I've always had the romantic vision of opening a shop in a little town. DH and I are looking into our career futures and, having recently moved to a town we love already, I'm trying to work out if there is a viable retail opportunity here. I have retail experience and I'm thinking something that can also have an e-shop side would be the go.
So if you live in a small town, what shops do you buy at frequently (or go to a closeby small town to shop there rather than "the city")?
Our town has more shops than you would expect for the population (1500ish) as there are a few local industries where tradies need lunch and there are many "no shops" towns nearby.
There is already an IGA, hardware/feed store, bakery/cafe, butcher, 3 hair salons, a beautician, laundromat, garage, panel shop, pizza/chippy, 1 restaurant, newsagent/gifts, vintage/gifts emporium, op shop, chemist, post office, optometrists, medical centre, small real estate and a bank.
So there is lots here already - which I think is a good sign - but quite a few empty shops still.