Here’s a scenario we’ve seen a lot here at SiteSeer: an entrepreneur starts a business. Maybe it’s a retail business of some kind—a boutique clothing store, an ice cream shop, a bike shop—or maybe it’s a restaurant.
If you’re a restaurant chain or real estate professional representing a chain that is expanding in the United States, you should be using Restaurant Trends. This data provider is one of a kind, offering competitor store-level sales data for over 480 restaurant chains across the United States, which they have tracked since 1984. They track all of the major quick-service, fast casual, and full-service restaurants in every state in the U.S.—that’s more than 184,000 locations.
If you’re at all connected to the grocery business, you’ve probably seen the headlines about natural and organic grocery chains closing their stores:
Step #3 in our Site Selection Checklist for making smart site selection decisions is study your competition.
Too often, we see companies do lots of homework on their customers and trade area and launch right into an expansion plan. Understanding your customer is indeed vital to your success as you grow. But there’s another side of the equation that is extremely important: understanding who you’re going up against.
Site selection done right requires many things, but at the top of the list is knowing your customers.
Location, location, location. Never has the phrase been truer to a business’s success than in the restaurant business. A fantastic concept in the wrong location will underperform, or worse, fail entirely. It’s important that you be diligent in your site selection. Here are five tips on how to improve your process: