Permanent and Mobile Food Concession Operation?

April/May 2014

Have you been considering whether your concession business should stay put or go mobile? Read this month's article to learn the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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by Kurt Irmiter, Julie Cochrane, and Jackie Bagwell of FestivalNet

When initially considering starting a food service business, one of the decisions that you will have to make is whether you desire to have a food concession stand that is in a permanent location or a mobile concession trailer that you can move from one location to another.

As with most decisions, there are advantages and disadvantages to both methods of food concession operations.

Permanently located concession stand

  • Repeat Business
A permanently located concession stand should develop repeat clientele. They will know the quality and price of your food and when you are open for business. Having repeat customers can increase your business dramatically as they will tell others about your business.
  • Operating Hours
By having a permanent location you can create a standard set of operating hours. This allows you the ability to have a life outside of your food concession business. Concession businesses that service specific events must operate within the constraints of the event's hours.
  • No Set-up or Dismantling Time
A permanently located concession business does not have to invest no income hours in set-up and dismantling as a mobile concession trailer does.
  • Less Equipment Downtime
Equipment housed in a permanent concession stand does not suffer the wear and tear associated with the vibrations and shocks that occur when a concession trailer is being driven on roads.
  • Easier Staffing
It is easier to staff a permanent concession stand then a mobile unit.
  • Operating Expenses
There are no costs involved for fuel, engine repairs, tires and other vehicle type expenses. As well, you will be able to develop a history of how much food to purchase, what foods sell best in the area, meaning less food wastage.
  • Income
Over a period of time you will be able to budget your income as history will tell you what days are your busiest.

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