store Business Plan - GROSS MARGIN MONTHLY

8.3.4 Gross Margin Yearly

The following graph shows the yearly gross margin, as forecasted by the company’s financial experts.

Convenience Store Business Plan - GROSS MARGIN YEARLY

The following table shows detailed information about profit and loss, and total cost of sales.

8.4 Projected Cash Flow

The following column diagram shows the projected cash flow.

Convenience Store Business Plan - Projected Cash Flow Diagram

8.5 Projected Balance Sheet

The following table shows detailed data about pro forma cash flow, subtotal cash from operations, subtotal cash received, sub-total spent on operations, subtotal cash spent. The following projected balance sheet shows data about total current assets, total long-term assets, total assets, subtotal current liabilities, total liabilities, total capital, total liabilities and capital.

8.6 Business Ratios

The following table shows data about business ratios, ratio analysis, total assets, net worth.

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Convenience Store Business Plan

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A convenience store can become a brilliant source of primary or secondary income if you do it right.

Also, the main benefit of a convenience store over a supermarket is that it is located around the corner of residential areas and faces lesser competition from retail giants.

And if you bring your unique touch to the business, who knows, you might have a chain as big as 7-Eleven. But for that, you’ll need a convenience store business plan.

A business plan helps you stand apart from your competitors and prepares you for challenges and opportunities alike.

Industry Overview

The convenience store industry generated a whopping amount of 532.9 billion dollars in 2020 and continues to grow at a rapid pace moving forward, too.

As convenience stores provide access to a variety of things including packaged food, fresh groceries, and on-the-go meals, they are highly preferred amongst the office-going audience who are always running short of time.

Convenience stores are also a great option for people who have less time to shop and want to avoid spending long hours looking for stuff in a supermarket.

All these factors would contribute majorly towards the growth and expansion of convenience stores in the future.

But as the market is competitive, you’ll have to do something that makes your store stand out.

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Things to Consider Before Writing Your Convenience Store Business Plan

Pick a legal structure.

The legal structure for your business not only decides the amount you’ll pay in taxes, but it also decides how much paperwork you’ll have to go through, if you’ll require legal help or not, what would be the liability on your assets, and so on.

Hence, you should take your time and pick a legal structure that fits your business.

Get the necessary permits

Several legal documents can help you avoid unnecessary legal hassles and carry out your business with ease. Several such documents can also help you avail yourself of tax and government benefits.

Hence, it is always a good practice to make a list of all the permits you’ll need and to get all of them before getting started.

Choose the right location

The location can make or break a convenience store business. The accessibility and convenience your store provides to your target audience help your business thrive and succeed.

Hence, you should make sure that you choose a good location for your business .

Offer something that helps your store stand out

As the convenience store business is quite competitive, your business must offer something that helps you stand apart from others who offer a similar product.

From taking inspiration from East Asian 7-elevens that offer microwaves and tables to eat food to offering vegan alternatives of snacks, you can choose from a wide variety of things to help your business stand out.

But make sure that it is something that your target audience prefers.

Chalking out Your Business Plan

If you are planning to start a new grocery or convenience store , the first thing you will need is a business plan. Use our sample business plan created using Upmetrics business plan software to start writing your business plan in no time.

Before you start writing a business plan for your new convenience store, spend as much time as you can reading through some samples of the grocery or convenience store business plans.

Reading some sample business plans will give you a good idea of what you’re aiming for. Also, it will show you the different sections that different entrepreneurs include and the language they use to write about themselves and their business plans.

We have created this sample business plan for you to get a good idea about how perfect a convenience store business plan should look and what details you will need to include in your stunning business plan.

Convenience Store Business Plan Outline

This is the standard convenience store business plan outline, which will cover all important sections that you should include in your business plan.

  • Keys to Success
  • Past Performance
  • Products and services
  • Industry Analysis
  • Market Analysis
  • Target Market Segment Strategy
  • Competition and Buying Patterns
  • Website Marketing Strategy
  • Development Requirements
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Competitive Edge
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Sales Forecast
  • Personnel Plan
  • Important Assumptions
  • Break-even Analysis
  • Projected Profit and Loss
  • Projected Cash Flow
  • Projected Balance Sheet
  • Business Ratios
  • Profit and Loss
  • Balance Sheet

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Convenience Store Business Plan

You’ve come to the right place to create your Convenience Store business plan.

We have helped over 5,000 entrepreneurs and business owners create business plans and many have used them to start or grow their convenience stores.

Below is a template to help you create each section of a business plan for your convenience store.

Executive Summary

Business overview.

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store is a new convenience store located in Lansing, Michigan. The business is a newly established convenience store set up by its founder, Pete McGee. As a longtime retailer and employee of various convenience stores throughout Lansing, Pete realized that the small suburb that he resides in has grown too quickly to meet the demand of the area residents. There is an intersection that Pete has identified to be without a convenience store within 5 miles.

For the past ten years, Pete has been the area manager for 6 convenience stores for a locally-owned brand. Through his promotion, Pete oversaw the store managers and made sure each store was profitable, well stocked, and had the proper staff in place. Through his knowledge and training, Pete is well-equipped to be able to open his own convenience store and manage it properly.

Speedy Pete’s will offer gas as well as a car wash and air machine for tires. The store itself will offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, basic groceries, and ready-made coffee, donuts, and hot food. It will be the perfect stop for the area residents to stop in and purchase their products without having to go out of their way.

Product Offering

The following are the products that Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will provide:

  • Air Machine
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer and Wine
  • Basic Groceries
  • Beverage Machine
  • Freshly Made Hot Coffee
  • Freshly Made Donuts/Cookies
  • Freshly Made Hot Food (hot dogs, burritos, sandwiches)

Customer Focus

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will target all residents residing in southeastern Lansing and commuters traveling through the area. The customers will come from all demographics and ages.

Management Team

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will be owned and operated by Pete McGee. As a former area manager that oversaw 6 convenience stores in the area, Pete is able to open, train his employees, and ensure that the convenience store will run smoothly and efficiently. He is exceptionally knowledgeable in monitoring profit margins and ensuring the store is profitable.

Pete McGee has worked in the retail industry for most of his life. He has worked in convenience stores, home improvement stores, and large retailers. For the past ten years, Pete has been the area manager for 6 convenience stores for a locally-owned brand. Through his promotion, Pete oversaw the store managers and made sure each store was profitable, well stocked, and had the proper staff in place. Pete was exceptional at his job as he was able to monitor profit margins and teach his store managers which products to keep on the shelves and which products to get rid of. Through his knowledge and training, Pete is well-equipped to be able to open his own convenience store and manage it properly.

Success Factors

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will be able to achieve success by offering the following competitive advantages:

  • Ideal location – there is not a convenience store within 5 miles of the newly developed neighborhood
  • Large selection of snacks, beverages, and freshly made items
  • The gas to be sold is from the highest quality gas distributor

Financial Highlights

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store is seeking $400,000 in debt financing to open the convenience store. The funding will be dedicated towards securing the land, funding the construction, and purchasing the initial inventory. Funding will also be dedicated towards three months of overhead costs to include payroll of the staff, utilities, and marketing costs for the convenience store. The breakout of the funding is below:

  • Purchase 0.5 acre of retail land located at an intersection: $100,000
  • Construction and build-out of the small convenience store: $100,000
  • Three months of overhead expenses (payroll, rent, utilities): $150,000
  • Marketing costs: $10,000
  • Working capital: $40,000

Convenience Store Business Plan

Company Overview

Who is speedy pete’s convenience store.

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store is a new convenience store located in Lansing, Michigan. The business is a newly established convenience store set up by its founder, Pete McGee. As a longtime retailer and employee of various convenience stores throughout Lansing, Pete realized that the small suburb that he resides in has grown too quickly to meet the demand of the area residents. There is an intersection that Pete has identified to be without a convenience store within 5 miles. The city just put up a traffic light because the traffic has increased significantly within the past two years. The intersection is at the bottom of a newly developed neighborhood so the convenience store will be passed by its residents multiple times throughout the day and will be accessible through two points of entry.

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store History

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store is owned and operated by Pete McGee. Pete is a former convenience store employee, manager, and area manager. He has experience in monitoring profit margins, managing employees, and managing inventories.

Since incorporation, Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store has achieved the following milestones:

  • Registered Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store, LLC to transact business in the state of Michigan.
  • Has contracts in place for his gas, grocery, and drink suppliers.
  • Contacted an architectural and construction firm to begin the design and construction of the convenience store.
  • Began recruiting a staff of employees to help him with the day to day operations.

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store Products

The following will be the products Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will provide:

Industry Analysis

Customer analysis, demographic profile of target market.

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will target all residents of Lansing Michigan. The target market will consist of area residents, students, and employees working in the area.

The precise demographics for Lansing, Michigan are:

  • 1,006,032 residents
  • 560,000 households
  • 584 schools
  • 300,084 area businesses
  • 3 major highways within 20 miles

Customer Segmentation

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will primarily target the following customer profiles:

  • Residents living in the area
  • Employees working in the area
  • Travelers driving through Lansing

Competitive Analysis

Direct and indirect competitors.

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will face competition from other companies with similar business profiles. A description of each competitor company is below.

Speed Demon Convenience Stores

Speed Demon is a gasoline-convenience store brand that has over 3,500 stores across the country. They service over 2 million customers everyday and offer a robust rewards program where customers are able to earn discounts on gas and products by being a frequent shopper. The stores include a Speedy Cafe that is a fast-casual dining option and is on track to open another 100 stores by the end of next year. The company is headquartered in Ohio and is a sub-organization with Marathon Petroleum.

9-29 Convenience Stores

9-29 Convenience Stores is a large name in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 9-29 operates, franchises, and/or licenses more than 13,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. The company offers cold drinks, candy, pizzas, groceries, tobacco items, lottery tickets, coffee, juices, sandwiches, ice creams, snacks, and other related items. The chain was founded in 1927.

A couple of the most popular items 9-29 offers are their large Slurpee drinks and large soft drink cups for its soda fountain machine. The cups offered are the largest on the market at 128 ounces.

Fast Time Convenience Stores

Fast Time Convenience Stores is an operator of a network of convenience stores and gas stations in the northeastern part of the United States. The company’s stores offer groceries, beverages, fresh food, car wash services, road transportation fuel, stationeries and other retail products. Fast Time was founded in 1958 and continues to operate from the original family that established it.

Most recently, Fast Time has attempted to grow its footprint to the midwestern states of the US. The company is currently conducting market research to see if the investment would be viable as those states tend to be saturated with a multitude of convenience store chains.

Competitive Advantage

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will be able to offer the following advantages over their competition:

Marketing Plan

Brand & value proposition.

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will offer the unique value proposition to its clientele:

  • The location is strategically located in a convenience store desert where there is no other convenience store within 5 miles.
  • Large selection of snacks, beverages, and freshly made hot food items.
  • The store will contract with the highest quality fuel distributor.
  • Pricing will be competitive and on par with other convenience store chains.

Promotions Strategy

The promotions strategy for Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store is as follows:

Speedy Pete’s will be located in a newly developed neighborhood where there are no other convenience stores in the area yet. The owner has identified a parcel of land in a highly trafficked area where a traffic light was just put up. The intersection sees thousands of residents and cars pass by on a daily basis.

Print Advertising

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will invest in professionally designed print ads to display in newspapers, paper programs,  or flyers to be handed out at local events.

Website/SEO Marketing

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will hire a third-party marketing company to design their print ads and design their website. The website will be well organized, informative, and list all the convenience store products they plan to offer. The website will also list their contact information and directions to the convenience store. The marketing company will also include SEO tactics so that anytime someone types in the Google or Bing search engine “Lansing convenience store” or “convenience store near me”, Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will be listed at the top of the search results.

The owner will also hire the marketing company to design eye-catching billboard designs to be displayed in different parts of the city. The billboards will target the drivers and/or tourists that will be heading in the direction of the convenience store.

The pricing of Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will be moderate and on par with competitors so customers feel they receive value when purchasing their convenience store products.

Operations Plan

The following will be the operations plan for Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store.

Operation Functions:

  • Pete McGee will be the Owner and Operator of the company. He will oversee all staff, hire, train, and manage store inventory, and supplier contracts and relationships.
  • Bob Jones – will be the Head Manager to be in charge of the convenience store when Pete is not there. He will also work closely with Pete to learn all aspects of managing a convenience store.
  • Bookkeeper – Will be in charge of payroll, accounts receivable and payable, and tax payments.
  • Staff of 3 – 4 employees to assist with customer service and cleaning.

Milestones:

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will have the following milestones complete in the next six months.

1/1/202X – Finalize purchase of retail land

2/15/202X – Begin construction on the convenience store

3/1/202X – Finalize contracts for gas and grocery supplier

4/15/202X – Purchase all store inventory and supplies

5/1/202X – Final walk through of convenience store

5/15/202X – Hire and train convenience store staff

6/1/202X – Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store opens for business

Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store will be owned and operated by Pete McGee, a lifelong Lansing resident who has extensive experience in the convenience store industry, having worked as an hourly employee and up to an area manager overseeing 6 stores.

Financial Plan

Key revenue & costs.

The revenue drivers for Speedy Pete’s Convenience Store are the revenues it will receive from the sales of gas, car washes, grocery, snacks, beverages, alcoholic beverages, and hot ready made food.

The cost drivers will be the overhead costs required in order to staff and maintain a profitable and successful convenience store. The expenses will be the payroll cost, land payment, utilities, store supplies and inventory, car wash maintenance, and marketing materials.

Funding Requirements and Use of Funds

Key assumptions.

The following outlines the key assumptions required in order to achieve the revenue and cost numbers in the financials and in order to pay off the startup business loan.

  • Number of Products Sold per Month: 10,300
  • Average Price per Product: $5
  • Number of Convenience Store Products Sold Per Year: 123,600

Financial Projections

Income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement, convenience store business plan faqs, what is a convenience store business plan.

A convenience store business plan is a plan to start and/or grow your convenience store business. Among other things, it outlines your business concept, identifies your target customers, presents your marketing plan and details your financial projections.

You can easily complete your Convenience Store business plan using our Convenience Store Business Plan Template here .

What are the Main Types of Convenience Stores?

There are a number of different kinds of convenience stores , some examples include: Traditional Convenience Store, Mini Convenience Store, Limited Selection Convenience Store, Expanded Convenience Store, Hyper Convenience Store, and Kiosk.

How Do You Get Funding for Your Convenience Store Business Plan?

Convenience Stores are often funded through small business loans. Personal savings, credit card financing and angel investors are also popular forms of funding.

What are the Steps To Start a Convenience Store Business?

Starting a convenience store business can be an exciting endeavor. Having a clear roadmap of the steps to start a business will help you stay focused on your goals and get started faster.

1. Develop A Convenience Store Business Plan - The first step in starting a business is to create a detailed convenience store start up business plan  that outlines all aspects of the venture. This should include potential market size and target customers, the services or products you will offer, pricing strategies and a detailed financial forecast.  

2. Choose Your Legal Structure - It's important to select an appropriate legal entity for your convenience store business. This could be a limited liability company (LLC), corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship. Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks so it’s important to do research and choose wisely so that your convenience store business is in compliance with local laws.

3. Register Your Convenience Store Business - Once you have chosen a legal structure, the next step is to register your convenience store business with the government or state where you’re operating from. This includes obtaining licenses and permits as required by federal, state, and local laws. 

