Top tips for buying a delicatessen
Location is key. Ideally it should be an affluent area whose residents have high disposable incomes. Avoid seasonal locations. Locating near other specialist food businesses can be an advantage.
A high turnover is essential, because the profit margins on individual items are not huge. Consider increasing turnover through gift items, pre-prepared food, outside catering or an in-house café.
Strike up a good relationship with your customers as soon as possible, asking the previous owners to introduce you if possible.
Supermarkets are catching up and now stock a wide range of deli products. Look for nearby competition and stay a step ahead by stocking different products.
An online presence is the ideal way to market the produce and provide details about the shop. An e-commerce site could also help you reach customers outside your local area.