Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Can Small Coffee Shops Make It In Today's World?

Common Grounds, Viva Espresso, Pemberton Coffeehouse, Zeppole. Every one of these listed was a locally owned coffee shop that closed its doors.

Is it even possible to make it in today's dollar any size coffee wars at waves,McDonald's,bk when local shops have to charge more to make it?

Rise Up has been the exception to the rule but they had an ace in the deck and that was location. The foot traffic to the new store in eastern shore drive and the one on riverside drive.

Is it possible that small local shops just can't make it?



9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes,Jt,it is possible,but ONLY if the person or persons opening up the coffee shop have plenty of money and simply wish to do something they love doing.That would make breaking even a success for them where breaking even would put everyone else out of business.To me it appears that the local shops that you mentioned needed to turn a decent profit to remain open.A local chicken restaurant recently closed it's doors possibly because Salisbury was already inundated with places to buy fried chicken and theirs was no better if as good as the rest.

Anonymous said...

They sell coffee. Coffee, by it's very nature, is a low to no margin product. You get em in there, and hope they but something more than coffee. The places that make money, are the most convenient. Gotta move foot traffic to make the money.

Did any of the places that closed(or are closing, in Pemberton's case) have a drive thru? Because for me to get out of my car, before work, during the week is just another stop that I won't do.

I do think it can work, but it'll be tough to do in a town like Salisbury. Very few "walking" to work, like you'd see in the cities, no real community transportation(trains/buses like in the cities), those are target audiences that are already unavailable in Salisbury.

I think the best location would be next to the college. Get a lot of kids coming through. Buck here, buck there, type thing.

That's Elbert said...

The Rise Up Coffee on Riverside Dr seems to get a load of drive thru traffic. I prefer walking in, but if I'm in a hurry, I'd drive thru. They have great service. One of the servers even remembered my order from the week prior. That's service! And that keeps me coming back. Plus the coffee products are great!

Anonymous said...

10:48 good point! I won't go into a coffee shop that does not have a drive thru, especially in the morning - I try to frequent Rise Up over Starbucks but some times the Rise Up on Camden Avenue is so crowded it becomes a safety issue. It would be interesting to compare sales at the Drive thru on Starbucks on 13 and the walk in one by the college - I never walk in.

Anonymous said...

The thing with coffee all you basically have is flavored water....not going to pay $3 for a cup of coffee, no matter what you call it or who hands it to me!!!!! cappuccino...barista... bull crap, IT'S COFFEE! So there must be other items on the menu to pay the bills. Starbucks and Rise Up...would be closed if they were waiting on my money....sorry not a preppy or college student, just like mine hot and black, the other stuff is a flavored dessert!

Anonymous said...

People are just lazy. $3 for a cup of coffee you can make at home yourself for less than $0.50, any flavor you like, w/cream and sugar.

Anonymous said...

It's not being lazy. It's called being social. I actually enjoy a good cup of coffee and conversation. The coffee you get at a coffeehouse is not the same junk you can get off the shelves at any grocery store. Some people might like Folgers or Maxwell house but that is just flavored water to me.

Anonymous said...

Nothing social about going through a drive-up...get real!!! It's LAZY!!!

Anonymous said...

Coffee shop coffee is not something that one cannot get elsewhere and make at home.The smell when you walk in the door of a coffee shop and the socializing may have a positive psychological effect but the raw materials used to create that environment are available to anyone anywhere.