4. Identify Financing Options - It’s likely that you’ll need some capital to start your convenience store business, so take some time to identify what financing options are available such as bank loans, investor funding, grants, or crowdfunding platforms. 

5. Choose a Location - Whether you plan on operating out of a physical location or not, you should always have an idea of where you’ll be based should it become necessary in the future as well as what kind of space would be suitable for your operations. 

6. Hire Employees - There are several ways to find qualified employees including job boards like LinkedIn or Indeed as well as hiring agencies if needed – depending on what type of employees you need it might also be more effective to reach out directly through networking events. 

7. Acquire Necessary Convenience Store Equipment & Supplies - In order to start your convenience store business, you'll need to purchase all of the necessary equipment and supplies to run a successful operation. 

8. Market & Promote Your Business - Once you have all the necessary pieces in place, it’s time to start promoting and marketing your convenience store business. This includes creating a website, utilizing social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, and having an effective Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. You should also consider traditional marketing techniques such as radio or print advertising. 

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How to write a business plan for a convenience store?

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Writing a business plan for a convenience store can be an intimidating task, especially for those just starting.

This in-depth guide is designed to help entrepreneurs like you understand how to create a comprehensive business plan so that you can approach the exercise with method and confidence.

We'll cover: why writing a convenience store business plan is so important - both when starting up, and when running and growing the business - what information you need to include in your plan, how it should be structured, and what tools you can use to get the job done efficiently.

Let's get started!

In this guide:

Why write a business plan for a convenience store?

What information is needed to create a business plan for a convenience store.

  • What goes in the financial forecast for a convenience store?
  • What goes in the written part of a convenience store business plan?
  • What tool can I use to write my convenience store business plan?

Being clear on the scope and goals of the document will make it easier to understand its structure and content. So before diving into the actual content of the plan, let's have a quick look at the main reasons why you would want to write a convenience store business plan in the first place.

To have a clear roadmap to grow the business

Small businesses rarely experience a constant and predictable environment. Economic cycles go up and down, while the business landscape is mutating constantly with new regulations, technologies, competitors, and consumer behaviours emerging when we least expect it.

In this dynamic context, it's essential to have a clear roadmap for your convenience store. Otherwise, you are navigating in the dark which is dangerous given that - as a business owner - your capital is at risk.

That's why crafting a well-thought-out business plan is crucial to ensure the long-term success and sustainability of your venture.

To create an effective business plan, you'll need to take a step-by-step approach. First, you'll have to assess your current position (if you're already in business), and then identify where you'd like your convenience store to be in the next three to five years.

Once you have a clear destination for your convenience store, you'll focus on three key areas:

  • Resources: you'll determine the human, equipment, and capital resources needed to reach your goals successfully.
  • Speed: you'll establish the optimal pace at which your business needs to grow if it is to meet its objectives within the desired timeframe.
  • Risks: you'll identify and address potential risks you might encounter along the way.

By going through this process regularly, you'll be able to make informed decisions about resource allocation, paving the way for the long-term success of your business.

To get visibility on future cash flows

If your small convenience store runs out of cash: it's game over. That's why we often say "cash is king", and it's crucial to have a clear view of your convenience store's future cash flows.

So, how can you achieve this? It's simple - you need to have an up-to-date financial forecast.

The good news is that your convenience store business plan already includes a financial forecast (which we'll discuss further in this guide). Your task is to ensure it stays current.

To accomplish this, it's essential to regularly compare your actual financial performance with what was planned in your financial forecast. Based on your business's current trajectory, you can make adjustments to the forecast.

By diligently monitoring your convenience store's financial health, you'll be able to spot potential financial issues, like unexpected cash shortfalls, early on and take corrective actions. Moreover, this practice will enable you to recognize and capitalize on growth opportunities, such as excess cash flow enabling you to expand to new locations.

To secure financing

Whether you are a startup or an existing business, writing a detailed convenience store business plan is essential when seeking financing from banks or investors.

This makes sense given what we've just seen: financiers want to ensure you have a clear roadmap and visibility on your future cash flows.

Banks will use the information included in the plan to assess your borrowing capacity (how much debt your business can support) and your ability to repay the loan before deciding whether they will extend credit to your business and on what terms.

Similarly, investors will review your plan carefully to assess if their investment can generate an attractive return on investment.

To do so, they will be looking for evidence that your convenience store has the potential for healthy growth, profitability, and cash flow generation over time.

Now that you understand why it is important to create a business plan for a convenience store, let's take a look at what information is needed to create one.

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Writing a convenience store business plan requires research so that you can project sales, investments and cost accurately in your financial forecast.

In this section, we cover three key pieces of information you should gather before drafting your business plan!

Carrying out market research for a convenience store

Carrying out market research before writing a business plan for a convenience store is essential to ensure that the financial projections are accurate and realistic.

Market research helps you gain insight into your target customer base, competitors, pricing strategies and other key factors which can have an impact on the commercial success of your business.

In particular, it is useful in forecasting revenue as it provides valuable data regarding potential customers’ spending habits and preferences.

You could discover that customers may be looking for more healthy snack options, such as nuts, yogurt, and granola bars. Additionally, customers might be interested in more convenient grab-and-go meal options, such as pre-made sandwiches and salads.

This information can then be used to create more accurate financial projections which will help investors make informed decisions about investing in your convenience store.

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Developing the sales and marketing plan for a convenience store

Budgeting sales and marketing expenses is essential before creating a convenience store business plan.

A comprehensive sales and marketing plan should provide an accurate projection of what actions need to be implemented to acquire and retain customers, how many people are needed to carry out these initiatives, and how much needs to be spent on promotions, advertising, and other aspects.

This helps ensure that the right amount of resources is allocated to these activities in order to hit the sales and growth objectives forecasted in your business plan.

The staffing and equipment needs of a convenience store

As you embark on starting or expanding your convenience store, having a clear plan for recruitment and capital expenditures (investment in equipment and real estate) is essential for ensuring your business's success.

Both the recruitment and investment plans must align with the timing and level of growth projected in your forecast, and they require appropriate funding.

A convenience store might incur staffing costs such as wages for cashiers, stockers, and managers. They may also need to buy equipment such as cash registers, shelving units, and refrigerators. Additionally, they may need to pay for other supplies such as cleaning supplies, paper towels, and food packaging.

To create a realistic financial forecast, you also need to consider other operating expenses associated with the day-to-day running of your business, such as insurance and bookkeeping.

With all the necessary information at hand, you are ready to begin crafting your business plan and developing your financial forecast.

What goes into your convenience store's financial forecast?

The financial forecast of your convenience store's business plan will enable you to assess the growth, profitability, funding requirements, and cash generation potential of your business in the coming years.

The four key outputs of a financial forecast for a convenience store are:

  • The profit and loss (P&L) statement ,
  • The projected balance sheet ,
  • The cash flow forecast ,
  • And the sources and uses table .

Let's look at each of these in a bit more detail.

The projected P&L statement

Your convenience store forecasted P&L statement enables the reader of your business plan to get an idea of how much revenue and profits your business is expected to make in the near future.

forecasted profit and loss statement in a convenience store business plan

Ideally, your reader will want to see:

  • Growth above the inflation level
  • Expanding profit margins
  • Positive net profit throughout the plan

Expectations for an established convenience store will of course be different than for a startup. Existing businesses which have reached their cruising altitude might have slower growth and higher margins than ventures just being started.

The forecasted balance sheet of your convenience store

The projected balance sheet of your convenience store will enable the reader of your business plan to assess the overall financial health of your business.

It shows three elements: assets, liabilities and equity:

  • Assets: are productive resources owned by the business, such as equipment, cash, and accounts receivable (money owed by clients).
  • Liabilities: are debts owed to creditors, lenders, and other entities, such as accounts payable (money owed to suppliers).
  • Equity: includes the sums invested by the shareholders or business owners and the profits and losses accumulated by the business to date (which are called retained earnings). It is a proxy for the value of the owner's stake in the business.

projected balance sheet in a convenience store business plan example

Analysing your convenience store projected balance sheet provides an understanding of your convenience store's working capital structure, investment and financing policies.

In particular, the readers of your plan can compare the level of financial debt on the balance sheet to the equity value to measure the level of financial risk (equity doesn't need to be reimbursed, while financial debt must be repaid, making it riskier).

They can also use your balance sheet to assess your convenience store's liquidity and solvency:

  • A liquidity analysis: focuses on whether or not your business has sufficient cash and short-term assets to cover its liabilities due in the next 12 months.
  • A solvency analysis: takes and longer view to assess whether or not your business has the capacity to repay its debts over the medium-term.

The cash flow forecast

As we've seen earlier in this guide, monitoring future cash flows is the key to success and the only way of ensuring that your convenience store has enough cash to operate.

As you can expect showing future cash flows is the main role of the cash flow forecast in your convenience store business plan.

example of projected cash flow forecast in a convenience store business plan

It is best practice to organise the cash flow statement by nature in order to show the cash impact of the following areas:

  • Cash flow generated from operations: the operating cash flow shows how much cash is generated or consumed by the business's commercial activities
  • Cash flow from investing activities: the investing cash flow shows how much cash is being invested in capital expenditure (equipment, real estate, etc.) either to maintain the business's equipment or to expand its capabilities
  • Cash flow from financing activities: the financing cash flow shows how much cash is raised or distributed to financiers

Looking at the cash flow forecast helps you to make sure that your business has enough cash to keep running, and can help you anticipate potential cash shortfalls.

Your convenience store business plan will normally include both yearly and monthly cash flow forecasts so that the readers can view the impact of seasonality on your business cash position and generation.

The initial financing plan

The sources and uses table or initial financing plan is a key component of your business plan when starting a convenience store.

It shows where the capital needed to set up the business will come from (sources) and how it will be spent (uses).

sources and uses table in a convenience store business plan

This table helps size the investment required to set up the convenience store, and understand how risks will be distributed between the business owners, and the financiers.

The sources and uses table also highlights what the starting cash position will be. This is key for startups as the business needs to have sufficient funding to sustain operations until the break-even point is reached.

Now that you have a clear understanding of what will go into the financial forecast of your convenience store business plan, let's have a look at the written part of the plan.

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The written part of a convenience store business plan

The written part of the business plan is where you will explain what your business does and how it operates, what your target market is, whom you compete against, and what strategy you will put in place to seize the commercial opportunity you've identified.

Having this context is key for the reader to form a view on whether or not they believe that your plan is achievable and the numbers in your forecast realistic.

The written part of a convenience store business plan is composed of 7 main sections:

  • The executive summary
  • The presentation of the company
  • The products and services
  • The market analysis
  • The strategy
  • The operations
  • The financial plan

Let's go through the content of each section in more detail!

1. The executive summary

The executive summary, the first section of your convenience store's business plan, serves as an inviting snapshot of your entire plan, leaving readers eager to know more about your business.

To compose an effective executive summary, start with a concise introduction of your business, covering its name, concept, location, history, and unique aspects. Share insights about the services or products you intend to offer and your target customer base.

Subsequently, provide an overview of your convenience store's addressable market, highlighting current trends and potential growth opportunities.

Then, present a summary of critical financial figures, such as projected revenues, profits, and cash flows.

You should then include a summary of your key financial figures such as projected revenues, profits, and cash flows.

Lastly, address any funding needs in the "ask" section of your executive summary.

2. The presentation of the company

In your convenience store business plan, the second section should focus on the structure and ownership, location, and management team of your company.

In the structure and ownership part, you'll provide an overview of the business's legal structure, details about the owners, and their respective investments and ownership shares. This clarity is crucial, especially if you're seeking financing, as it helps the reader understand which legal entity will receive the funds and who controls the business.

Moving on to the location part, you'll offer an overview of the company's premises and their surroundings. Explain why this particular location is of interest, highlighting factors like catchment area, accessibility, and nearby amenities.

When describing the location of your convenience store to a third-party financier, you may want to emphasize the area's high rate of foot traffic. You could also discuss the potential for drawing customers from nearby neighborhoods. Additionally, you may want to highlight any amenities, such as public transport or parking, that may draw more customers to the store. Finally, you might mention any other nearby retailers that may benefit from the increased traffic that your store will bring.

Finally, you should introduce your management team. Describe each member's role, background, and experience.

Don't forget to emphasize any past successes achieved by the management team and how long they've been working together. Demonstrating their track record and teamwork will help potential lenders or investors gain confidence in their leadership and ability to execute the business plan.

3. The products and services section

The products and services section of your business plan should include a detailed description of the offerings that your company provides to its customers. 

For example, your convenience store might offer a variety of snacks, drinks, and other convenience items to its customers, such as chips, candy, pre-packaged sandwiches, energy drinks, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. These items provide customers with quick and easy access to items they need without having to go to a traditional grocery store. Additionally, the convenience store could provide other services such as a car wash, ATM access, or a copy center to help customers get their tasks done quickly and conveniently.

When drafting this section, you should be precise about the categories of products or services you sell, the types of customers you are targeting and how customers can buy them.

convenience store business plan: products and services section

4. The market analysis

When you present your market analysis in your convenience store business plan, it's crucial to include detailed information about customers' demographics and segmentation, target market, competition, barriers to entry, and any relevant regulations.

The main objective of this section is to help the reader understand the size and attractiveness of the market while demonstrating your solid understanding of the industry.

Begin with the demographics and segmentation subsection, providing an overview of the addressable market for your convenience store, the key trends in the marketplace, and introducing different customer segments along with their preferences in terms of purchasing habits and budgets.

Next, focus on your target market, zooming in on the specific customer segments your convenience store aims to serve and explaining how your products and services fulfil their distinct needs.

For example, your target market might include busy professionals who need quick and convenient access to food and other essentials. They don't have time to shop at a large grocery store, but they still need to pick up a few items. This segment of customers is likely to appreciate the convenience of a nearby store where they can quickly grab what they need and check out quickly.

Then proceed to the competition subsection, where you introduce your main competitors and highlight what sets you apart from them.

Finally, conclude your market analysis with an overview of the key regulations applicable to your convenience store.

5. The strategy section

When crafting the strategy section of your business plan for your convenience store, it's important to cover several key aspects, including your competitive edge, pricing strategy, sales & marketing plan, milestones, and risks and mitigants.

In the competitive edge subsection, clearly explain what sets your company apart from competitors. This is particularly critical if you're a startup, as you'll be trying to establish your presence in the marketplace among entrenched players.

The pricing strategy subsection should demonstrate how you aim to maintain profitability while offering competitive prices to your customers.

For the sales & marketing plan, outline how you plan to reach and acquire new customers, as well as retain existing ones through loyalty programs or special offers.

In the milestones subsection, detail what your company has achieved thus far and outline your primary objectives for the coming years by including specific dates for expected progress. This ensures everyone involved has clear expectations.

Lastly, in the risks and mitigants subsection, list the main risks that could potentially impact the execution of your plan. Explain the measures you've taken to minimize these risks. This is vital for investors or lenders to feel confident in supporting your venture - try to proactively address any objection they might have.

One of the risks your convenience store may face is theft. There is a possibility that customers may try to steal items from the store, either by taking them out of the store without paying, or by using counterfeit money. Having a security system in place, as well as training staff to be vigilant, may help to mitigate this risk. Another risk your convenience store may face is cyber security breaches. Your store may keep customer data, such as credit card numbers, which could be vulnerable to being accessed or stolen by hackers. Having strong security protocols in place, such as firewalls and encryption, as well as regularly monitoring your system, could help protect your store from this type of risk.

6. The operations section

The operations of your convenience store must be presented in detail in your business plan.

