How to Start a Concession Stand

a concession stand near a fair.

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Steps To Starting A Concession Stand
Points to Consider
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Starting a concession stand can be an exciting venture with plenty of opportunities. This overview will cover various examples, giving you a glimpse of what to expect. We will also touch upon important issues to consider before diving into the concession stand business.

Additionally, we will provide valuable resources and information to assist you during the startup phase and when your business is up and running. Let’s get started with the steps!

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Steps to Starting a Concession Stand

1. Gaining An Overview

a.) Is Starting a Business the Right Step for You?

Having your own concession stand can be an exciting business opportunity. You get to be in charge, make decisions, and potentially earn a good income. However, it’s important to consider if it’s the right fit for you and if you have valid reasons for starting this business.

I recommend checking out my article below to help you make an informed decision and identify important factors. It will provide you with valuable insights and guidance before you move forward with starting your concession stand.

See Considerations Before You Start Your Business to identify key points for a new business owner.

b.) A Quick Overview of Owning a Concession Stand

Running a concession stand involves various responsibilities and can present unique challenges. As a concession stand owner, you’ll be in charge of preparing and serving food or beverages to customers.

This includes managing inventory, ensuring food safety, handling transactions, and maintaining cleanliness. You’ll need to provide excellent customer service and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Challenges may arise from fluctuating customer demand, competition, and managing costs effectively.

Concession stand setups, including food trucks, kiosks, carts, or stands in stadiums, fairs, or malls, can vary.

Each setup has its own business model, such as offering a specific cuisine, targeting a niche market, or partnering with event organizers. The key is to find a setup and business model that aligns with your goals and customer preferences.

Pros of Running a Concession Stand:

  1. Flexibility in choosing locations and events.
  2. Potential for high foot traffic and customer demand.
  3. Lower startup costs compared to a traditional restaurant.
  4. Ability to offer unique and specialized food options.
  5. Opportunities for creativity and innovation in menu offerings.
  6. Potential for quick turnaround and higher profit margins.

Cons of Running a Concession Stand:

  1. Seasonal or event-based nature of business may lead to inconsistent income.
  2. Long and irregular working hours, especially during peak periods.
  3. Intense competition from other concession stands and food vendors.
  4. Limited space and resources may impact menu variety and storage capabilities.
  5. Need for mobility and transportation for certain concession stand setups.
  6. Continuous effort required for attracting and retaining customers.

2. Research

Concession Stand Research

Before starting a concession stand, gathering valuable information and making informed decisions are crucial. Conduct thorough research to gain insights into this business and determine if it fits you.

Talking to experienced individuals already in the industry can provide reliable and priceless information. They have the expertise to guide you. In my article, I share ideas on how to find the right people to talk to and approach them. Take the time to read the article from the link below to understand what you’re getting into before launching your concession stand.

See An Inside Look Into the Business You Want To Start for all the details.

Target Audience

Understanding your target market is essential for a successful concession stand business. It involves gaining insights into the preferences, needs, and behaviors of your potential customers. Understanding your target market allows you to tailor your offerings to meet their demands and improve your advertising and sales strategies.

Potential people interested in your concession stand offerings:

  • Event attendees (such as sports games, concerts, and fairs)
  • Office workers in nearby buildings
  • Tourists and visitors in popular areas
  • Families and children in recreational parks or attractions
  • Students in schools or universities
  • Health-conscious individuals seeking healthy food options

You can enhance your advertising and sales by understanding your customers better. For more detailed information, refer to my article How To Understand Your Target Market.

3. Looking at Financials:

Startup Cost:

To ensure a successful launch, you must accurately estimate startup costs. This is crucial for the process to go smoothly from the planning phase until you open. Underestimating the costs could lead to running out of money and prevent you from opening your business. On the other hand, overestimating can make it challenging to secure the necessary funding, as your venture may appear risky to lenders.

Start by listing everything you need and gathering pricing information.

As you progress, you may encounter other considerations you hadn’t initially thought of, and you can update your list accordingly. Factors like the size of your operation, hiring employees, and location choice will impact your costs.

For instance, opening a business in a big city will differ from operating in a small town. Another factor to consider is whether you’ll purchase new or used equipment.

For more detailed information, refer to my article on Estimating Startup Costs.

Sales and Profit:

It’s important to understand that your sales depend on various factors.

These include the popularity of your products and services, effective marketing to reach the right audience, and the profit you make from each sale. You need to generate enough sales to cover all your bills and have additional profit left over.

To summarize, you must aim for sufficient sales with a substantial profit margin per sale. This will enable you to exceed your monthly expenses and have enough funds for your living costs.

For More, See Estimating Profitability and Revenue

For ideas and insights on what to expect, refer to the lists below. These can serve as a starting point for your research and provide valuable information for your concession stand venture.

Sample Lists

Part 1: Estimated costs for a new concession stand

  1. Concession Stand/Trailer Purchase – $30,000
  2. Cooking Equipment (grills, ovens, deep fryers) – $15,000
  3. Refrigeration Equipment (freezers, coolers) – $10,000
  4. Point of Sale (POS) System – $1,000
  5. Initial Inventory (food, drink, paper goods) – $5,000
  6. Concession Stand Signage – $2,500
  7. Permits & Licenses – $500
  8. Insurance – $1,500
  9. Initial Advertising – $1,000
  10. Uniforms for Employees – $500
  11. Initial Maintenance Supplies – $500
  12. Miscellaneous (unanticipated expenses) – $5,000

Grand Total: $72,500

Part 2: Estimated monthly expenses for a concession stand

  1. Inventory Restocking – $3,000
  2. Rent or Mortgage (if applicable) – $1,000
  3. Utilities (gas, electric, water, garbage) – $500
  4. Point of Sale (POS) System Subscription – $50
  5. Insurance – $125
  6. Salaries and Wages – $4,000
  7. Payroll Taxes – $600
  8. Advertising – $200
  9. Maintenance & Repairs – $300
  10. Professional Fees (accountant, lawyer) – $200
  11. Miscellaneous – $500

Grand Total: $10,475

Part 3: Revenue and Profit Projection for a concession stand

Let’s assume this concession stand is operating 25 days a month.

  1. Daily Revenue:
    • Assume an average of 100 customers a day
    • Assume average spend per customer: $10
    • Daily Revenue = 100 customers * $10/customer = $1,000
  2. Monthly Revenue:
    • Monthly Revenue = 25 days * $1,000/day = $25,000

Monthly Gross Profit Calculation:

  • Gross Profit = Monthly Revenue – Monthly Expenses
  • Gross Profit = $25,000 – $10,475 = $14,525

Yearly Gross Profit Calculation:

  • Yearly Gross Profit = Monthly Gross Profit * 12
  • Yearly Gross Profit = $14,525 * 12 = $174,300

These are hypothetical numbers, and actual numbers can vary based on location, size of the stand, items sold, price point, foot traffic, seasonality, local competition, and more.

It’s also important to note that these are gross profit numbers and do not consider other costs like taxes and loan repayments, if applicable.

You would need to subtract any additional costs to get the net profit.

4. Choosing The Right Business Location

When it comes to running a concession stand, picking the right place to set it up can make all the difference.

If you choose a location where nobody wants what you’re selling, your business will fail even before you start.

On the other hand, if you open your stand in an area with too many competitors, it will be hard to make enough sales.

Ideally, you want a place where people want what you’re offering, and there’s a reasonable amount of competition.

Another important thing to consider is affordability. Operating in a crowded area can give you more visibility, but you need to ensure the extra cost won’t affect your profits.

The same goes for the opposite scenario. You might find a super cheap location, but will enough demand keep your business afloat?

Picking the right location is crucial for your concession stand’s success. Take the time to research and ensure you’re making the best choice.

For more about business locations, see Choosing The Best Location for Your Business.

5. Choose a Business Name

A catchy and fitting name for your concession stand is important. You want a name that is easy to say and remember. Once you choose a name, it’s likely to stay with your business for a long time.

So, take your time to find one that suits your company and makes you happy now and in the future.

Don’t forget to check if your online presence’s corresponding domain name is available and ensure that another business doesn’t already register the name you want.

Here are some name ideas to help spark your creativity for your concession stand.

Remember, these are just suggestions, and the goal is to inspire you to come up with your own unique and available name:

  1. Tasty Bites Concessions
  2. Snack Shack Delights
  3. Flavor Fiesta
  4. Yum Yum Express
  5. Treats on Wheels
  6. Munchies Galore
  7. Crave Corner
  8. Snack Haven
  9. Flavorful Fantasies
  10. Grub Hub Concessions
  11. Crispy Cravings
  12. Delightful Morsels
  13. Savory Sensations
  14. Bite-sized Bliss
  15. Tasty Trail Treats
  16. Snack Attack Central
  17. Flavor Fusion Fun
  18. Munchie Mania
  19. Snack Oasis
  20. Delectable Delights

Use these suggestions as a starting point to come up with your own original name that is unique, available for registration, and not used by any other business.

Get creative and ensure your chosen name represents your concession stand’s offerings and appeals to your target customers.

For this important step, see How to Choose a Business Name.

6. Register Your Company

  1. The Importance of Registering Your Concession Stand:

Registering your concession stand is of utmost importance for several reasons. It not only legitimizes your business but also ensures compliance with local regulations and establishes credibility with customers.

By registering your concession stand, you gain legal recognition as a legitimate business entity, which can enhance your reputation and build trust among potential customers.

Registering also enables you to access various benefits and protections provided by the government and other organizations.

Considerations for Registering a Concession Stand:

Before registering your concession stand, there are a few important considerations to remember.

First, research your locality’s specific requirements and regulations to understand the registration process and any associated fees.

You may need to decide on the legal structure of your business, such as sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company (LLC), based on your circumstances and future plans.

It’s also essential to choose a unique and appropriate business name and ensure its availability for registration.

Additionally, you might need to obtain certain permits and licenses, which vary depending on your location and the type of food or beverages you plan to sell.

Permits and Licenses to Consider for a Concession Stand:

  • Business License: A general license to operate a business in your locality.
  • Health Department Permit: Required to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations regarding food handling and preparation.
  • Food Handler’s Permit: A certification indicating that you and your staff have undergone proper food safety training.
  • Seller’s Permit: Also known as a sales tax permit, it allows you to collect sales tax on the items you sell.
  • Fire Department Permit: May be necessary to ensure compliance with fire safety codes.
  • Signage Permit: If you plan to display signage for your concession stand, you might need a permit for that as well.

Remember, the specific permits and licenses required may vary based on location, so it’s important to research and consult with local authorities to ensure you meet all the requirements.

See, How to Register your Business for more.

7. Create Your Corporate ID

A visual identity, also known as a brand identity, is a design that represents your concession stand.

Having a strong visual identity is crucial because you want to make a great first impression!

You’ll want a consistent and professional design that impresses both new and loyal customers.

A Corporate ID includes of various components such as your logo, business cards, website, stationary, business sign, promotional items, etc.

See A Complete Introduction to Corporate Identity Packages for more.

8. Writing a Business Plan

A business plan is a vital document for your concession stand. It serves multiple purposes, like securing funding and attracting investors.

It’s also your roadmap for both the startup phase and the ongoing operation of your business.

Creating a business plan requires time and effort because you envision how your concession stand will operate. Expressing all the important details takes careful thought and consideration.

Although it can be a challenging task, the effort is worthwhile. Once your business plan is complete, you’ll clearly understand what you need to get started and have a solid vision of running your concession stand successfully.

Remember, there are different options for creating your business plan. You can start from scratch, hire a professional, use a template, or utilize specialized software.

Regardless of your chosen option, it’s crucial to actively participate in the process. If you hire a professional, make sure to provide input to ensure your business plan reflects the unique nature of your concession stand.

Remember that your business plan can evolve and improve as you gain experience.

It’s a good practice to review and make necessary changes periodically.

Through reviews, you may discover opportunities to optimize your operations and make adjustments to drive your concession stand’s success.

A Sample Business Plan for A Concession Stand 

1. Executive Summary

Name: Quick Bites Concession Stand

Quick Bites aims to provide fast, quality, and appetizing food options to locals and tourists in the vibrant park district of the city. With our focus on fresh ingredients, delicious menu options, and speedy service, we aim to become a local favorite.

2. Company Description

Quick Bites is a new business venture aiming to tap into the bustling park district of our city. We aim to offer a variety of foods that cater to diverse taste buds, including classics like hot dogs, burgers, soft pretzels, popcorn, and more exotic offerings.

3. Market Analysis

Market Trends:

The concession stand industry is steadily growing, with a focus on healthier, fresher ingredients. With the increase in outdoor activities, there’s also an increased demand for quick and convenient food options.

Target Audience:

Our target market includes local residents, tourists, park visitors, and attendees of nearby events.

Competitor Analysis:

Our main competitors are other food vendors within the park district. However, Quick Bites aims to differentiate itself by offering a wide variety of food options, focusing on quality ingredients, and providing exceptional service.

4. Business Structure

Quick Bites will start as a small business with a team of four employees: a manager (owner-operator), two full-time employees, and one part-time employee for busy days and events. The owner-operator will handle the administrative duties, purchases, and planning, while the employees will focus on food preparation and customer service.

5. Product Line and Services

Quick Bites will offer a variety of classic concession foods like hot dogs, burgers, fries, nachos, and soft pretzels. We’ll also introduce rotating specials featuring locally sourced ingredients. We will also serve a variety of beverages including sodas, coffee, and fresh fruit juices.

6. Marketing and Sales Strategy

We plan to use social media and local advertisements to attract customers, as well as partnering with local events for additional exposure. Customer retention will be achieved through excellent customer service, a loyalty program, and consistent, high-quality food.

7. Financial Projections

Initial start-up costs are estimated at $72,500. Our monthly expenses are projected to be around $10,475. We anticipate that we’ll serve about 100 customers a day, each spending an average of $10, leading to a monthly revenue of about $25,000. This would give us a gross profit of $14,525 monthly or $174,300 annually.

8. Funding Request

We are seeking a loan of $72,500 to cover the initial setup costs. The loan will be repaid over five years from the profits of the business.

9. Exit Strategy

Should the business need to close, assets such as cooking equipment, refrigeration equipment, and the concession stand itself can be sold to recover funds. Alternatively, the business could potentially be sold as a going concern.

This business plan is a roadmap for Quick Bites’ success, providing a delicious and convenient food option for the bustling park district—our commitment to quality food and excellent service positions us well in the growing concession industry.

For information on creating your business plan, see, How to Write a Business Plan.

9. Set up Your Banking

When it comes to managing your finances for your concession stand, there are a few things to consider.

First, choosing a nearby bank that specifically serves business owners is a good idea. A business account allows you to separate your business expenses from your personal spending.

Separation makes it easier to track your expenses and provides evidence in case of a tax audit.

Building a professional relationship with your banker is also beneficial. They can provide assistance and advice if you need funding for your concession stand, and they can help speed up loan processes.

Additionally, you should consider applying for a merchant account to accept credit and debit cards from your customers.

A positive relationship with your banker can help simplify this process and make it more efficient.

For more, see, How to Open a Business Bank Account. You may also want to look at, What Is a Merchant Account and How to Get One.

10. Getting the Funds for Your Operation

Getting funding for your concession stand is a crucial step in starting and operating your business. There are various options available to secure the funds you need.

  1. Traditional Lenders: Banks and credit unions offer business loans specifically designed for entrepreneurs like you. They typically require a solid credit history, collateral, and a detailed business plan.
  2. Private Loans: You can explore loans from private lenders or online platforms that specialize in small business financing. These lenders may have different eligibility criteria and may be more flexible than traditional lenders.
  3. Investors: Another option is seeking investment from individuals or venture capital firms who are interested in supporting promising businesses. This may involve giving up some ownership or sharing profits, but it can provide significant capital and expertise.
  4. Selling Assets: If you have valuable assets that are not essential for your concession stand, you can consider selling them to generate funds.
  5. Using Collateral: Offering collateral, such as personal or business assets, can increase your chances of securing a loan and potentially improve the terms.

When meeting with a loan officer, consider the following:

  • Have a clear and detailed business plan.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concession stand industry and your target market.
  • Present financial projections and cash flow estimates.
  • Prepare a list of necessary documents, including:
    • Business plan
    • Financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement)
    • Personal and business tax returns
    • Bank statements
    • Collateral documentation (if applicable)

Remember, each funding option has its requirements and considerations, so research and evaluate which option best aligns with your needs and goals.

See, Getting a Small Business Loan for more.

11. Software Setup

Regarding software for your concession stand, there are a few important considerations to remember.

  1. Research: Take the time to research different software options. Starting with a program from scratch is easier than switching to a new system after your data is already in another program.
  2. Demo and Reviews: Look for software providers that offer a demo or trial version. This allows you to test the software and see if it meets your needs. Additionally, check reviews and forums to see what other users have experienced with the software. Their feedback can give you valuable insights.
  3. Expense Tracking and Taxes: Research software options for tracking expenses and preparing financial documents for tax filing. It’s helpful to consult with your bookkeeper or accountant to ensure you choose the right accounting software for your concession stand’s specific requirements.

Here are some software options to consider for your concession stand:

  1. Point of Sale (POS) Systems: These software solutions help manage sales, inventory, and customer transactions.
  2. Inventory Management Software: Helps track and manage inventory levels, ensuring you have the right products available.
  3. Accounting Software: Simplifies financial record-keeping, expense tracking, and generating financial reports.
  4. Online Ordering and Delivery Platforms: If you offer online ordering or delivery services, explore software that facilitates these operations.
  5. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software: Helps manage customer interactions, loyalty programs, and marketing campaigns.

