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How to Buy a Shop

The retail industry can be a difficult one if you don't do enough research.

This is an industry that can be full of long hours and a lot of hard work. You will need to do a lot of research before buying a shop so that you have a clear picture of what your consumers want.

Despite this, though, it is an exciting sector with constant new innovations where you will be able to interact with people and use your creative approach to your business to make it a success.

The Retail Industry

The retail industry has been experiencing uncertainty with the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit negotiations.

In general, though, there has been a steady increase in retail sales in the UK over the past decade.

The industry is one that changes rapidly and it’s important that anyone wanting to go into retail needs to make sure that they have done as much research as possible. 

Which shop to buy 

Study the location where you are thinking of buying your shop and observe what the kind of footfall there is, the customers in the area, the other shops around and what your competition might be.

You can’t just go with your gut because your gut will likely be wrong about which location will be best for your new business.

Be sure of the type of customer that you want to appeal to and whether this location is best for them. You should have a clear understanding of what it is that appeals to your customers and what they want from your business.

Why would customers come to you instead of your competition? Focus on this and use it to keep customers returning over and over again.

Essential Skills

Running a shop takes a lot of knowledge of how to balance your accounts and figuring out what you should stock. You need to be able to do both these things.

When it comes to knowing what you should stock, look to what it is that sells and what customers want. You need to be adaptable because what you think you should be selling and what you actually should be selling in order to be profitable can be two very different things. 

You also need to be careful of simply following trends. These can change from season to season and month to month. Longer term consumer behaviour is far more important.



There are a lot of challenges in this industry no matter what kind of shop you buy. You will need to work weekends and holidays and you will be dealing with the public day in and day out which can be exhausting.

There is also a lot of competition in retail, so you will have to keep up with changes and adapt to what it is that your customers want in order to stay relevant. 

More and more retail is, in some way, connected to an online presence. At the bare minimum you will need a website so that people will be able to find you.

If you are interested in using your online presence to push your sales and increase your customer base, then you will need to be able to integrate your online and brick and mortar identity so that customers have a seamless experience when they shop with you.

You also need to consider what your social media strategy will be.

These challenges are more important to business owners that are hoping to attract a younger customer base, but it can be worth thinking about for any business owner. 

Finding the right business to buy is important. You could find one that has already created a good online following leaving you with less to worry about, however, this might drive the price of the business up.

Have a clear idea of what you want and need and find a shop to buy that best resembles this.

Anthea Taylor

About the author

Anthea Taylor is Content Producer at Dynamis and writes for all titles in the Dynamis stable including, and as well as other industry publications.

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