The first thing you should cover in this section is your staffing team, the main roles, and the overall recruitment plan to support the growth expected in your business plan. You should also outline the qualifications and experience necessary to fulfil each role, and how you intend to recruit (using job boards, referrals, or headhunters).

You should then state the operating hours of your convenience store - so that the reader can check the adequacy of your staffing levels - and any plans for varying opening times during peak season. Additionally, the plan should include details on how you will handle customer queries outside of normal operating hours.

The next part of this section should focus on the key assets and IP required to operate your business. If you depend on any licenses or trademarks, physical structures (equipment or property) or lease agreements, these should all go in there.

You could have physical assets such as the building and equipment of the store, as well as intellectual property such as your brand logo, slogans, and any trademarks or patents associated with the store. You might also have a customer loyalty program or an app that could be considered intellectual property.

Finally, you should include a list of suppliers that you plan to work with and a breakdown of their services and main commercial terms (price, payment terms, contract duration, etc.). Investors are always keen to know if there is a particular reason why you have chosen to work with a specific supplier (higher-quality products or past relationships for example).

7. The presentation of the financial plan

The financial plan section is where we will include the financial forecast we talked about earlier in this guide.

Now that you have a clear idea of the content of a convenience store business plan, let's look at some of the tools you can use to create yours.

What tool should I use to write my convenience store's business plan?

In this section, we will be reviewing the two main solutions for creating a convenience store business plan:

  • Using specialized online business plan software,
  • Outsourcing the plan to the business plan writer.

Using an online business plan software for your convenience store's business plan

Using online business planning software is the most efficient and modern way to write a convenience store business plan.

There are several advantages to using specialized software:

  • You can easily create your financial forecast by letting the software take care of the financial calculations for you without errors
  • You are guided through the writing process by detailed instructions and examples for each part of the plan
  • You can access a library of dozens of complete business plan samples and templates for inspiration
  • You get a professional business plan, formatted and ready to be sent to your bank or investors
  • You can easily track your actual financial performance against your financial forecast
  • You can create scenarios to stress test your forecast's main assumptions
  • You can easily update your forecast as time goes by to maintain visibility on future cash flows
  • You have a friendly support team on standby to assist you when you are stuck

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Hiring a business plan writer to write your convenience store's business plan

Outsourcing your convenience store business plan to a business plan writer can also be a viable option.

These writers possess valuable experience in crafting business plans and creating accurate financial forecasts. Additionally, enlisting their services can save you precious time, enabling you to concentrate on the day-to-day operations of your business.

It's important to be mindful, though, that hiring business plan writers comes with a cost. You'll be paying not just for their time but also for the software they use, and their profit margin.

Based on experience, a complete business plan usually requires a budget of at least £1.5k ($2.0k) excluding tax, and more if revisions are needed after initial meetings with lenders or investors - changes often arise following these discussions.

When seeking investment, be cautious about spending too much on consulting fees. Investors prefer their funds to contribute directly to business growth. Thus, the amount you spend on business plan writing services and other consulting services should be negligible compared to the amount you raise.

Another aspect to consider is that while you'll receive the output of the business plan, you usually won't own the actual document. It will be saved in the consultant's business plan software, which will make updating the plan challenging without retaining the consultant on a retainer.

Given these factors, it's essential to carefully weigh the pros and cons of outsourcing your convenience store business plan to a business plan writer and decide what best suits your business's unique needs.

Why not create your convenience store's business plan using Word or Excel?

I must advise against using Microsoft Excel and Word (or their Google, Apple, or open-source equivalents) to write your convenience store business plan. Let me explain why.

Firstly, creating an accurate and error-free financial forecast on Excel (or any spreadsheet) is highly technical and requires a strong grasp of accounting principles and financial modelling skills. It is, therefore, unlikely that anyone will fully trust your numbers unless you have both a degree in finance and accounting and significant financial modelling experience, like us at The Business Plan Shop.

Secondly, relying on spreadsheets is inefficient. While it may have been the only option in the past, technology has advanced significantly, and software can now perform these tasks much faster and with greater accuracy. With the rise of AI, software can even help us detect mistakes in forecasts and analyze the numbers for better decision-making.

And with the rise of AI, software is also becoming smarter at helping us detect mistakes in our forecasts and helping us analyse the numbers to make better decisions.

Moreover, software makes it easier to compare actuals versus forecasts and maintain up-to-date forecasts to keep visibility on future cash flows, as we discussed earlier in this guide. This task is cumbersome when using spreadsheets.

Now, let's talk about the written part of your convenience store business plan. While it may be less error-prone, using software can bring tremendous gains in productivity. Word processors, for example, lack instructions and examples for each part of your business plan. They also won't automatically update your numbers when changes occur in your forecast, and they don't handle formatting for you.

Overall, while Word or Excel may seem viable for some entrepreneurs to create a business plan, it's by far becoming an antiquated way of doing things.

  • Using business plan software is a modern and cost-effective way of writing and maintaining business plans.
  • A business plan is not a one-shot exercise as maintaining it current is the only way to keep visibility on your future cash flows.
  • A business plan has 2 main parts: a financial forecast outlining the funding requirements of your convenience store and the expected growth, profits and cash flows for the next 3 to 5 years; and a written part which gives the reader the information needed to decide if they believe the forecast is achievable.

We hope that this in-depth guide met your expectations and that you now have a clear understanding of how to write your convenience store business plan. Do not hesitate to contact our friendly team if you have questions additional questions we haven't addressed here.

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Guillaume Le Brouster is a seasoned entrepreneur and financier.

Guillaume has been an entrepreneur for more than a decade and has first-hand experience of starting, running, and growing a successful business.

Prior to being a business owner, Guillaume worked in investment banking and private equity, where he spent most of his time creating complex financial forecasts, writing business plans, and analysing financial statements to make financing and investment decisions.

Guillaume holds a Master's Degree in Finance from ESCP Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Business & Management from Paris Dauphine University.

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported about 25,900 general convenience stores in operation during 2008. These convenience stores range from small, limited inventory stores to large, high-volume locations. This fair amount of competition makes the convenience store business plan a necessity to ensure the store’s longevity and competitiveness.

Create the general business description for your convenience store. List the registered name and business structure of your business, such as sole proprietorship or Limited Liability Corporation. Use this section to summarize the convenience store’s financial outlook. Include a brief breakdown of the startup costs and equity needed for your store.

Identify the products and services that your convenience store will provide. Include a description of its general merchandise, along with any additional services that the convenience store will provide, such as lottery sales and deli items. Break the items into categories and detail each service.

Research the convenience store industry in your area as the information will assist you in completing a market analysis. Use resources such as Convenience Store News, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census and the Texas Grocery & Convenience Association for information. Seek assistance from the local U.S. Small Business Administration, if you encounter research difficulties.

Begin the marketing analysis with an overview of the industry’s economic outlook. Explain the current and forecast state of your area’s convenience store industry, the overall economic climate of the area and the target market, or customer profile, of the store’s intended customers. Follow the overview with a detailed analysis of the convenience store industry, your convenience store’s target market.

Include a competitive analysis. Display the number of convenience stores in your store’s area that will compete for the customer’s business. Identify your store’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Explain the strategies your business will use to compete with the competition while overcoming the identified weaknesses and threats.

Develop a marketing plan that will create maximum visibility for your convenience store. Identify the signage you will use to attract customers. Explain how your store will create and maintain regular customers, as well as walk-in traffic. Explain the pricing that your convenience store will use for its products and services. Include a condensed products and services list in this section.

Explain the convenience store’s organizational structure. Include an organizational chart for quick reference. Be sure to identify whether the staff are full-time or part-time employees. Include the salary information for each position, along with the costs for any benefits or training sessions, such as lottery or deli training.

Provide details on your convenience store’s location and operations. Give an exact address if the location has already been secured. List the store’s hours of operations, including weekend and holiday hours.

List the fixtures, equipment and furniture the store will need to operate efficiently, including cash registers, coolers and shelving. Identify the legal requirements that your store must meet and list them, along with their costs. Include requirements such as zoning laws, licensing and vending requirements, taxes and building lease information. List your supplier and merchandising information. Include each supplier’s costs, delivery fees and turnaround times.

Complete a profit and loss statement, cash flow analysis, balance sheet and personal financial statement. Use forecast and projected figures if your store has yet to open for business. Make reasonable and attainable assumptions. Include easy-to-read charts of your projections for quick reference.

Complete the executive summary and place it at the front of the business plan. Use this section to summarize the business plan’s information. Limit the executive summary to no more than two pages. Include a summary of the convenience store’s management team, mission statement and forecast sales goals.

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Convenience Store Business Plan [Sample Template]

By: Author Tony Martins Ajaero

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Are you about starting a convenience store? If YES, here is a complete sample convenience store business plan template & feasibility study you can use for FREE .

There are some folks who may not have the financial muscle to buy things in bulk. This is exactly one of the reasons why retail stores are in existence. This is one business that people have continued to delve into it. It is also true that the needs of the people are being met on a daily basis.

Also, it is no doubt that there is a good return on investment in this trade. Here is a business plan template that you may want to use to tweak yours;

A Sample Convenience Store Business Plan Template

Industry overview.

One of the easy to enter and thriving business line that an entrepreneur how is looking towards starting a business of his or her own is to go into retailing business. The retail business is indeed a wide business of which convenience store business falls under.

Simply put, a convenience store is usually a small store that stocks a wide range of everyday items that are used in households.

It is common to find commodities such as groceries, soft drinks, snack foods, candy, toiletries, tobacco products, and even call cards, newspapers and magazines et al. Some convenience stores even go as far as securing license to retail alcoholic drinks such as liquors, spirits, beers and wines et al while some secure license to operate a mobile money center or a money transfer center.

Starting a convenience store business is just like starting any other retailing business- it will require start – up capital(money), planning (feasibility studies, market survey, budgeting), and of course time. Convenience stores have become an essential part of our everyday lives.

No doubt, the items that are sold in convenience stores are in demand all over the world, making them a good and profitable business to start.

If you are considering starting this type of business, then you must hunt for the right location; with the right location, items in stock, and good pricing structure, you can start making profit as soon as possible after opening your convenience store.

Basically, a convenience store does not necessarily need to be part of a gas (petrol) station chain of business. As a matter of fact, it is common to find convenience stores located alongside a busy road, in a busy community, in an urban area, or near a railway or railroad station or other transport hub.

In some countries like the united states, United Kingdom and France et al, convenience stores are known to be opened 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

The convenience store industry is indeed a very large industry and pretty much thriving in all the parts of the world. Statistics has it that in the United States of America alone, there are about 40,849 legally registered convenience stores responsible for employing about 140,238 employees and the industry rakes in a whooping sum of $28bn annually.

It is important to state that, the top convenience store chains in the U.S. account for just less than 30.0 percent of sales, and no single operator has control over the pricing trend , advertising trend, distribution model or customer loyalty et al in the Industry.

Over the years, convenience stores have experienced tremendous growth in all cities in the United States of America. In response to the ever growing demand for convenience and time saving options, convenience store owners have opened additional stores thereby creating chains of stores across different cities.

They are always ready to expanded into new markets and of course adapt to the changing trend in consumer tastes and increase sales.

Over and above, the convenience store industry is a profitable industry and it is open for any aspiring entrepreneur to come in and establish his or her business; you can chose to start on a small scale in a street corner like the average mom and pop business or you can chose to start on a large scale with several outlets (chains of stores) in key cities.

Executive Summary

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ is a neighborhood convenience store that will be located in a centralized area between a residential neighborhood and a busy business district in downtown Los Angeles, California. We conducted our feasibility studies and market survey and we came to the conclusion that Los Angeles is the right location for us to launch our convenience store.

We are in the convenience store business to make profits at the same to give our customers value for their money and time whenever they patronize us. We want to give people who patronize our convenience store the opportunity to choose from a wide range of both locally and imported quality items from different manufacturing brands at highly affordable prices

We are aware that there are several small convenience stores and chains of convenience stores all around Los Angeles, which is why we spent time and resources to conduct our feasibility studies and market survey so as to enable us locate the business in an area that will support the growth of the business and also for us to be able offer much more than our competitors will be offering.

We ensured that our facility is easy to locate and our outlet is well secured and equipped with the various payment of options available in the U.S. Beyond retailing quality and affordable items in our convenience store, will ensure that our customer care is second to none in the whole of Los Angeles – California.

We know that our customers are the reason why we are in business which is why we will go the extra mile to get them satisfied and get what they are looking for whenever they visit our convenience store and also to become our loyal customers and ambassadors in and around our neighborhood.

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ will ensure that all our customers are given first class treatment whenever they visit our store. We have a CRM software that will enable us manage a one on one relationship with our customers no matter how large the numbers of our customer base may grow to.

We will ensure that we get our customers involved in the selection of brands that will be on our racks and also when making some business decisions that will directly or indirectly affect them.

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ is owned by Mrs. Bella Brown – Jacobson and family. She has successfully managed several retailing business both in Los Angeles and New York prior to opening her own convenience store. She will run the business alongside her immediate family members.

Our Products

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ is going to operate a standard and registered neighborhood convenience store that will retail a wide range of items from both locally manufacturers and international manufacturers just like any other registered and standard convenience store in the United States and in any part of the world.

Aside from retailing items, we will secure license to carry out money transfer and mobile money services. We are in the convenience store business to make profits and give our customers value for their money. These are some of the products that we will retail in our convenience store;

  • Soft drinks
  • Toiletries,
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Tobacco products
  • Food service
  • Packaged beverages
  • Candy and snacks
  • Non – alcoholic beverages
  • Other Related Items and services (Mobile money outlets and money transfer services)

Our Mission and Vision Statement

  • Our vision is to establish a one stop convenience store in Los Angeles – California and in other cities in the United States of America.
  • Our mission is to establish a convenience store business that will make available a wide range of household needs (items) from top brands at affordable prices to the residence of Los Angeles – California and other cities in the United States of America where we intend opening our outlets and selling our franchise.

Our Business Structure

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ do not intend to start a convenience business like the usual mom and pop business around the street corner; our intention of starting a convenience store business is to build a standard convenience store that will be a one – stop shop for household needs which is why we will ensure that we put the right structure in place that will support the kind of growth that we have in mind while setting up the business.

We will ensure that we only hire people who are qualified, honest, customer centric and are ready to work to help us build a prosperous business that will benefit all the stake holders (the owners, workforce, and customers).

As a matter of fact, profit-sharing arrangement will be made available to all our management staff and it will be based on their performance for a period of five years or more especially when we start selling our franchise or running chains of convenience stores.