Remember to evaluate each software option based on its features, ease of use, compatibility with your hardware, and cost.

Choose the software that best aligns with your concession stand’s needs and will help streamline your operations.

Check out Google’s Latest Search Results for Software Packages for a concession stand.

12. Get The Right Business Insurance

Regarding insurance for your concession stand, there are several important concerns to address.

Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

Comprehensive Coverage:

Seek insurance that provides comprehensive coverage for various aspects, such as protection for customers, employees, yourself, anyone on the premises, and your property.

This ensures that you are adequately protected in case of any incidents or accidents.

Professional Liability Insurance:

Consider obtaining professional liability insurance to safeguard yourself against potential lawsuits related to your services or products.

This coverage can offer protection if someone claims that your concession stand caused them harm or financial loss.

Home-Based Business:

If you plan to run your concession stand from your home, inform your home insurance agent.

Operating a business from your home may affect your existing home insurance policy, and it’s important to address this to avoid any coverage gaps or policy nullification.

Competent Insurance Broker:

Work with a knowledgeable and competent insurance broker who specializes in business insurance.

They can guide you through the process, help you understand your coverage needs, and ensure you have sufficient insurance coverage tailored to your concession stand’s specific risks and requirements.

Insurance is essential to protecting your concession stand and mitigating potential risks.

Take the time to evaluate your insurance options, consult with experts, and select a policy that provides the right level of coverage for your business.

For more, see What to Know About Business Insurance.

You can also browse the latest Google Search Results for Concession Stand Business Insurance.

13. Physical Setup

Creating an organized and appealing layout is important when setting up your concession stand. A well-organized space not only looks professional but also helps you work efficiently.

Arrange your products to make it easy for customers to find what they want. Highlight popular items in prominent areas to boost sales.

Installing a business sign is essential to attract customers. Additionally, make sure to put up other necessary signs, such as those for doors, waiting areas, and parking, to provide clear directions and information.

Since you’ll be spending significant time in your office managing your business, it’s crucial to keep it organized. A tidy and well-equipped office helps increase productivity.

Ensure you have the necessary tools and supplies to manage your concession stand effectively.

Remember, an organized and visually appealing setup inside and outside your concession stand creates a positive impression and enhances your operations.

Take the time to carefully plan and arrange your space to create a welcoming and efficient environment for both you and your customers.

See, Here are Considerations for The Setup of Your Office, for tips and ideas to make your office work for you. Also, have a look at our article About Company Signs.

14. Creating a Website

Having a website for your concession stand offers several benefits.

First, it allows you to establish an online presence, reaching a wider audience and attracting potential customers.

A website serves as a virtual storefront, showcasing your offerings and providing important information. Customers can easily find your location, operating hours, menu options, and contact details.

Additionally, a website can enhance your credibility, provide a platform for online ordering or reservations, and facilitate communication with your customers, ultimately boosting your business’s visibility and success.

For more, see How to Build a Website for Your Business.

15. Create an External Support Team

Having an external support team for your concession stand means having a reliable group of professionals to turn to for advice and services.

Unlike employees, these individuals are not on your payroll, and you engage their services on an as-needed basis through contracts or hourly rates.

While having all these professionals in place before you start is unnecessary, it’s important to work on building professional relationships over time.

As you establish a strong team, they can assist you whenever you need them.

Your support team may include an accountant, a lawyer, a financial advisor, a marketing specialist, technical advisors, or consultants, depending on the specific needs of your concession stand.

A trusted team of experts can provide valuable guidance and expertise in various business areas, helping you make informed decisions and navigate challenges more effectively.

For more, see, Building a Team of Professional Advisors for Your Business.

16. Hiring Employees

When starting your concession stand, you might consider operating it independently without hiring employees. This can be a good idea initially since payroll expenses can be significant, especially in the beginning.

However, as your business grows, managing and operating it on your own may become challenging. At that point, hiring employees can greatly improve productivity, provided you find the right people for the job.

