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Old 02-05-2009, 06:32 PM   #16
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Re: business in a college town that seems to have everything

as you guys mentioned your suggestions it made me realize how many things we have i couldn't even think of. there is a free gym on campus and one kick boxing place that recently closed down. there is a domino's pizza as well as woodstock's which seem to take care of that market. we have 2 sushi restaurants. Taylor, i like your suggestion about the quick breakfast joint with the healthy options. unfortunately one of those just opened a couple of months ago but is a little far from being in the "prime" location. also it doesn't seem like they are doing too well. maybe business will pick up for them eventually but for now they look like they're running slow. i've eaten there a couple of times and food is pretty decent so their location may be the problem.

also, we have a headshop here called hempwise that specializes in all those fun things. maybe a sex shop would have a lot of business considering most of the chicks here are.. ya know. also medical marijuana sounds cool but i'm not sure what the requirements are here. we also have rock climbing at the gym on campus and there is a rock climbing wall in the park in this town.

thanks again for all your replies. i'm going to try to think of more things and i'll post here if i can think of anything cool.

*edit: how would you guys think an arcade would do in a college town? like traditional games with air hockey, etc. maybe even a bar or it'll be next to a bar.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:52 PM   #17
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Bagel place?
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:55 PM   #18
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*edit: how would you guys think an arcade would do in a college town? like traditional games with air hockey, etc. maybe even a bar or it'll be next to a bar.
IMO, your best bet is some kind of food establishment. Even if you have a lot of competition, people get tired of eating in the same places. So, a new place always has a chance to be successful. And, since you're in a college town, you'd probably want the food to be inexpensive, as college kids tend to be broke.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:27 PM   #19
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*edit: how would you guys think an arcade would do in a college town? like traditional games with air hockey, etc. maybe even a bar or it'll be next to a bar.
I think that with todays available entertainment at home and the DUI laws that people like to do their gaming and drinking at home on the cheap.

Now a Bar if you could swing a liquor license would be a gold mine. You could even have PuB donkaments twice a week to bring the nerds out from their p.c.s. You could also serve a limited menu but offer something unique that you are famous for. A famous hamburger would do the trick and that could be your niche.

In a college town you don't even have to deal with slow weekdays. The summers might be a little thin but you could even close during the summer and open one week after school starts each year to build up anticipation.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:56 PM   #20
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You probably don't have the $, but a micro brew type-place that brews its own beer could do very well there...the one in Princeton (similar demographic) was killing it when I was there.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:03 PM   #21
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Open a bookstore that competes with the college bookstore, only lower the price slightly. Offer other stuff college kids need.

The college I went to had this and they seemed to be doing quite well. They had the same exact books as the college store...new..used..class #...teachers name...looked just like the school one but was a little bit cheaper and was located about 50 ft off campus. The people who founded the place were ex-students.

They named it The Other Bookstore. A gold mine IMO. Open a coffee shop inside with wifi and you may make a killing.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:13 PM   #22
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always thought a bar with free arcade games would be a good idea
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:26 PM   #23
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When I was in college the big thing was renting hot tubs for parties to the frats and clubs. The liability might be a problem.

Also rent out foam machines for parties. Girls like wearing their bikinis and the guys love the girls.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:53 PM   #24
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Open a bookstore that competes with the college bookstore, only lower the price slightly. Offer other stuff college kids need.

The college I went to had this and they seemed to be doing quite well. They had the same exact books as the college store...new..used..class #...teachers name...looked just like the school one but was a little bit cheaper and was located about 50 ft off campus. The people who founded the place were ex-students.

They named it The Other Bookstore. A gold mine IMO. Open a coffee shop inside with wifi and you may make a killing.
we already have two of these off campus :-/

the hot tub/foam machine thing sounds pretty awesome. i'll look into this. liability will def. be a huge issue though with the hot tub rental.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:00 PM   #25
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Competing with the free and superior campus facilities seems like a wonderful plan.
The gym I got to is about 1 or 2 miles from the University of Texas. Probably half of the people there are college students.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:05 PM   #26
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You probably don't have the $, but a micro brew type-place that brews its own beer could do very well there...the one in Princeton (similar demographic) was killing it when I was there.

That's a long term endeavor. There's a popular micro brew outside of my town that has finally starting turning a profit after four or so years.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:06 PM   #27
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I'd have to agee with the breakfast place, Im sure it would do great business. It has low start up costs and VERY high profits.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:50 PM   #28
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retirement village ldo

but seriously, whats the population roughly?

i think a coffee store or fast food joint close to the campus will do well, or what about a alcohol store?
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:39 AM   #29
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You probably don't have the $, but a micro brew type-place that brews its own beer could do very well there...the one in Princeton (similar demographic) was killing it when I was there.
lol.. Triumph. Their beer kinda sucked I thought. But it was the only destination in town.
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:00 AM   #30
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Meal preparation and delivery service. Rich kids who can't cook, wanna eat healthy.
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