In view of that, we have decided to hire qualified and competent hands to occupy the following positions;

  • Chief Executive Officer (Owner)
  • Store Manager

Merchandize Manager

Sales and Marketing Manager

Information Technologist

  • Accountants / Cashiers

Job Roles and Responsibilities

Chief Executive Officer – CEO (Owner):

  • Increases management’s effectiveness by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling, and disciplining managers; communicating values, strategies, and objectives; assigning accountabilities; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; developing incentives; developing a climate for offering information and opinions; providing educational opportunities.
  • Creating, communicating, and implementing the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction – i.e. leading the development and implementation of the overall organization’s strategy.
  • Responsible for fixing prices and signing business deals
  • Responsible for providing direction for the business
  • Creates, communicates, and implements the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction – i.e. leading the development and implementation of the overall organization’s strategy.
  • Responsible for signing checks and documents on behalf of the company
  • Evaluates the success of the organization

Store Manager:

  • Responsible for managing the daily activities in the store
  • Ensure that the store facility is in tip top shape and conducive enough to welcome customers
  • Maintains office supplies by checking stocks; placing and expediting orders; evaluating new products.
  • Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; calling for repairs.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Defines job positions for recruitment and managing interviewing process
  • Carries out staff induction for new team members
  • Responsible for training, evaluation and assessment of employees
  • Interfaces with third – party providers (vendors)
  • Control the sales floor inventory
  • Ensures that goods and products are properly arranged
  • Supervises the entire sales staff and workforce
  • Any other duty as assigned by the CEO
  • Manage vendor relations, market visits, and the ongoing education and development of the organizations’ buying teams
  • Help to ensure consistent quality of liquors, wines and beers on our rack
  • Responsible for the purchase of wines, beers and liquors for the organizations
  • Responsible for planning sales, monitoring inventory, selecting the merchandise, and writing and pricing orders to vendors
  • Ensures that the organization operates within stipulated budget.
  • Manage external research and coordinate all the internal sources of information to retain the organizations’ best customers and attract new ones
  • Model demographic information and analyze the volumes of transactional data generated by customer purchases
  • Identify, prioritize, and reach out to new partners, and business opportunities et al
  • Responsible for supervising implementation, advocate for the customer’s needs, and communicate with clients
  • Develops, executes and evaluates new plans for expanding increase sales
  • Documents all customer contact and information
  • Represents the company in strategic meetings
  • Helps to increase sales and growth for the company
  • Manage the organization website
  • Handles ecommerce aspect of the business
  • Responsible for installing and maintenance of computer software and hardware for the organization
  • Manage logistics and supply chain software, Web servers, e-commerce software and POS (point of sale) systems
  • Manages the organization’s CCTV
  • Handles any other technological and IT related duties.

Accountant / Cashier

  • Responsible for preparing financial reports, budgets, and financial statements for the organization
  • Provides managements with financial analyses, development budgets, and accounting reports; analyzes financial feasibility for the most complex proposed projects; conducts market research to forecast trends and business conditions.
  • Responsible for financial forecasting and risks analysis.
  • Performs cash management, general ledger accounting, and financial reporting
  • Responsible for developing and managing financial systems and policies
  • Responsible for administering payrolls
  • Ensuring compliance with taxation legislation
  • Handles all financial transactions for the organization
  • Serves as internal auditor for the organization

Client Service Executive

  • Ensures that all contacts with customer (e-mail, walk-In center, SMS or phone) provides the client with a personalized customer service experience of the highest level
  • Through interaction with customers on the phone, uses every opportunity to build client’s interest in the company’s products and services
  • Manages administrative duties assigned by the store manager in an effective and timely manner
  • Consistently stays abreast of any new information on Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ products, promotional campaigns etc. to ensure accurate and helpful information is supplied to our customers when they make enquiries
  • Responsible for cleaning the store facility at all times
  • Ensure that toiletries and supplies don’t run out of stock
  • Cleans both the interior and exterior of the store facility
  • Any other duty as assigned by the restaurant manager.

SWOT Analysis

Our intention of starting just one outlet of our convenience store in Los Angeles – California is to test run the business for a period of 2 to 4 years to know if we will invest more money, expand the business and then open other chains of convenience stores all over California and perhaps also sell franchise through the United States of America and Canada.

We are quite aware that there are several convenience stores all over Los Angeles and even in the same location where we intend locating ours, which is why we are following the due process of establishing a business.

We know that if a proper SWOT analysis is conducted for our business, we will be able to position our business to maximize our strength, leverage on the opportunities that will be available to us, mitigate our risks and be welled equipped to confront our threats.

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ employed the services of an expert HR and Business Analyst with bias in retailing to help us conduct a thorough SWOT analysis and to help us create a Business model that will help us achieve our business goals and objectives. This is the summary of the SWOT analysis that was conducted for Bee & Jay Convenience Store™;

Our location, the business model we will be operating on (one stop physical store and online store), varieties of payment options, wide range of household needs from local and international manufacturing brand and our excellent customer service culture will definitely count as a strong strength for Bee & Jay Convenience Store™.

A major weakness that may count against us is the fact that we are a new convenience store in Los Angeles and we don’t have the financial capacity to engage in the kind of publicity that we intend giving the business.

  • Opportunities:

The fact that we are going to be operating our convenience store in one of the busiest district in Los Angeles – California provides us with unlimited opportunities to sell our items to a large number of people.

We have been able to conduct thorough feasibility studies and market survey and we know what our potential customers / residence within the location where our convenience store will be located will be looking for when they visit our convenience store. We are well positioned to take on the opportunities that will come our way.

We are quite aware that just like any other business, one of the major threats that we are likely going to face is economic downturn. It is a fact that economic downturn affects purchasing power. Another threat that may likely confront us is the arrival of a new convenience store in same location where ours is located or even the arrival of a petrol / gas station and shopping malls et al.

MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Market Trends

Unlike in the days of old when it was trendy to find convenience stores attached to a petrol / gas station, in recent time a convenience store does not necessarily need to be part of a gas (petrol) station chain of business.

As a matter of fact, it is common to find convenience stores located alongside a busy road, in a busy community, in an urban area, or near a railway or railroad station or other transport hub. In some countries like the united states, United Kingdom and France et al, convenience stores are known to be opened 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

If you keep tabs on the convenience store business and retailing business generally, you would generally have noticed that It is now a common phenomenon for retail outlets to leverage on technology to effectively predict consumer demand patterns and to strategically position their store to meet their needs; in essence, the use of technology help retailers to maximize supply chain efficiencies.

No doubt data collected from customers goes a long way to help retail stores serve them better. Another common trend in the retailing industry is the pricing system.

Aside from having varieties and quality of the items in a convenience store, one of the easiest ways for players in this line of business to sell the items on their racks as fast as they can and keep re – stocking is to ensure that the prices of their items are a bit lower than what is obtainable in elsewhere. For example, it is common to see items with prices in this format; $3.99, $99 and $199 et al as against $4.00, $100 and $200.

Our Target Market

When it comes to selling items that are found in convenience stores, there is indeed a wide range of available customers. In essence, our target market can’t be restricted to just a group of people, but all those who resides in the locations where we intend opening our convenience store.

One thing is certain, we will ensure that we only retail quality and affordable items (household needs) in our convenience store. In view of that, we have positioned our convenience store to service the residence of Los Angeles – California and every other location where our convenience stores will be located all over the United States of America and Canada.

We have conducted our market research and we have ideas of what our target market would be expecting from us. We are in business to items (retail household needs) to the following groups of people;

  • Bachelors and Spinsters
  • Corporate Executives
  • Business People
  • About to wed couples
  • Expectant Mothers
  • Sports Men and Women

Our competitive advantage

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ is launching a standard and registered convenience store that will indeed become the preferred choice of residence of Los Angeles – California and in every other locations where our chains of convenience stores will be opened.

Our convenience store is located in a corner piece property on a busy road directly opposite one of the largest residential estates in Los Angeles and few meters away from a busy business district. We have enough parking space that can accommodate well over 25 cars per time.

One thing is certain, we will ensure that we have a wide range of quality and affordable items (household needs) available in our store at all times. It will be difficult for customers to visit our store and not see the items that they are looking for.

One of our business goals is to make Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ a one stop alcohol shop. Our excellent highly experienced and qualified management, customer service culture, online store, various payment options and highly secured facility with enough packing space will also serve as a competitive advantage for us.

SALES AND MARKETING STRATEGY

  • Sources of Income

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ is established with the aim of maximizing profits in the convenience store and retailing industry and we are going to go all the way to ensure that we do all it takes to sell a wide range of products to a wide range of customers.

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ will generate income by retailing the following items (household needs);

  • Other Related Items and services (mobile money shop and money transfer services et al)

Sales Forecast

It is important to state that our sales forecast is based on the data gathered during our feasibility study, market survey and also some of the assumptions readily available on the field. One thing is common with convenience store business, the larger a convenience store (including varieties of quality items at affordable prices), the larger the numbers of customers that will patronize them.

Although we may not be as large as the biggest convenience stores or retailers in the United States, but we will ensure that within our capacity we make available a wide range of items (household needs) et al from different brands both local and foreign manufacturers in our store.

Below are the sales projections that we were able to come up with for the first three years of operations;

  • First Year-: $75,000
  • Second Year-: $250,000
  • Third Year-: $700,000

N.B : This projection is done based on what is obtainable in the industry and with the assumption that there won’t be any major economic meltdown and the arrival of a competitor in same location as ours within the period stated above. Please note that the above projection might be lower and at the same time it might be higher.

  • Marketing Strategy and Sales Strategy

Before choosing a location for Bee & Jay Convenience Store™, we conduct a thorough market survey and feasibility studies in order for us to be able to be able to penetrate the available market and become the preferred choice for residence of Los Angeles – California and in every other cities where our chains of convenience stores will be opened.

We have detailed information and data that we were able to utilize to structure our business to attract the numbers of customers we want to attract per time.

We hired experts who have good understanding of the convenience store / retailing industry to help us develop marketing strategies that will help us achieve our business goal of winning a larger percentage of the available market in Los Angeles – California.

In other to continue to be in business and grow, we must continue to sell the products that are available in our store which is why we will go all out to empower or sales and marketing team to deliver. In summary, Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ will adopt the following sales and marketing approach to win customers over;

  • Introduce our convenience store by sending introductory letters to residence, business owners and organizations in and around Los Angeles – California
  • Open our convenience store with an open house party for people in the community
  • Advertise our business in community based newspapers, local TV and radio stations
  • List our business on yellow pages ads (local directories)
  • Leverage on the internet to promote our business
  • Engage in direct marketing
  • Encourage word of mouth marketing (referrals) from satisfied and loyal customers

Publicity and Advertising Strategy

Despite the fact that our convenience store is well located, we will still go ahead to intensify publicity for the business. We are going to explore all available means to promote our convenience store.

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ has a long term plan of opening chains of convenience stores in various locations all around the United States of America and Canada which is why we will deliberately build our brand to be well accepted in Los Angeles – California before venturing out.

As a matter of fact, our publicity and advertising strategy is not solely for winning customers over but to effectively communicate our brand to the public. Here are the platforms we intend leveraging on to promote and advertise Bee & Jay Convenience Store™;

  • Place adverts on both print (community based newspapers and magazines) and electronic media platforms
  • Sponsor relevant community programs
  • Leverage on the internet and social media platforms like; Instagram, Facebook , twitter, et al to promote our brand
  • Install our Bill Boards on strategic locations all around Los Angeles – California
  • Engage in road show from time to time in and around the location of convenience store
  • Distribute our fliers and handbills in target areas in the community where our convenience store is located
  • Position our Flexi Banners at strategic positions in the location where our convenience store is located.

Our Pricing Strategy

Pricing is one of the key factors that gives leverage to convenience stores and retailing business generally, it is normal for consumers to go to places (convenience stores) where they can get items / household goods at cheaper price which is why big player in the convenience store / retail industry like attract loads of consumers.

We know we don’t have the capacity to compete with other bigger retailers and malls, but we will ensure that the prices of all the items that are available in our liquor store are competitive with what is obtainable amongst liquor retail stores within our level and in our location.

  • Payment Options

At Bee & Jay Convenience Store™, our payment policy is all inclusive because we are quite aware that different people prefer different payment options as it suits them. Here are the payment options that will be available in every of our outlets;

  • Payment by cash
  • Payment via Point of Sale (POS) Machine
  • Payment via online bank transfer (online payment portal)
  • Payment via Mobile money

In view of the above, we have chosen banking platforms that will help us achieve our payment plans without any itches.

Startup Expenditure (Budget)

When it comes to starting a convenience store business the major areas that you look towards spending the bulk of your cash is in of course renting or leasing a standard store facility. Aside from that, you are not expected to spend much except for paying of your employees and the stocking of your store.

This is the key areas where we will spend our start – up capital;

  • The Total Fee for Registering the Business in California – $750.
  • Legal expenses for obtaining licenses and permits as well as the accounting services (software, P.O.S machines and other software) – $1,300.
  • Marketing promotion expenses for the grand opening of Pappy J & Sons Liquor Store in the amount of $3,500 and as well as flyer printing (2,000 flyers at $0.04 per copy) for the total amount of – $3,580.
  • Cost for hiring Consultant – $2,500.
  • Insurance (general liability, workers’ compensation and property casualty) coverage at a total premium – $2,400.
  • Cost for payment of rent for 12 month at $1.76 per square feet in the total amount of $105,600.
  • Cost for Shop remodeling (construction of racks and shelves) – $20,000.
  • Other start-up expenses including stationery ($500) and phone and utility deposits –   ($2,500).
  • Operational cost for the first 3 months (salaries of employees, payments of bills et al) – $60,000
  • The cost for Start-up inventory (stocking with a wide range of both locally and imported quality items from different manufacturing brands) – $70,000
  • Storage hardware (bins, rack, shelves, food case) – $3,720
  • The cost for counter area equipment (counter top, sink, ice machine, etc.) – $9,500
  • Cost for store equipment (cash register, security, ventilation, signage) – $13,750
  • Cost of purchase and installation of CCTVs – $5,000
  • The cost for the purchase of furniture and gadgets (Computers, Printers, Telephone, TVs, Sound System, tables and chairs et al) – $4,000.
  • The cost of Launching a Website – $600
  • The cost for our opening party – $7,000
  • Miscellaneous – $10,000

We would need an estimate of $250,000 to successfully set up our convenience store in Los Angeles – California. Please note that this amount includes the salaries of all the staff for the first month of operation.

Generating Funding / Startup Capital for Bee & Jay Convenience Store™

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™, is a family business that is solely owned and financed by Mrs. Bella Brown – Jacobson and family. They do not intend to welcome any external business partner which is why he has decided to restrict the sourcing of the start – up capital to 3 major sources.

These are the areas we intend generating our start – up capital;

  • Generate part of the start – up capital from personal savings
  • Source for soft loans from family members and friends
  • Apply for loan from my Bank

N.B: We have been able to generate about $100,000 (Personal savings $75,000 and soft loan from family members $25,000) and we are at the final stages of obtaining a loan facility of $150,000 from our bank. All the papers and document have been signed and submitted, the loan has been approved and any moment from now our account will be credited with the amount.

Sustainability and Expansion Strategy

The future of a business lies in the numbers of loyal customers that they have the capacity and competence of the employees, their investment strategy and the business structure. If any of these factors is missing from a business (company), then it won’t be too long before the business close shop.

Bee & Jay Convenience Store™ will ensure that all the factors listed above are reinforced on a regular basis and also we will engage in continuous capacity building of our workforce. As a matter of fact, profit-sharing arrangement will be made available to all our management staff and it will be based on their performance for a period of three years or more.

