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Old 02-05-2009, 10:05 PM   #26
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Re: business in a college town that seems to have everything

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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, 10:06 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 02-06-2009, 12:50 AM   #28
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Re: business in a college town that seems to have everything

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, 01:39 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, 02:00 AM   #30
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Re: business in a college town that seems to have everything

Meal preparation and delivery service. Rich kids who can't cook, wanna eat healthy.
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:27 AM   #31
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Meal preparation and delivery service. Rich kids who can't cook, wanna eat healthy.
this sounds kinda cool. i don't think any of these exist around here, or maybe i just don't know about them.

to steak, the population here is pretty high. i don't know the exact number but i've heard it's the most populated town per square mile in anywhere in the US. i guess that's saying enough.
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:11 AM   #32
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Re: business in a college town that seems to have everything

God dammit Taylor, I want delivery breakfast now
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:55 AM   #33
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God dammit Taylor, I want delivery breakfast now
fly to SB w taylor. we'll go get some late night breakfast and hit up some b's.
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:09 AM   #34
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lol.. Triumph. Their beer kinda sucked I thought. But it was the only destination in town.
Ivy Inn ftw
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:29 AM   #35
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A greek fast food joint.
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:21 PM   #36
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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.
This. I can't get away from using it for what failed before it, a sandwich shop

I know nothing about the college but if it is NOT a commuter college, I would focus on lunch and late night. In a college town where kids live on and around campus, having some kind of social sandwich place they can go to after last call would potentially be worthwhile.. and lunch is lunch.
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:18 PM   #37
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Re: business in a college town that seems to have everything

Ya basically any college town food place should be open till 3 am.... Burning money if your not

Successfull deli in my college town right next to a crowded strip of bars; they close at 9 30. Wasted
Kids literally standing and parking in their lot at all hours every day of the week
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:06 PM   #38
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Thai food does really well at my school.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:14 PM   #39
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I go to UCSB as well. We don't have a decent sports bar in all of IV or Goleta. I hate having to go downtown just to watch a sports game.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:10 PM   #40
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Jamba Juice
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:29 PM   #41
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InNOut burger imo...

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They don't franchise iirc.

EDIT: I'd look into a pita pit if you wanna stay with food.
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:48 PM   #42
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A lot of the suggestions are impossible. (Chipotle/InNOut)

That is what spawned the "lulz" fest from me.
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:16 AM   #43
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Breakfast served all day cheap w/o the wifi. That would be Waffle House. Very popular in the south.

Haven't seen too many out west.
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:07 AM   #44
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smoothie shop near gym
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:03 PM   #45
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Breakfast served all day cheap w/o the wifi. That would be Waffle House. Very popular in the south.

Haven't seen too many out west.
Another not possible.
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:29 PM   #46
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Re: business in a college town that seems to have everything

Wisconsin style brat-house or pizza by the slice
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:36 PM   #47
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Re: business in a college town that seems to have everything

Ok, on the serious side... we had a competition in an Entrepreneurship class I took, and the two most popular ideas were:

1) Keg delivery service
2) Breakfast Buffet Place

Breakfast buffet place would definitely have higher margins, and the start up costs would be dirt cheap. Hungover college kids are looking for a lot of food cheap. Throw out nasty eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, sausage, and give them oj and milk for one single price and you have a goldmine. No waitresses, just bus boys, cooks, and someone to collect the money.

Open it up from like 10pm-3am and then again from like 8am-2pm.

The keg delivery service was popular but start up costs were hard. Not a lot of college kids have cars and people with fake ids will probably use this service alot. Also, charge a premium on same day service and/or delivery after a certain time.

Offer a pick up service the next day to give them their deposit back. This could honestly be a 2 man operation with 1 truck. Free Advertising around campus on telephone polls, cars, billboards, etc.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:37 PM   #48
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Re: business in a college town that seems to have everything

With DUI's becoming such an issue these days people are looking more for transportation. A type of party bus would probably work well. Something that fits around 15 people and maybe have a keg on board. So they get to ride and drink for a price. Not sure what you would need to charge but I would think $300-$400 for like a 9pm-2:30am type thing wouldn't be too hard to fill at all. maybe have like a dance pole in the center for good measure.

People are always having birthdays in college towns and that would be an excellent way to get your crew around safe. Maybe even market to the students parents somehow like during orientation that it would be the perfect Bday Gift. Actually I guess new students wouldn't be your market but I think it's possible to get a list of birthdays for kids turning 21. Anway.. there's a lot of details that could be possible like a 12pm-2am shift for just birthday kids (prolly get $200).. just use your imagination.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:57 PM   #49
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The liability for some of these drinking ideas is just loltastic.
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:02 AM   #50
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instead of doing breakfast delivery in college markets, why not expand to restaurant delivery in general and bring all the places that do not deliver to students at all hours of the day.
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