The following are job positions or outsourced services you may want to consider as your concession stand grows and becomes successful:

  1. Cashier: Handling transactions and providing customer service at the point of sale.
  2. Cook or Food Preparer: Responsible for preparing and cooking the food items offered by your concession stand.
  3. Server or Attendant: Serving customers, delivering orders, and maintaining cleanliness at the dining area or food counter.
  4. Inventory Manager: Managing inventory levels, ordering supplies, and ensuring proper stock rotation.
  5. Marketing Specialist: Developing marketing strategies, promoting your concession stand, and managing online presence.
  6. Maintenance or Cleaning Crew: Keeping the concession stand clean, organized, and in good working condition.
  7. Bookkeeper or Accountant: Managing financial records, tracking expenses, and ensuring compliance with tax requirements.

Remember, this list may vary based on your specific concession stand setup and needs.

As your business becomes more successful, evaluating the tasks needed and considering hiring or outsourcing for those positions can help streamline operations and contribute to your concession stand’s growth.

For more, see, How and When to Hire a New Employee.


Points To Consider

Getting Customers Through The Door

For your concession stand to be successful, you need customers. Attracting customers can be challenging initially because your business is new, and not many people know it.

However, as time passes and people start to enjoy what you offer, it will become easier to attract customers. You will also gain more experience in marketing your concession stand.

In the meantime, I recommend reading the following article that provides ideas on bringing customers to your new concession stand.

It can give you helpful suggestions to get people through the door and increase awareness of your business.

See our article How To Get Customers Through the Door; you’ll find a few ideas you can use.

Marketing Ideas

Marketing your concession stand is an ongoing effort that can help boost your revenue.

You don’t need an expensive marketing agency to promote your business. Instead, think of it as spreading awareness about your concession stand, which you can do whenever an opportunity arises.

Here are some simple and effective marketing techniques to consider:

  1. Social Media: Utilize platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and X to share updates, mouthwatering photos of your offerings, and engage with potential customers.
  2. Word-of-Mouth: Encourage satisfied customers to spread the word about your delicious food and great service. Positive recommendations can go a long way in attracting new customers.
  3. Flyers and Posters: Design eye-catching flyers or posters and distribute them in local community centers, bulletin boards, or partner with nearby businesses to display them.
  4. Special Offers or Discounts: Introduce promotional deals or discounts to entice customers to try your concession stand. This can attract attention and generate new business.
  5. Local Events and Sponsorships: Participate in local events or sponsor community activities to increase your visibility and build connections within the community.

Remember, marketing doesn’t have to be complicated or costly.

By being proactive and creative, you can effectively market your concession stand, increase awareness, and attract more customers to enjoy your delicious offerings.

See our marketing section for articles that will provide ideas to bring awareness to your concession stand.

Skill Set:

It’s important to assess your skill set and determine if you have the necessary abilities to run a concession stand successfully.

If you lack a crucial skill, you can learn it or hire someone with expertise in that area. Here are essential skills for a concession stand owner:

  1. Customer Service: Providing friendly and efficient service to satisfy customers.
  2. Food Preparation: Skills in preparing and cooking food items offered by the concession stand.
  3. Organization: Ability to manage inventory, schedules, and keep the stand well-organized.
  4. Financial Management: Knowledge of basic accounting and budgeting to handle finances.
  5. Marketing and Promotion: Skills in attracting customers and promoting the concession stand.
  6. Adaptability: Being flexible and able to handle unexpected situations or changing demands.
  7. Problem Solving: Ability to address issues or challenges that may arise during operations.
  8. Time Management: Efficiently managing tasks and meeting deadlines.
  9. Communication: Clear communication with customers, employees, and suppliers.
  10. Leadership: Capability to lead and motivate a team if you have employees.

Remember, while having these skills is beneficial, if you lack any, you can acquire them through learning or by hiring individuals with expertise in those areas.

Hours of Operation:

When determining the hours of operation for a concession stand, consider the following options:

  1. Regular Business Hours: Operating during typical business hours, such as 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
  2. Extended Hours: Offering longer operating hours, such as 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM, to cater to early morning or late-night customers.
  3. Weekends Only: Operating exclusively on weekends, targeting customers seeking leisure or event-related food options.
  4. Event-Based Hours: Adjusting operating hours based on specific events or occasions, such as sporting events, concerts, or festivals.
  5. Seasonal Hours: Adapting operating hours according to seasonal demand, like longer hours during summer months or reduced hours in the off-season.
  6. Customized Hours: Tailoring operating hours to suit the target audience and their preferences, based on market research or customer feedback.

Remember to consider factors such as location, target market, competition, and potential demand when deciding on the hours of operation for your concession stand.