We will make sure that the right foundation, structures and processes are put in place to ensure that staff welfare is well taken of. Our company’s corporate culture is designed to drive our business to greater heights and training and re – training of our workforce is at the top burner. We have the plans of

Check List / Milestone

  • Business Name Availability Check:>Completed
  • Business Registration: Completed
  • Opening of Corporate Bank Accounts: Completed
  • Securing Point of Sales (POS) Machines: Completed
  • Opening Mobile Money Accounts: Completed
  • Opening Online Payment Platforms: Completed
  • Application and Obtaining Tax Payer’s ID: In Progress
  • Application for business license and permit: Completed
  • Purchase of Insurance for the Business: Completed
  • Leasing of facility and remodeling the shop: In Progress
  • Conducting Feasibility Studies: Completed
  • Generating capital from family members: Completed
  • Applications for Loan from the bank: In Progress
  • Writing of Business Plan: Completed
  • Drafting of Employee’s Handbook: Completed
  • Drafting of Contract Documents and other relevant Legal Documents: In Progress
  • Design of The Company’s Logo: Completed
  • Graphic Designs and Printing of Packaging Marketing / Promotional Materials: In Progress
  • Recruitment of employees: In Progress
  • Purchase of the Needed furniture, racks, shelves, computers, electronic appliances, office appliances and CCTV: In progress
  • Creating Official Website for the Company: In Progress
  • Creating Awareness for the business both online and around the community: In Progress
  • Health and Safety and Fire Safety Arrangement (License): Secured
  • Opening party / launching party planning: In Progress
  • Compilation of our list of products that will be available in our convenience store: Completed
  • Establishing business relationship with vendors – wholesale suppliers of various brands of products that we intend retailing: In Progress

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Planning to start your own convenience store business? You need a business plan first. Gone are the days when you can just start a business at any time you want as long as you have cash. The market has become too saturated that businesses come and go at a very fast rate. Investors are now very reluctant to pour their hard-earned investments in short-term deals as they are fearful they might not get enough earnings.

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That is the reason why business plans are important when you start a business. It provides investors as well as other stakeholders necessary information about the company and its numerous activities. To help you create your own convenience store business plan, here are some examples (in PDF) you can use as reference. They are easy to download and they are all free as well.

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How to Create a Business Plan

Listed below are some tips in creating a business plan. Take note that the tips provided below are not meant for a convenience store business plan only but for other types of business plan as well.

Even if you plan on starting a single proprietorship, you still need a couple of hands to help you out in establishing your business. That is why getting a team is important so that they don’t only help you create a business plan but also assist you in handling daily business operations.

You may or may not consider them as future business partners, so you need to clarify with them specific roles they will be handling. But if you already have a team in place, then there should be little to no problems in creating the business plan. Your team can either be composed of a combination of friends, relatives, business colleagues, or even individuals of whom you don’t have any previous relationships with but want to start a business with you.

Do research

Research has shown that the main reason why businesses fail is due to the lack of research. Take note that research is not only conducted at the beginning but a continuous process for the business to achieve long-term sustainability. Nevertheless, research is still important when the business is still being established, specifically in the creation of a business plan.

There are numerous research methods you can use especially when you will be using respondents as the main data for your business plan. Interviews (phone, email, personal), questionnaires, observations, and focus groups are among the data gathering methods you can use to gather data from respondents.

But if your research does not need respondents and is strictly focused on theories, then all you basically need are research materials. Research materials pertain to books, journals, publications, and online sources. Never assume anything in your business plan, as every information you provide should be backed up by facts and established data. Creating assumptions will only cause negative results for your eventual business and you will greatly suffer from heavy financial losses.

Focus on marketing and finance

A business plan has two main sections: marketing and finance. Marketing focuses on the creation of the product and how the product will be sold in the market while finance focuses on the earning capabilities of the business. That is the reason why marketing and finance have their own separate sections in the business plan.

Marketing is probably the most important aspect of any business as it involves the creation and distribution of the product. Marketing does not only involve advertising and promotion, but the latter is still important in making sure people are aware of that kind of product or service being sold in the market. Marketing is also involved with the creation of the product, not starting with the raw materials that are needed to be purchased, but starting with a plan on how that specific product will benefit a certain market segment.

In terms of finance, this relates to how the product can result to revenues and profits. There are numerous financial analysis methods that companies use to create revenue and profit forecasts. Using these methods may not be 100% accurate, but they provide a necessary blueprint for all forms of financial data the company will eventually be undergoing.

Most companies create a five-year financial analysis which covers all the costs the company will be incurring as well as the revenue and profit streams. The reason for this is to mainly provide data for investors as their decision to invest or not will depend on the stated financial analysis. Of course, they don’t only want to retrieve the initial amount they invested but also the interest that comes with it.

Consult with industry experts

Research is not the only method in creating an effective business plan. Consulting with industry experts is another way to make sure you incorporate the right data and information in the business plan. Industry experts are individuals who have achieved success in their respective industry or fields (i.e., entrepreneurship, technology, sales and marketing, finance, etc.).

Take note that industry experts may or may not provide you with confidential information, as they may be using the said information for their own purposes. But whatever information they provide, it will be highly useful when you will be establishing your own business.

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What Products to Sell in a Convenience Store

A convenience store is basically a mini-supermarket. But you can’t pick up each and every item and sell them in your convenience store, in this case you might as well open your own supermarket. To help you narrow down the items you can sell in the convenience store, here are some products you should definitely sell.

Soft drinks, fruit juices, water

The liquids are grouped together by soft drinks, fruit juices, and water. These are the most important items to sell in a convenience store and this should be on the top of your priority list when buying supplies (although you may want to stock up more on water compared to soft drinks and fruit juices).

According to research, water and soft drinks are the most profitable items in a convenience store. These items can easily rake in large profits for your business, so make sure to get a deal with wholesalers so that you can get at least a week worth of supplies.

Healthy snacks

Convenience stores are not known to sell healthy snacks, but major convenience store chains such as 7-Eleven, Lawson, and Mini Stop started to change that trend. They have incorporated sandwiches and low-calorie meals and have proven to be a big hit among customers. You should implement this in your own convenience store as well.

The only problem when it comes to selling healthy snacks is the storage. These kinds of food are usually perishable, so you need a proper storage system so that these foods will still be editable even if it’s stored for more than a few hours. You can make your own snacks or find individual sellers and arrange a deal so that you can sell their food for a higher price. Take note when you will be making and selling your own snacks, you have to take account of the overhead costs when making these food items.

A convenience store is never complete without junk foods. Even if healthy foods are being sold, people will still go for the ever so popular chips, chocolates, and other processed food. You can also consider soft drinks as junk food.

Similar to soft drinks and water, junk foods are one of the most salable items in a convenience store. They are sold by the hundreds every day and people just keep on buying them. You can go for local junk foods or purchase imported ones. 

Bath essentials

Convenience stores do not only center around food and drinks. Most convenience stores also sell bath (and laundry essentials). These products include soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, feminine wash, and laundry detergent, to name a few.

Bath essentials have also been a staple in convenience stores because they provide convenience to customers who are looking at other alternatives aside from the supermarket. Additionally, individuals most likely forgot to purchase these items at the supermarket so they turn to convenience stores instead. So, it is the responsibility of the convenience store to provide these items to customers.

School supplies

Aside from bath essentials, school supplies are also the non-food products that are sold in a convenience store. School supplies are targeted mostly at students and individuals who are working for an academic institution. Similar to bath essentials, school supplies are sold to individuals who are looking at another venue to purchase these items. The reasons might involve the person forgetting to purchase the product in a store or the person just wanting to purchase the product in a location that is more convenient to him or her.

Until only recently, convenience stores have also started selling medicine (prescription and non-prescription). Business owners have created an idea to merge a pharmacy and a convenience store into one business. And the result is a pharmacy-convenience store industry which has promisingly become very profitable.

Setting up a pharmacy together with a convenience store is much more difficult since there are numerous licenses and requirements that need to be accomplished first before the business can open. Additionally, employees also need to be registered pharmacists as this is a requirement by most countries in regards to people working in a pharmacy.

Medicines are not a requirement to be sold in a convenience store. Even non-prescription medicines are still very salable and they are not as expensive as the prescription ones.

Most Popular Convenience Stores Around the World

US-based 7-Eleven is the largest convenience store in the world. The store currently has over 8,600 stores in North America and around 43,500 stores throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

FamilyMart is one of the most popular convenience stores in Asia. It was founded in Japan and operations quickly expanded to China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and recently in the US.

This Indonesia-based convenience store has over 3,000 stores across Jakarta, Bali, Sumatra, and Sulawesi.

Tesco Express

Tesco Express is the biggest convenience store in the United Kingdom. Tesco currently operates 6,500 stores around the world.

Ministop is another Japan-based convenience store which has proven to be very successful outside its home soil. It currently has stores in the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

CBA is the Eastern Europe equivalent of 7-Eleven. Founded 1992 in Hungary, CBA currently boasts 5,000 stores across Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, and Poland.

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Convenience Store Business Plan

If you want to start a convenience store or expand your current business, you need a business plan.

The following sample business plan and template gives you the key elements to include in a winning business plan. It can be used to create a convenience store start up business plan or a plan to grow your existing business.

You can download our Business Plan Template (including a full, customizable financial model) to your computer here.

Below are links to each of the key sections of a successful convenience store business plan. Once you create your plan, download it to PDF to show banks and investors.

I. Executive Summary II. Company Overview III. Industry Analysis IV. Customer Analysis V. Competitive Analysis VI. Marketing Plan VII. Operations Plan VIII. Management Team IX. Financial Plan

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A convenience store is in another word a small retail business where everyday items like snacks, soft drinks, toiletries food items amongst other are being sold.

Starting a convenience store requires at first locating the best market that would pay you I am presenting to you a sample business plan for opening a convenience store.

BUSINESS NAME: Skywalk convenience store

Here is a sample business plan for starting a convenience cafe business at your gas station.

Executive Summary

Our Product and Services

Vision Statement

Mission Statement

Business Structure

  • Market Analysis

Sales and Marketing Strategy

  • Financial Plan

Sales Forecast

Skywalk convenience store is a fully registered retail business which will be carrying out its business operation in Las Vegas, United State of America. The business will mainly be concerned with providing basic daily needs of each individual in our store. Skywalk convenience store will be owned by Janie Schmidt and she will be both the CEO and Manager of the store which will be based in Las Vegas.

For a start our major target would be providing our services to people in Las Vegas alone and with passing time through the whole of United State. She has contributed a total of $600,000 form her personal savings and sales of some of her properties, she will be securing a loan worth $400,000 from her bank to complete the startup capital of $1,000,000.

Skywalk convenience store is a retail business based in Las Vegas, United State. Our services will be mainly interested in providing its services for consumers only in Las Vegas. Having done a lot of research we are ready to offer something new in this environment, the following are the product and services that will be rendered by Skywalk convenience store:

  • A 24-hour retail store, where you can walk in and get your product.
  • Discounted home delivery for consumers.
  • Online shopping would also be made available.
  • Sales of all essential daily needs.

Our vision in the retail business is to become the prince in satisfying the needs of each family daily, and doing this at no extra cost. We want Skywalk to be the biggest and simple convenience store ever.

Our mission in the retail business is to become a reputable convenience store that provides the best services for our consumers daily. We want a profitable business that will benefit both us and our consumer, that is while we make our gain, they enjoy the service.

The structure of Skywalk convenience store will not be extremely large, but it will reasonably fulfil the sole aim of starting the business. Our structure will go a long way in defining the success of our business, therefore so much attention would be given to this.

Below are the posts that will be occupied:

  • Manager (CEO and owner)
  • Accountant (2)
  • Sales person (2 boys, 2 girl)
  • Delivery Man (2)
  • Security guard (2 shifting based)
  • Customer service personnel

Market Analysis Market Trend

Two notable things that define your success in the retail business is (1) Price (2) Customer Relation. If this two are done rightly you get to have a steady and reasonable sale. This is the popular trend in this sort of business.

Target Market

Actually almost all, in fact saying “LL” is in its entirety a fact will be needing our services, but below are some of our identified target:

  • School Children
  • Smaller retail business owners
  • Hotel and Bars and Motels
  • Street Workers

Like earlier stated, one of the key success to our business will be based on customer relation. So our business will primarily be promoted by our good customer relationship scheme. We will also be making other plans so as to inform all resident of Las Vegas of our business, below are some of them:

  • Distribution of business card far and wide
  • News media based adverts using the following medium Television, Radio, Newspaper and Magazines
  • We would also make reasonable use of the social media to target residents of Las Vegas.
  • We would be making Sign post, Bill boards and fliers to also inform people about our business.

Financial Plan Source of Startup Capital

To become successful in the business, enough resources would be needed. So far we have been able to gather a total of $600,000 from the owner, Janie Schmidt. We will need to obtain a loan of US400, 000 from the owner’s bank to complete the startup capital.

Below are the sales forecast for the first three years of operation. This is an estimated figure based on quality and valid statistical figure received from the industry.

First Fiscal Year              $800,000 Second Fiscal Year $1,500,000 Third Fiscal Year $2,200,000

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Allensburg's Food and Gas

Executive summary executive summary is a brief introduction to your business plan. it describes your business, the problem that it solves, your target market, and financial highlights.">.

Allensburg is a small town with a population 3,400. Located on rural Highway 310, the town is 30 miles south of the city of Kent and 34 miles north of the city of Willard. Highway 310 connects Kent and Willard that both have universities and a cumulative population of 200,000 residents. The highway is the main road through town and is used daily by thousands of commuters between the two cities. These commuters sustain a number of road side businesses on Highway 310 that sell flowers, produce and bakery products.

In order to get gas in the Allensburg area, commuters currently have to leave the highway and drive three miles into the edge of town. Robert Cole, the owner of Allensburg’s Food and Gas has the opportunity to rent a plot of land just off the Allensburg exit of Highway 310.

Allensburg’s Food and Gas will offer these commuters gas, organic produce, and a deli. On the way to work, a commuter could stop for gas and pick up a sandwich. On the way home, the same commuter could stop again to pick up something for dinner.

The aim of this plan is to be a guide for this start-up business. Researching and defining our markets, strategies, mission and financials will provide insight and prepare the owner to successfully run Allensburg’s Food and Gas.

1.1 Objectives

  • To capture an increasing share of the commuter traffic passing through Allensburg.
  • To offer our customers superior products, at an affordable price.
  • To provide customer service that is second to none.

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1.2 Mission

The mission of Allensburg’s Food and Gas is to offer commuters on Highway 310 competitive gas prices and great food. The company will make a healthy profit for its owners and provide a rewarding work environment for its employees.

1.3 Keys to Success

  • Good quality products at competitive prices.
  • Excellent customer service that will promote customer loyalty.
  • A location that will assure that commuters will stop.

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Company summary company overview ) is an overview of the most important points about your company—your history, management team, location, mission statement and legal structure.">.

Allensburg’s Food and Gas is a new convenience store and gas station in Allensburg. Robert Cole, owner of Allensburg’s Food and Gas, has seven years of experience in managing gas stations. Robert will focus on the commuters that pass through the town daily. Allensburg’s Food and Gas will offer its customers the best gas prices and quality food products.

2.1 Company Ownership

Allensburg’s Food and Gas is wholly owned by Robert Cole.

2.2 Start-up Summary

Robert Cole will invest $60,000 in Allensburg’s Food and Gas. Robert aims to secure an SBA of $150,000 to finance the remainder of the start up costs.

The following chart and table show projected initial start-up costs for Allensburg’s Food and Gas.

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Allensburg’s Food and Gas sells the following products:

  • Gasoline and diesel fuel;
  • Oil, de-icer, car accessories, etc.;
  • Deli items;
  • Bakery goods;
  • Organic produce.

Market Analysis Summary how to do a market analysis for your business plan.">

Located on rural Highway 310, Allensburg is 30 miles south of the city of Kent and 34 miles north of the city of Willard. Highway 310 connects Kent and Willard that both have universities and a cumulative population of 200,000 residents. The highway is the main road through town and is used daily by thousands of commuters between the two cities. The closest gas station in either direction is over 20 miles away.

These commuters currently have no convenient shop in which to buy food to or from work once they are on Highway 310; more importantly, eighty percent of Highway 310 commuters fits the demographic profile of customers of upscale organic/natural food stores:

  • Age: 25 – 45 years of age;
  • Gender: 60% women;
  • Average income: $40,000+;
  • Education: college graduate;
  • Employment: professionals in business and education.

4.1 Market Segmentation

The target customers of Allensburg’s Food and Gas are the commuters that use Highway 310.

Strategy and Implementation Summary

Allensburg’s Food and Gas will focus on becoming a routine stop for the commuter traffic on Highway 310, not just for those people who need gas, but for those who are looking for a healthy, tasty snack on their drive, or need to pick up some small grocery item on their way home. Allensburg’s Food and Gas will aim to be more than a gas station to its customers, it will be a friendly place to stop for tired commuters.

5.1 Competitive Edge

The competitive edge for Allensburg’s Food and Gas is the following:

  • Location: Allensburg’s Food and Gas is located on Highway 310. The closest competitor is three miles into the town of Allensburg.
  • Quality Deli and Organic Produce : While buying gas, commuters will now be able to pick up lunch, or buy something to take home. The commuter will soon regard Allensburg’s Food and Gas as an invaluable time saver in their day.

5.2 Sales Strategy

Allensburg’s Food and Gas will keep its gas prices competitive with other stations in a fifty mile radius of the station in order to attract commuters. Customers that purchase more than $10 worth of gas will be given 15% coupon on purchases in the store during the first month of operation, to encourage purchases and to introduce them to the concept of buying quality organic foods at the gas station.

5.2.1 Sales Forecast

In order to maintain competitive gas prices, the cost of gas to the consumer will never exceed 15% of wholesale cost. Allensburg’s Food and Gas will focus on increasing food sales in order to meet total sales forecast goals.

The following is the sales forecast for three years.

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Management Summary management summary will include information about who's on your team and why they're the right people for the job, as well as your future hiring plans.">

Robert Cole, owner of Allensburg’s Food and Gas, has seven years of experience in managing gas stations/convenience stores. Robert has a reputation as an excellent staff supervisor. From 1993 to 1996, Robert was the manager of Higgins Texaco, one of the largest gas station/convenience stores in Willard. At Higgins, Robert supervised a staff of seven. In 1997, Robert became manager of the Barger Chevron, located at the southern tip of Kent, near Highway 310.

6.1 Personnel Plan

The Allensburg Food and Gas will have a staff of five:

  • Store/deli staff (2)
  • Gas attendants (2)

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The following is the financial plan for Allensburg’s Food and Gas.

7.1 Break-even Analysis

The monthly break-even point is approximately $49,500.

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7.2 Projected Profit and Loss

The following table and charts highlight the projected profit and loss for three years.

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7.3 Projected Cash Flow

The following table and chart highlight the projected cash flow for three years.

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7.4 Projected Balance Sheet

The following table and chart highlight the projected balance sheet for three years.

7.5 Business Ratios

Business ratios for the years of this plan are shown below. Industry profile ratios based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code 5541, Gasoline Service Station, are shown for comparison.

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  • Your Project
  • MoSCoW Method

What is the MoSCoW Method?

The MoSCoW Method is a prioritization tool that helps professionals in managing their time and effort .

To do so, it proposes to classify the importance of the different characteristics of a product (or a Project) according to their importance .

Its name is an acronym of the 4 Prioritization Categories proposed (adding two “o”):

  • M ust Have .
  • S hould Have .
  • C ould Have .
  • W on’t Have .

Four Prioritization Categories

Must Have : Essential Requirements that the product or project must have.

  • Critical Features without replacement.

Should Have : Important desired Requirements for the product or project.

  • They can be substituted if necessary.

Could Have : Improvements to the product or project.

  • There are different alternatives.

Won’t have : Characteristics agreed not to be adopted .

  • No one will waste time implementing them.

Let’s see the first example:

MoSCoW Method example

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Imagine that you have been hired to create a Website for a Law firm.

They want a professional Site where people can Register and, once inside, track their court cases .

Since you want to deliver the best possible Site on time, you decide to follow the MoSCoW method .

How does it look like?

Must Have :

  • Solid programming without any bugs.
  • A Solid Register System.
  • A Safe and Reliable personal directory.

Should Have :

  • A Fast Site.
  • An outstanding Design.
  • Notifications sent by e-mail.

Could Have :

  • Custom menus.
  • Suggestions.
  • A Blog section with latest news.

Won’t Have :

  • Paid content.
  • A Public Members section.

As we usually say, this Method may seem obvious.

Then… Why is it important?

Why is the MoSCoW Method important?

Many of professionals end up wasting time , effort and resources on useless task s that are ultimately not essential at all.

Surely you have experienced this situation working in a Team:

  • Everyone spends hours modifying a minor feature and, ultimately, the important thing is missing .

That is why this Method is so important:

  • Because it concentrates your efforts and forces you to think about what is really important .

As you can imagine, this Tool can be employed in practically all kinds of situations.

But when do we especially recommend it?

When should you use the MoSCoW Method?

We highly recommend to use the MoSCoW Method:

  • To put order and prioritization.
  • To avoid wasting time with non-essential touch-ups.
  • In order to meet the Essential Requirements.
  • When the product can have very different characteristics.

Now, let’s see more examples:

MoSCoW Method examples

We have chosen different real examples where the MoSCoW Method can be of great help for the development of certain products.

Let’s begin:

A Wallet - MoSCoW Method example

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Let’s imagine that you are developing a wallet .

As you know, wallets are very modular products.

They can have:

  • Several or few departments for cards.
  • Coin purse… or not.
  • 1 or 2 bill slots.

There is not a canonical wallet (one that is the benchmark for all the others).

  • That is why you decided to use the MoSCoW Method to develop it.

After some thoughts, you decide that your wallet:

  • 2 bill slots.
  • 8 compartments for credit cards.
  • High resistance materials and sewing.
  • Leather as its main material.
  • A translucid Credit card compartment.
  • A transverse horizontal compartment.
  • A striking color on the inside of the bill slots.
  • Completely black exterior color.
  • One translucid compartment for small photos.
  • A Coin purse.
  • A Passport compartment.

Making a Cake - MoSCoW Method example

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In this example, we’ll imagine that you are preparing a wedding Cake .

  • You have a very rigid deadline (the wedding day, of course).

In addition, as you also know, Cakes can have lots of variations.

  • We could say they are very modular .

That is why you decide to use the MoSCoW Method.

How does it look?

Well, your Cake:

  • White coating.
  • Two sugar figurines on top.
  • 6 layers of sponge cake inside.
  • Belgian chocolate between the layers.
  • Decorations on the edges
  • Sugar flowers.
  • Chocolate balls.
  • Scattered sugar pearls.
  • Multicolor layers.
  • An excessive amount of decoration.
  • Fruit flavor.

Designing a Poster - MoSCoW Method example

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You are now an artist hired to Design a poster for a Rock concert.

Obviously, this is a Design job with infinite variations possible.

  • Also, you have a close deadline to finish it.

No need to mention that you will use the MoSCoW Method.

Finally, the Poster:

  • The name of the Main rock band, very prominent.
  • Images and colors that best suit their style.
  • A typeface that best suits the musical style.
  • An illustration related to Rock in the middle.
  • The name of the rest of the bands that will play.
  • Where and when it will take place.
  • Where you can buy the tickets.
  • Nearby metro and bus stations.
  • The name of the city.
  • The maximum capacity of the stadium
  • At what time each band will play.

Summarizing

The MoSCoW Method is a prioritization tool that helps professionals in managing their time and effort.

It proposes to classify the importance of the different characteristics of a product in 4 Categories :

  • M ust Have.
  • S hould Have.
  • C ould Have.
  • W on’t Have.

Although this Method can be used in all kinds of situations, we highly recommend to use it:

  • When working in a team .
  • In Design tasks .
  • When there is a close deadline .
  • With modular products or projects .
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The sale and supply of single-use vapes are to be banned from 1 April 2025 in Scotland, under proposed legislation.

The Scottish government has put forward draft legislation, which is open for consultation until 8 March, that would see single-use vapes banned.

Announcing the new legislation, Circular Economy Minister, Lorna Slater said: “Legislating to ban the sale and supply of single-use vapes fulfils a Programme for Government commitment to reduce vaping among non-smokers and young people and take action to tackle their environmental impact.

“The public consultation demonstrated that there is strong support for tougher action on vaping. From causing fires in waste facilities to more than 26 million disposable vapes being consumed and thrown away in Scotland in the past year, single-use vapes are a threat to our environment as well as to our public health.

“These proposed changes to the law demonstrate our absolute commitment to further improve the wellbeing of communities and protecting our beautiful natural environment.”

Submissions to the consultation can be made here.

This comes following an announcement by the government that it plans to ban single-use vapes across the UK, with similar legislation to that put forward in Scotland expected to be announced in the coming days.

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Sample Clothing Store Business Plan

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Writing a business plan is a crucial step in starting a clothing store. Not only does it provide structure and guidance for the future, but it also helps to create funding opportunities and attract potential investors. For aspiring clothing store business owners, having access to a sample clothing store business plan can be especially helpful in providing direction and gaining insight into how to draft their own clothing store business plan.

Download our Ultimate Clothing Store Business Plan Template

Having a thorough business plan in place is critical for any successful clothing store venture. It will serve as the foundation for your operations, setting out the goals and objectives that will help guide your decisions and actions. A well-written business plan can give you clarity on realistic financial projections and help you secure financing from lenders or investors. A clothing store business plan example can be a great resource to draw upon when creating your own plan, making sure that all the key components are included in your document.

The clothing store business plan sample below will give you an idea of what one should look like. It is not as comprehensive and successful in raising capital for your clothing store as Growthink’s Ultimate Clothing Store Business Plan Template , but it can help you write a clothing store business plan of your own.

Example – StyleSaga Boutique

Table of contents, executive summary, company overview, industry analysis, customer analysis, competitive analysis, marketing plan, operations plan, management team, financial plan.

StyleSaga Boutique, situated in the vibrant heart of Columbus, OH, is a fashion-forward retail initiative designed to meet the diverse sartorial needs of our local community. Our boutique prides itself on offering a wide range of unique and fashionable clothing options that cater to individuals looking for pieces that reflect their personal style. We are committed to sustainability, ensuring that a significant portion of our inventory is eco-friendly and ethically sourced. Our goal is to provide a one-stop-shop for fashion enthusiasts, environmentally conscious shoppers, and young professionals seeking trendy yet professional attire.

Our boutique’s success can be attributed to several key factors and accomplishments. First and foremost, our dedication to offering a curated selection of unique, fashionable, and sustainable clothing has set us apart in the local market. We’ve built strong relationships with suppliers and vendors, ensuring we provide high-quality merchandise at competitive prices. Our adeptness at forecasting and adapting to fashion trends has allowed us to consistently meet our customers’ needs and preferences. Additionally, our commitment to exceptional customer service and community engagement has fostered a loyal customer base and established StyleSaga Boutique as a prominent and respected presence in Columbus, OH.

The fashion retail industry is experiencing a significant shift towards sustainability and ethical production practices, driven by increasing consumer awareness and demand for transparency. The rise of digital marketing and e-commerce platforms has also transformed how boutiques engage with their customers, making online visibility and social media engagement crucial for success. Despite these challenges, the industry presents ample opportunities for growth, especially for businesses like StyleSaga Boutique that prioritize unique, sustainable fashion and harness the power of both online and offline marketing strategies to build a strong brand identity.

Our primary target market includes local residents in search of distinctive clothing that reflects their individual style. We cater to fashion enthusiasts who value uniqueness and quality, as well as environmentally conscious shoppers looking for sustainable and ethically produced apparel. Additionally, we aim to attract young professionals seeking versatile, trendy attire suitable for both office and social settings. By offering a diverse range of styles and sizes, along with eco-friendly options, StyleSaga Boutique addresses the varied preferences and values of our customer segments, ensuring a broad appeal.

Top competitors include local boutiques with similar target markets and large retail chains offering fast fashion at lower price points. Despite this competition, StyleSaga Boutique’s competitive advantages lie in our focus on sustainability, unique product offerings, and exceptional customer service. Our commitment to ethical fashion and ability to quickly adapt to changing trends allow us to meet customer demands in ways that many competitors cannot, setting us apart in the Columbus market.

Our marketing plan revolves around highlighting our unique selling propositions, such as our sustainable and ethically sourced products, through various channels. We leverage social media platforms, email newsletters, and in-store promotions to engage with our target audience and drive traffic to our boutique. Our product range is carefully curated to ensure diversity in style, size, and price, catering to a broad customer base without compromising on quality. Competitive pricing strategies are employed to offer value while maintaining profitability. Promotions and discounts are strategically used to attract new customers and reward loyalty among existing ones.

At StyleSaga Boutique, our daily operations are focused on inventory management, exceptional customer service, maintaining an inviting store presentation, and executing targeted marketing campaigns. We monitor sales data to understand customer preferences, manage financial transactions to ensure boutique health, and invest in employee training for superior service. Strong supplier relations and compliance with legal requirements are also key. Our milestones include expanding our product line, enhancing our online presence, and further engaging with the Columbus community to strengthen our brand and customer base.

The management team at StyleSaga Boutique brings together a group of passionate individuals with extensive experience in retail, fashion, and business management. Our team’s expertise in trend forecasting, customer service, and financial management positions us to successfully navigate the competitive landscape of fashion retail. We are united in our commitment to sustainability and innovation, driving StyleSaga Boutique towards a future of continued growth and success in the fashion industry.

Welcome to StyleSaga Boutique, a fresh and vibrant clothing store now gracing Columbus, OH. As a local establishment, we’ve recognized a significant gap in the market for high-quality, local clothing stores – a gap we are here to fill. Our commitment is to provide an unparalleled shopping experience, offering a diverse range of products that cater to the unique styles and needs of our community.

Our product lineup is both comprehensive and exclusive, featuring everything from casual T-shirts and jeans to more formal dresses and skirts. We also offer a selection of outerwear, including jackets and coats, designed to keep you stylish and comfortable regardless of the weather. Additionally, our activewear range ensures that you look your best, even during the most intense workouts. Each piece in our collection is carefully selected to ensure the highest quality and the latest trends, ensuring that our customers always find something that resonates with their personal style.

Located in the heart of Columbus, OH, StyleSaga Boutique is perfectly positioned to serve the local community. Our presence in Columbus allows us to understand and cater to the unique tastes and preferences of our customers, providing a personalized and immersive shopping experience.

Our confidence in the success of StyleSaga Boutique stems from several key factors. Firstly, our founder brings invaluable experience from previously running a successful clothing store, providing a solid foundation for our operations. Moreover, our commitment to quality and variety sets us apart from the competition. We take pride in offering better clothing options and a wider variety of styles than any other store in the area, ensuring that our customers always find something they love.

Since our inception on January 3, 2024, StyleSaga Boutique has made significant strides as a business. We are officially registered as a S Corporation, a testament to our commitment to professionalism and growth. Our accomplishments to date include designing our unique logo, developing our distinctive company name, and securing a prime location for our store. These milestones mark just the beginning of our journey, and we are excited about the future of StyleSaga Boutique in Columbus, OH.