It’s important to strike a balance that maximizes customer reach while ensuring operational efficiency and profitability.


A List of Equipment You May Need for a Concession Stand:

  1. Food Preparation Equipment:
    • Griddle or grill
    • Deep fryer
    • Hot plate or burner
    • Microwave oven
    • Toaster or toaster oven
    • Food processor or blender
    • Commercial mixer
    • Cutting boards and knives
    • Utensils and cooking tools
  2. Refrigeration and Storage:
    • Refrigerator or reach-in cooler
    • Freezer or chest freezer
    • Prep tables with refrigerated compartments
    • Shelving units for storage
    • Food containers and storage bins
    • Ice machine or ice bin
  3. Display and Serving Equipment:
    • Food warmers or heat lamps
    • Countertop display cases
    • Beverage dispensers
    • Concession stand carts or mobile kiosks
    • Cash register or point-of-sale system
    • Menu boards or signage
    • Napkin dispensers and condiment holders
  4. Cleaning and Sanitation:
    • Sink or washbasin
    • Dishwashing equipment (sink, dishwasher, or three-compartment sink)
    • Cleaning supplies (sanitizers, detergents, and brushes)
    • Trash cans and recycling bins
  5. Miscellaneous:
    • Fire extinguisher
    • First aid kit
    • Disposable serving utensils and plates
    • Food storage bags and wraps
    • Paper towels and cleaning cloths
    • Protective gloves and hairnets

Remember, the specific equipment needed for your concession stand may vary based on the type of food you offer and your operational requirements.

It’s important to assess your menu and operational needs to determine the appropriate equipment for your concession stand.



In this section, you will find helpful resources for your concession stand while it’s up and running.

These resources can provide valuable insights into the industry and offer tips for enhancing your business.

Utilizing these resources, you can better understand the concession stand industry and discover strategies to improve and grow your business.

Industry Trends and Statistics

Looking at industry trends and statistics for your concession stand offers several benefits.

It helps you stay informed about market demands, identify potential growth opportunities, make informed business decisions, and stay competitive.

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The Future of the Concession Stand Industry

Researching the industry’s future can provide valuable insights for someone looking to start a concession stand.

It helps you anticipate upcoming trends, adapt your business strategy accordingly, and position yourself for success in a changing market landscape.

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Concession Stand Buyers Guides

Researching concession stand prices and consulting buyer’s guides offers several benefits when purchasing the right concession stand for your business.

It helps you understand the market value, compare options, and decide based on your needs and budget.

This research ensures you invest in a suitable concession stand that aligns with your business requirements, maximizing your chances of success.

When purchasing a new or used concession stand, consider the following factors:

1. Condition: Carefully assess the overall condition of the trailer, both interior and exterior.

Look for signs of wear and tear, structural integrity, and any necessary repairs or maintenance.

2. Size and Layout: Determine the size and layout of the trailer that suits your specific needs and operational requirements.

Consider factors such as available space, storage capacity, and the layout’s functionality for food preparation and customer service.

3. Equipment and Features: Evaluate the equipment and features included with the trailer. Ensure that it has the necessary appliances, such as grills, fryers, refrigerators, sinks, and serving counters.

Consider additional features like ventilation systems, electrical wiring, and plumbing fixtures.

4. Compliance and Permits: Verify that the concession stand trailer meets the required safety and health regulations for operating a food business.

Check if it has the necessary permits and certifications to ensure legal compliance.

5. Mobility and Transportation: If mobility is important to your business, consider the trailer’s weight, towing capacity, and compatibility with your towing vehicle.

Assess any requirements for permits or licenses for moving the trailer between locations.

6. Cost and Budget: Determine your budget for purchasing the concession stand trailer, considering the initial cost and any potential expenses for modifications or upgrades. Compare prices from different sellers or dealers to ensure you get a fair deal.

7. Seller Reputation and Support: Research the seller’s or dealer’s reputation and credibility from whom you plan to purchase the trailer.

Read reviews, seek recommendations, and inquire about after-sales support or warranty options.

8. Inspection and Documentation: Before finalizing the purchase, thoroughly inspect the trailer in person. Check the ownership and registration documents, service records, and any warranties provided.

Consider having a professional inspector evaluate the trailer’s condition, especially for used trailers.

9. Customization and Branding: Assess the trailer’s flexibility for customization and branding options. Determine if it can be modified to reflect your desired aesthetic or branding elements.

10. Future Growth and Expansion: Consider the potential for future growth and expansion of your business.

Ensure that the trailer’s size and features can accommodate any anticipated changes or additions to your menu or operations.