The Clothing Store industry in the United States is a significant and thriving market. According to recent data, the market size was estimated to be around $292 billion in 2020. This demonstrates the immense opportunity and potential for growth within the industry. Furthermore, it is projected that the industry will experience a steady growth rate of 3.6% annually over the next five years. This optimistic outlook indicates that the Clothing Store industry is poised for further expansion.

Several trends have emerged in the Clothing Store industry that bode well for StyleSaga Boutique. One notable trend is the increasing demand for eco-friendly and sustainable fashion. Consumers are becoming more conscious of the environmental impact of their clothing choices and are actively seeking out brands that prioritize sustainability. StyleSaga Boutique can capitalize on this trend by offering a range of ethically sourced and environmentally friendly clothing options, setting itself apart from competitors and appealing to a growing market segment.

Another trend that favors StyleSaga Boutique is the rising popularity of online shopping. In recent years, there has been a significant shift towards e-commerce in the retail sector, and the Clothing Store industry is no exception. With its online platform, StyleSaga Boutique can tap into the growing number of consumers who prefer the convenience and ease of online shopping. By providing a seamless online shopping experience and leveraging digital marketing strategies, the boutique can reach a wider customer base and drive sales.

Below is a description of our target customers and their core needs.

Target Customers

StyleSaga Boutique will target a diverse clientele, with a primary focus on local residents who are seeking unique and fashionable clothing options. This group is expected to have a keen interest in fashion trends and will appreciate the boutique’s curated selection of apparel. Their purchasing decisions are often influenced by quality and exclusivity, making them ideal customers for StyleSaga Boutique.

The boutique will also cater to young professionals in Columbus, OH, who are aiming to enhance their wardrobes with stylish yet professional attire. This segment values convenience and quality, and will seek out StyleSaga Boutique for its unique offerings that cannot be found in larger retail stores. They are likely to become repeat customers, relying on the boutique for seasonal updates to their wardrobes.

Furthermore, StyleSaga Boutique will tailor its offerings to attract fashion-forward students from local colleges and universities. This demographic is always on the lookout for the latest trends at affordable prices. The boutique will leverage this by offering a mix of high-quality yet budget-friendly pieces, ensuring it becomes a go-to destination for students aiming to maintain a stylish appearance without breaking the bank.

Customer Needs

StyleSaga Boutique emerges as a beacon of high-quality clothing for those residents in Columbus who prioritize excellence in their wardrobe. They can expect a curated selection of apparel that not only meets but exceeds their expectations in terms of fabric quality, craftsmanship, and durability. This commitment to quality ensures that customers have access to pieces that not only look stunning but are also built to last, providing them with value for their investment.

In addition to quality, StyleSaga Boutique understands the importance of offering unique and trendy options for its customers. Shoppers can find themselves enveloped in the latest fashions that cater to a variety of tastes, from the classic and timeless to the avant-garde. This wide array of choices guarantees that customers can express their individual styles while remaining on the cutting edge of fashion trends.

Moreover, StyleSaga Boutique addresses the need for personalized and attentive customer service. Customers can expect a shopping experience that is tailored to their needs, with staff members who are knowledgeable and eager to assist in the selection process. This level of service not only makes the shopping experience enjoyable but also ensures that customers feel valued and understood, fostering a sense of community and loyalty to the boutique.

StyleSaga Boutique’s competitors include the following companies:

Tigertree is a well-regarded competitor known for its unique blend of clothing and lifestyle products. It offers a carefully curated selection of apparel, accessories, gifts, and home decor items. The price points at Tigertree cater to a mid-range budget, making it accessible to a broad segment of customers. Tigertree’s revenues stem from both its brick-and-mortar location in Columbus, OH, and its online store, which extends its reach beyond local customers. The store’s key strengths include its distinctive product selection and strong brand identity. However, its reliance on non-essential, discretionary items could be seen as a weakness in economically challenging times.

Second Chance Consignment Boutique specializes in high-quality, gently used clothing and accessories for women. This store appeals to budget-conscious consumers looking for designer brands at a fraction of the cost. Price points vary widely depending on the brand and condition of items, but are generally significantly lower than retail prices for new goods. Located in Columbus, OH, Second Chance Consignment Boutique serves a local customer base. The store’s key strength is its ability to offer luxury brands at affordable prices, attracting both bargain hunters and environmentally conscious shoppers. A potential weakness is the inconsistency of inventory, which can vary greatly in size, style, and brand availability.

College Traditions focuses on apparel and merchandise for fans of Ohio State University. It offers a wide range of products from clothing and accessories to home decor and gifts, all branded with OSU logos and colors. The store’s price points are designed to be accessible to a broad audience, including students, alumni, and sports fans. Situated near the OSU campus in Columbus, OH, College Traditions benefits from a loyal customer base of students, alumni, and local sports enthusiasts. Its key strength is its niche focus on OSU-branded merchandise, which capitalizes on the strong community spirit and sports culture in Columbus. A potential weakness is its limited appeal to non-OSU fans, which could restrict its market reach.

Competitive Advantages

At StyleSaga Boutique, we pride ourselves on offering superior quality clothing that clearly stands out from what our competition can provide. Our commitment to excellence is evident in every piece of garment we produce, ensuring that each item not only meets but exceeds the expectations of our discerning customers. This dedication to quality is a cornerstone of our competitive advantage, allowing us to attract a loyal customer base that values craftsmanship and durability in their clothing. We understand that in the fashion industry, the quality of the materials and the finesse in the manufacturing process can make a significant difference in the end product. Therefore, we meticulously select premium fabrics and employ skilled artisans who share our passion for creating exceptional clothing.

Furthermore, we offer an unparalleled variety of clothing options to cater to the diverse tastes and preferences of our customers in Columbus, OH. We believe that variety is key in keeping our offerings fresh and exciting, ensuring that every visit to our boutique presents a new opportunity for discovery. Our extensive range includes the latest trends, timeless classics, and unique pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. This variety not only sets us apart from our competitors but also positions us as a one-stop-shop for all fashion needs. Our ability to provide a wide array of choices means that every customer can find something that perfectly matches their personal style and occasion, making us a go-to destination for fashion enthusiasts seeking quality and diversity in their wardrobe.

Our marketing plan, included below, details our products/services, pricing and promotions plan.

Products and Services

Embarking on a new journey in the fashion industry, StyleSaga Boutique emerges as a beacon of style, offering a diverse range of clothing options that cater to the fashion-forward individuals of today. With a commitment to quality and the latest trends, StyleSaga Boutique ensures that every customer finds something that not only resonates with their personal style but also adds a touch of uniqueness to their wardrobe.

At the heart of StyleSaga Boutique’s collection are the T-Shirts, a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. These aren’t just any T-shirts; they are a blend of comfort, style, and statement. Customers can expect to find a variety of designs, from minimalist to graphic tees, ensuring there’s something for every taste. The average selling price for these T-shirts is set at a competitive $25, making fashion accessible without compromising on quality.

Understanding the importance of versatility in clothing, StyleSaga Boutique offers an extensive selection of Jeans and Bottoms. From high-waisted jeans to comfortable leggings, the range is meticulously curated to cater to different occasions and preferences. The boutique takes pride in providing pieces that are both stylish and durable, with prices averaging around $50. This ensures that customers are investing in items that are not only trendy but also offer value for money.

For those looking to elevate their wardrobe with feminine flair, the Dresses and Skirts section is a treasure trove of options. Whether it’s a casual day dress or an elegant skirt for a night out, StyleSaga Boutique has something to match every mood and event. With an emphasis on quality fabrics and flattering fits, the average selling price for these items is thoughtfully set at $60, allowing customers to indulge in premium fashion at reasonable prices.

Recognizing the need for versatile outerwear, StyleSaga Boutique presents a collection of Jackets and Coats that are both functional and fashionable. From cozy winter coats to lightweight jackets perfect for transitional weather, the boutique ensures customers are prepared for any season. With prices averaging at $100, these outerwear pieces are an investment in style and comfort, designed to last through the seasons.

Last but not least, the Activewear section caters to the modern lifestyle, combining fashion with functionality. Understanding the dynamic needs of today’s consumers, StyleSaga Boutique offers activewear that is perfect for the gym, outdoor activities, or simply for those who prefer a sporty aesthetic. With an average price of $40, customers can expect high-quality, durable pieces that don’t compromise on style.

In summary, StyleSaga Boutique stands as a one-stop fashion destination in Columbus, OH, offering a wide range of clothing items that cater to various tastes and occasions. With competitive pricing and a focus on quality, the boutique is poised to become a favorite among those who appreciate fashion that’s both accessible and distinctive.

Promotions Plan

StyleSaga Boutique leverages a multi-faceted promotional strategy to attract and retain customers in the competitive Columbus, OH, marketplace. At the core of these efforts, online marketing plays a pivotal role. Through a combination of social media engagement, targeted ads, and a robust email marketing campaign, StyleSaga Boutique ensures a constant and engaging online presence. Social media platforms, particularly Instagram and Facebook, serve as primary channels for showcasing the latest collections, sharing fashion tips, and engaging directly with the fashion-forward community. Tailored ads, based on customer interests and browsing history, help in reaching potential customers efficiently.

Beyond online marketing, StyleSaga Boutique also embraces the power of local collaborations. By partnering with local influencers and fashion bloggers for sponsored posts and event collaborations, the boutique amplifies its reach and credibility among the local fashion community. These partnerships not only increase visibility but also endorse the boutique’s unique offerings in a more personal and relatable manner.

In-store events are another key promotional method. StyleSaga Boutique hosts exclusive shopping nights, fashion shows, and styling workshops, transforming the store into a community hub for fashion enthusiasts. These events not only create buzz but also provide a tangible experience of the brand’s identity and values, fostering a loyal customer base.

Loyalty programs and exclusive member discounts further incentivize repeat business. Customers expect rewards for their loyalty, and StyleSaga Boutique meets these expectations with a well-structured rewards program. This program offers points for purchases, referrals, and social media engagement, which can be redeemed against future purchases, thus encouraging continuous engagement with the brand.

Lastly, public relations efforts, including press releases and features in local lifestyle magazines, play a crucial role in building the boutique’s reputation. By highlighting the unique aspects of StyleSaga Boutique, such as its commitment to sustainable fashion or its support for local designers, these efforts elevate the boutique’s profile and attract a wider audience.

Overall, StyleSaga Boutique employs a dynamic mix of online and offline promotional tactics to establish a strong brand presence in Columbus, OH. Through targeted online marketing, local collaborations, engaging in-store events, rewarding loyalty programs, and strategic public relations, the boutique ensures it remains a preferred destination for fashion lovers in the area.

Our Operations Plan details:

  • The key day-to-day processes that our business performs to serve our customers
  • The key business milestones that our company expects to accomplish as we grow

Key Operational Processes

To ensure the success of StyleSaga Boutique, there are several key day-to-day operational processes that we will perform.

  • Inventory Management: We continuously monitor and update our inventory to ensure that popular items are always in stock, while also introducing new and trendy items regularly to keep our offerings fresh and appealing.
  • Customer Service: Our staff provides exceptional customer service, assisting shoppers in finding what they need, offering fashion advice when requested, and handling returns or exchanges promptly and courteously.
  • Store Presentation: We maintain a clean, organized, and inviting store environment. This includes regular cleaning, creating attractive displays, and ensuring that merchandise is well-organized and easy to browse.
  • Marketing and Promotions: We execute targeted marketing campaigns and promotions to attract new customers and retain existing ones. This involves managing social media accounts, sending out newsletters, and running in-store promotions.
  • Sales Monitoring: We closely monitor sales data to understand customer preferences and trends. This information helps us make informed decisions about inventory, marketing strategies, and potential adjustments to our product offerings.
  • Financial Management: We diligently track all financial transactions, including sales, expenses, and profits, to ensure the financial health of the boutique. This includes managing budgets, forecasting future financial performance, and making adjustments as necessary.
  • Employee Training and Management: We invest in regular training for our employees to ensure they are knowledgeable about our products and skilled in customer service. Additionally, we manage staff scheduling to ensure adequate coverage during peak times and events.
  • Supplier and Vendor Relations: We maintain strong relationships with our suppliers and vendors to ensure we receive high-quality merchandise on time and at the best possible prices. This also involves negotiating contracts and managing any issues that arise.
  • Compliance and Legal Requirements: We stay informed about and comply with all local, state, and federal regulations affecting our business, including those related to employment, sales tax collection, and consumer rights.
  • Community Engagement: We actively seek ways to engage with and contribute to our local community, such as participating in local events, sponsoring local sports teams, or collaborating with other local businesses. This helps build a strong, positive brand presence in Columbus, OH.

StyleSaga Boutique expects to complete the following milestones in the coming months in order to ensure its success:

  • Securing a Prime Location : Finding and securing a retail space in a high-traffic area of Columbus, OH, that aligns with StyleSaga Boutique’s target market. This is critical for attracting foot traffic and establishing the store’s presence.
  • Obtaining Necessary Permits and Licenses : Completing all legal and regulatory requirements to operate a clothing store in Columbus, OH. This includes business registration, sales tax permits, and any other local requirements.
  • Building Out the Store : Designing and outfitting the retail space to create an inviting and brand-aligned shopping environment. This involves interior design, purchasing fixtures and displays, and setting up a point-of-sale system.
  • Sourcing Inventory : Establishing relationships with clothing suppliers and designers, and purchasing initial inventory. This includes selecting a range of products that align with the brand’s identity and target customer preferences.
  • Hiring and Training Staff : Recruiting, hiring, and training employees who are passionate about fashion and provide excellent customer service. This will include sales associates, a store manager, and possibly a marketing or social media coordinator.
  • Launch Our Clothing Store : Officially opening StyleSaga Boutique with a launch event or promotion to generate buzz and attract initial customers. This milestone marks the transition from setup to operation.
  • Implementing a Marketing Strategy : Developing and executing a marketing plan that includes social media, local advertising, and community engagement to build brand awareness and drive traffic to the store.
  • Establishing an Online Presence : Creating a professional website and e-commerce platform to extend the store’s reach beyond local customers. This includes online marketing efforts to drive traffic to the website.
  • Monitoring and Adjusting Inventory Based on Sales Data : Using sales data to adjust product offerings, stocking more of what sells well, and phasing out what does not. This will help in managing inventory costs and improving profitability.
  • Get to $15,000/Month in Revenue : Achieving this level of monthly sales is crucial for covering operating expenses and reaching profitability. It involves continuously refining marketing efforts, inventory selection, and in-store experience based on customer feedback and sales data.

StyleSaga Boutique management team, which includes the following members, has the experience and expertise to successfully execute on our business plan:

Mia Anderson, CEO

Mia Anderson brings a rich background in the retail clothing industry, with an impressive track record of entrepreneurial success. Her experience includes running a successful clothing store, where she honed her skills in business management, customer relations, and inventory strategy. Mia’s leadership abilities and deep understanding of the fashion retail market make her an invaluable asset to StyleSaga Boutique. Her vision for the boutique encompasses not only leveraging her past success but also implementing innovative strategies to adapt to the ever-changing fashion industry, ensuring StyleSaga Boutique’s growth and sustainability.

StyleSaga Boutique is seeking additional funding to reach our growth goals. This investment will be directed towards expanding our inventory with a focus on sustainable and ethically sourced products, enhancing our marketing efforts to increase brand awareness and customer engagement, and improving our online presence through website development and e-commerce platforms. Our financial strategy is designed to ensure long-term profitability and sustainability, positioning us for success in the competitive fashion retail market.

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Moscow-City is an iconic location for life and work in Russia’s capital. Enormous skyscrapers, business centers, the best restaurants and retail spaces – all this is concentrated in one place. The ultramodern Moscow-City towers are truly striking in their outward appearance, and the layout of the apartments inside and the fantastic views that can be seen from the higher floors are nothing short of impressive.

This skyscraper compound, often referred to as Moskva-City, is the Russian take on Manhattan, where businessmen strike multi-million dollar deals daily while ordinary life goes on next door. Its state of the art spaces offer the ultimate convenience. The infrastructure of this business district is so well-developed that anyone can find something interesting for themselves here: from residential apartments to boutiques, clubs, exhibitions and more.

When the foundations for the Moscow-City skyscrapers were laid, a special kind of concrete was used, the properties of which are amplified by many times compared to standard concrete. Even in the event of a plane crashing into one of the buildings, the structural integrity of the towers will be preserved.

The architects of the Moscow-City Business Center have created a unique locality that has integrated into itself the hub of the capital’s business life and a whole ensemble of historical monuments. Anyone can admire the beauty of these skyscrapers from within or without the compound. There are also a number of apartments for sale or rent available in the MIBC itself. But first, let’s have a look at some more interesting facts about the financial core of Russia’s capital.

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How It All Began

The history of Moscow-City goes all the way back to 1992. The government of Moscow at the time wanted to bring into existence its own skyscrapers like the ones in London or New York. And the idea caught on. In 1992 the project for the construction of the huge “Moscow-City” MIBC compound was enthusiastically approved, kick-starting the painstaking preparatory works. The original intention was that the skyscrapers would only house office space. However, as time went on, the towers began to welcome in ordinary residents who wanted to live on the territory of this business and finance hub.

Moscow-City is undoubtedly a city within a city. Its grandeur is mind-boggling. It is perfect in every way: from location to infrastructure. And today, anyone can get a feel of the atmosphere of the “capital city” of Russia’s business world – many of the apartments in Moscow-City are available for rent. Any citizen of Russia and even nationals of other countries can make use of these offers.

What It’s Like in 2021

Today Moscow-City is not just a magnificent and fascinating sight, but also a real hub for the work, life and leisure of thousands. Its infrastructure is organized in such a way that there is no need to leave the territory of the “city within a city” at all. This business district contains everything one may need for work and recreation. And if one does decide to venture out into the larger metropolis, the MIBC’s three subway stations make this remarkably simple to do.

Moscow-City stands on the Presnenskaya Embankment . Each of the buildings in the district has a name, which simplifies its identification. Some of the buildings form complexes that are united under one name, such as the Neva Towers and the Naberezhnaya Tower complex of two skyscrapers and one high rise. There are a total of 16 towers in the MIBC, of which the most popular are:

  • Moscow-City Central Core;
  • Tower 2000;
  • Evolution Tower;
  • Imperia Tower;
  • City of Capitals (Moscow Tower and St. Petersburg Tower);
  • Steel Peak Tower;
  • Federation Tower;
  • Mercury City Tower;
  • OKO Tower Complex.

Moscow-City Central Core

This is the most complex building within the MIBC compound. Its total floor area is a whopping 1 476 378 sqft (450 000 m²). It consists of two massive parts, each of which boasts a truly impressive infrastructure. The underground part includes 3 Moscow Metro stations, a parking lot for automobiles and a shopping mall. The aboveground part houses a concert hall and a hotel.

Tower 2000 is a skyscraper having 34 stories. Its total floor area is 200 318 sqft (61 057 m²), most of which is office space. The key feature of this skyscraper is its direct connection to the Bagration Bridge, which has its own shopping arcade. The tower has everything one may need while working here, including a large parking lot and several restaurants.

Evolution Tower

This elegant structure is 836 feet (255 m) high – that’s a whole 54 stories! The total floor area here is 554 462 sqft (169 000 m²). The Evolution Tower’s key feature is that it has its own Wedding Hall. This skyscraper houses large office spaces, a parking lot and several restaurants.

Imperia Tower

MIBC’s Imperia Tower is the undeniable focal point of the MIBC’s business life. Its height is 784 feet (239 m), which means one can hold conferences and resolve key business matters on the 59 th floor! And that really is amazing! The tower has everything: offices, hotels, restaurants and parking lots. But if you want a truly unforgettable experience, visit the viewing platform! It is situated on the 58 th floor and a simply astounding view of Moscow can be seen from it.

Moscow Tower and St. Petersburg Tower

The Moscow and St. Petersburg Towers are the chief representatives of the MIBC. The Moscow Tower has 76 stories and is 990 feet (302 m) high, while the St. Petersburg Tower has 65 stories and stands 843 feet (257 m) tall. Both towers offer fantastic views of the capital city.

Most of the floors of these two skyscrapers are taken up by luxurious sky apartments. There are also several recreational and entertainment centers, office spaces, restaurants, etc.

Steel Peak Tower

Also known as the Eurasia Tower of Moscow-City, this supertall skyscraper has a total of 680 912 sqft (207 542 m²) of floor space. Most of this is taken up by offices, and the rest – by residential quarters (around 65 616 sqft or 20 000 m²). The tower also houses a number of the greatest restaurants, studios and shopping centers.

Federation Tower

The Federation Tower is a complex of two skyscrapers, known as Tower East and Tower West. Tower East is the second highest building in Europe (the first is a skyscraper recently erected in the city of St. Petersburg). Its height is a colossal 1 223 feet (373 m) and that makes 95 stories! Tower West, on the other hand, is noticeably shorter at 794 feet (242 m).

The Federation Tower is a multifunctional complex.

Mercury City Tower

The Mercury City Tower skyscraper is widely known as one of the tallest buildings in Europe. Its height is 1 112 feet (339 m) and it has 75 stories. It is multifunctional by concept, holding within its walls shopping centers, offices and all kinds of other spaces. It is also possible to rent apartments here.

OKO Tower Complex

The OKO Tower Complex consists of two towers – the North Tower (49 stories and 803 ft or 245 m in height) and the South Tower (85 stories and 1 155 ft or 352 m in height).

Each of the MIBC’s tower complexes has its own recreational and entertainment areas, restaurants and parking lots. The top floors of most of these buildings contain luxurious fully-furnished apartments. At night, the towers shine with bright lights, while inside them the panoramic windows reveal astounding views of Moscow. This breathtaking view of the capital of Russia is why visiting Moscow-City is a must!

What Not to Miss

There are many interesting landmarks within the Moscow-City compound, but three of them are truly deserving of special attention:

  • The Afimall City Shopping Center;
  • The Bagration Bridge with two galleries and a shopping arcade;
  • The Expocentre Fairgrounds.

Afimall City Shopping Center

The Afimall City Shopping and Entertainment Center is located in Moscow-City’s Central Core. It is divided into 4 zones, each with its own theme – one for every season of the year. The shopping center houses the biggest indoor fountain found worldwide. The height of this watery wonder is 118 feet or 36 meters.

The shopping and entertainment center contains everything one might expect from one of the largest centers of its kind:

  • Retail brand stores;
  • Exhibitions;
  • Game rooms;
  • and Restaurants.

The main recreational space is roofed with a giant transparent dome, which is an impressive sight to behold.

Bagration Bridge

Bagration Bridge with its upper and lower galleries has a shopping center all of its own and was the first structure to be built as part of the Moscow-City business district. Its lower gallery is a shopping arcade and its upper gallery is an open-air viewing platform with a spectacular view of the MIBC and the Moskva River. The hall of the bridge houses the 23 foot tall sculpture called “Tree of Life”. Having gone through the bridge via either one of its two galleries, a pedestrian would find themselves standing right on the Kutuzovsky Prospekt.

Expocentre Fairgrounds

The Expocentre Fairgrounds exhibition venue is located at the very heart of the capital. The first exhibition held at the Expocentre happened all the way back in 1959, much earlier than the MIBC was erected. Today it is the venue of many interesting events.

Exhibitions with very diverse themes are regularly held at this complex. An up-to-date schedule can be found on the official webpage of the Expocentre. The events can be free or fixed-price entry, depending on their type.

Renting and Buying Real Estate in Moscow-City

Moscow-City is not only a work and business hub, but also a residential neighborhood. Any citizen of Russia can rent or buy apartments or elite sky lounges here. The variety of residential real estate available inside the skyscrapers is impressive, including options for any pocket. The following buildings in the MIBC contain residential blocks:

This skyscraper has a mirror glass façade which reflects the passing clouds. Just imagine how beautiful that looks! Anyone can buy an apartment in the Federation Tower. Such properties are not only a good investment, but also a mark of prestige. The average price of residential real estate here is 45 million rubles for an apartment with a total floor area of 334 sqft (102 m²). The average price of a square meter (3.28 square feet) is in the range of 650 to 700 thousand rubles. There are two- and three-room apartments available in the Federation Tower, each with its own loggia. As for rent, the minimum price of one month’s stay in a three-room apartment in this skyscraper is 300 000 rubles per month.

The Mercury City Tower skyscraper welcomes citizens from all parts of Russia. This building is no less tall than the world-famous Dubai skyscrapers. Living in its apartments is a delight. The minimum cost of an apartment in the Mercury City Tower is 75 million rubles. The average price of a square meter (3.28 square feet) is 800 thousand rubles. And for those looking for a lower price point, some of the properties are also available for rent – in this case you will pay a minimum of 250 thousand rubles per month.

The Imperia Tower is a key cluster of interesting offers. The best options for buying and renting apartments within the MIBC can all be found in this skyscraper. The lowest price of a residential apartment here is 40 million rubles. A square meter (3.28 square feet) in a luxurious apartment in the Imperia Tower currently costs 600 thousand rubles, while the price range of the listings available for rent in this skyscraper is from 350 thousand all the way up to 1 million rubles per month.

This complex, standing on a faceted or “crystal” base, is an architectural engineering project boasting spectacular design. Behind its impressive façades is an abundance of penthouses and apartments having floor areas in the range of 262 sqft (80 m²) to 984 sqft (300 m²). The minimum price of an apartment in the OKO Tower Complex is 40 million rubles (the price of a square meter (3.28 square feet) is 500 thousand rubles). You can rent an apartment here starting from 400 thousand rubles per month.

City of Capitals

The City of Capitals is an exemplary architectural complex. Its sum appearance gives the impression of a huge city. Inside its walls are spacious apartments available for purchase and rent. This complex is considered to be especially prestigious. The prices of apartments here start from 50 million rubles, while the minimum cost of renting is 400 thousand rubles per month.

Please note! The price of real estate available for purchase or rent depends on: the tower, the floor, the total floor area, the furnishings and/or interior design, and other factors.

The key advantages of buying/purchasing real estate in Moscow-City are:

  • Favorable location;
  • Convenient transportation links;
  • Well-developed infrastructure;
  • High safety level;
  • Efficient architecture;
  • Panoramic windows.

Buying real estate in Moscow-City is very much a rational decision, most appealing to those who value the ultimate level of comfort. The residential apartments here boast impressive interior design solutions executed in the contemporary style.

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FEIG ELECTRONIC: Moscow-City Skyscrapers Streamline Parking Access and Control with Secure RFID

Feig electronic partners with isbc group to deploy ucode dna rfid security and parking access control solution in moscow business district.

Weilburg, Germany  — December 3,  2019  —  FEIG ELECTRONIC , a leading global supplier of radio frequency identification (RFID) readers and antennas with fifty years of industry experience, announces deployment of the UCODE DNA RFID security and parking contactless identification solution in the Moscow International Business Center, known as Moscow-City, one of the world’s largest business district projects.

The management of Moscow-City not only selected long-range, passive UHF RFID to implement in its controlled parking areas, it also chose to implement UCODE DNA , the highest form of secure RAIN RFID technology, developed by NXP Semiconductors.

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“Underscoring NXP’s innovation and leadership in developing advanced RAIN RFID technologies, our UCODE DNA was chosen to be incorporated with the FEIG and ISBC implementation of the contactless identification system in the prestigious Moscow-City,” said Mahdi Mekic, marketing director for RAIN RFID with NXP Semiconductors. “This exciting project represents yet another successful deployment of NXP’s contactless portfolio, and showcases our continued ability to meet the high-security requirements of highly demanding applications without compromising user convenience.”

“UCODE DNA is considered the only identification technology to match the physical protection of a barrier with the cybersecurity necessary to truly protect entrances from unauthorized access,” said Manuel Haertlé, senior product manager for FEIG Electronic. “As a respected contactless payment technology company, FEIG applies security know-how from its payment terminals, which are fully certified according to the latest high-class security standards, into our RFID systems. FEIG vehicle access control RFID readers incorporate advanced secure key storage elements, supporting various methods for secure key injection.”

FEIG’s partner ISBC Group provided the knowledge and support for this successful implementation using  FEIG’s long-range UHF RFID . The resulting system enables authorized vehicle entry into areas reserved for private residential use or corporate tenants, while also allowing availability of temporary, fee-based visitor parking. Thanks to the cryptographic authentication of UCODE DNA, both the tag and reader must go through an authentication procedure before the reader will validate the data from the tag, which is transmitted wirelessly. This level of authentication is typically used in the most secure data communication networks.

“The system’s two-step authentication means that only authorized equipment can handle the secure protocol and the data exchange with the UCODE DNA based tag. Without the required cryptographic secrets, other readers would query the tag in vain, because the tag’s response cannot be interpreted or understood,” said Andrey Krasovskiy, director of the RFID department at ISBC Group. “On top of this, each data exchange in the authentication process is unique, so even if a malicious actor were to intercept the communication, the transmission is only good for a single exchange and the tag’s unique identity is protected from cloning.”

Established in 1992 and still growing, Moscow-City is the revitalization and transformation of an industrial riverfront into a new, modern, vibrant and upscale business and residential district. A mix of residential, hotel, office, retail and entertainment facilities, it is located about four kilometers west of Red Square along the Moscow River. Twelve of the twenty-three planned facilities have already been completed, with seven currently under construction. Six skyscrapers in Moscow-City reach a height of at least 300 meters, including Europe’s tallest building, Federation Tower, which rises more than 100 stories.

Partnering with ISBC and deploying FEIG Electronic RFID solutions, the Moscow International Business Center is delivering security and access control to its city center today, as it grows into the city of tomorrow.

About FEIG ELECTRONIC

FEIG ELECTRONIC GmbH, a leading global supplier of RFID readers and antennas is one of the few suppliers worldwide offering RFID readers and antennas for all standard operating frequencies: LF (125 kHz), HF (13.56 MHz), UHF (860-960 MHz). A trusted pioneer in RFID with more than 50 years of industry experience, FEIG ELECTRONIC delivers unrivaled data collection, authentication, and identification solutions, as well as secure contactless payment systems. Readers from FEIG ELECTRONIC, which are available for plug-in, desktop, and handheld applications, support next-generation contactless credit cards, debit cards, smart cards, NFC and access control credentials to enable fast, accurate, reliable and secure transactions. For more information, visit:  www.feig.de/en

Founded in Moscow in 2002, ISBC Group provides knowledge and support to integrators for their successful implementation of RFID and smart card-based solutions. The company specializes in the distribution of smart card equipment, contact and contactless card manufacturing, smart card and RFID personalization services, and information security.  Its Research and Design Center is focused specifically on RFID, primarily HF and UHF solutions with NXP tags, and software development for the smart card industry. For more information visit:  https://isbc-cards.com/

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