By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision when purchasing a concession stand trailer, whether new or used, that aligns with your business goals and requirements.

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Concession Stands for Sale

When considering buying an existing concession stand that’s already in operation, there are advantages and disadvantages to consider.

The Benefits of purchasing an established concession stand instead of starting from scratch include:

  1. Immediate Revenue: You start earning income from the day you take over the business.
  2. Skip the Startup Phase: You bypass the challenges and uncertainties of starting a new business.
  3. Proven Success: You know that the business model works and has generated revenue, profit, and expense data.
  4. Existing Customer Base: You already have a built-in customer base, saving time and effort in attracting new customers.
  5. Established Reputation: The business has already built a reputation in the market.

However, there are also disadvantages to buying an existing concession stand:

  1. Higher Cost: The price is usually higher due to the added value of the established customer base and reputation.
  2. Potential Customer Loss: If you make significant changes to the business that differs from the previous operations, it could lead to customer dissatisfaction and potential loss.
  3. Inherited Reputation: When you purchase a business, you also inherit its reputation, including positive and negative aspects.

It’s important to carefully weigh these pros and cons before deciding whether to buy an existing concession stand or start a new one from scratch.

Consider your goals, resources, and the specific circumstances of the concession stand you’re considering to make the best decision for your business venture.

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Concession Stand Franchise Opportunities

Buying a franchise for your concession stand has advantages and disadvantages, but it’s worth exploring before starting from scratch.


  1. Proven Business Model: Just follow the plan provided by the franchise’s corporate office.
  2. Established Reputation and Marketing: Benefit from the franchise’s existing brand recognition and marketing efforts.
  3. Knowledge Beforehand: You gain comprehensive information about the business before getting started.
  4. Corporate Support: Receive support and guidance from the franchise’s corporate office.


  1. Cost: Purchasing a franchise can be expensive.
  2. Limited Changes: Major changes require approval from the franchise’s corporate office.
  3. Product and Service Restrictions: You must only offer approved products and services.
  4. Operational Restrictions: Your business operations must align with the terms outlined in the franchise agreement.
  5. Ongoing Franchise Fees: Regular fees must be paid to the franchise for ongoing support and brand usage.

Before making a decision, carefully weigh these pros and cons.

Evaluate your budget, goals, and willingness to adhere to franchise guidelines to determine if buying a franchise is the right choice for your concession stand business.

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Knowledge Is Power if You Use It!

You can discover a wealth of information about the concession stand industry online.

Explore the links in the following sections to access valuable resources to assist you during your research, startup phase, and when your business is up and running.

These resources offer valuable insights and guidance to support your concession stand journey.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of a concession stand owner provides tips and insights from industry professionals, offering a helpful overview of what to expect in the business.

It offers valuable guidance for those looking to understand the daily experiences and responsibilities of running a concession stand.

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Concession Stand Owners Interviews

Interviews with business owners in the concession stand industry offer valuable information and insights.

Spending time on this section can provide different perspectives and better understand the industry, helping you prepare and know what to expect.

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Publications are a valuable resource for staying up-to-date with the latest information about concession stands.

They offer a great way to access relevant and timely insights, trends, and tips to help you stay informed and make informed decisions for your business.

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Visiting concession stand forums allows one to engage in hot-topic discussions and connect with others in the industry.

Participating in these forums helps you build relationships and gain insights from fellow concession stand professionals.

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Courses related to concession stands offer a valuable opportunity to learn, enhance your skills, and stay updated with industry trends.

Courses allow you to expand your knowledge, improve your expertise, and ensure you are well-equipped to succeed in the concession stand business.

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Subscribing to concession stand blogs is a great way to gain ideas and stay updated with the industry.

Subscribing to various blogs, you can curate a valuable collection of sources that provide a stream of information you can use.

Regularly evaluate and unsubscribe from blogs that are not updated or lack value to maintain a relevant and useful resource.

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Books are a valuable source of information that can assist you in starting a concession stand.

Exploring relevant books provides additional insights and knowledge to support your venture in the industry.

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The news is a reliable source for staying updated on the concession stand industry.

Setting up alerts ensures you receive notifications whenever new developments are covered by the media, keeping you well-informed.

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Videos about the concession stand industry provide valuable tips and insights.

Additionally, watching related videos suggested by YouTube can introduce new topics and perspectives that you may not have considered before, expanding your knowledge and understanding.

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