Opening a food stall space at an existing market gets your product out in front of a public audience. Food stalls allow the proprietor to interact with individual customers on a personal level. A food stall is a low overhead option to grow a small food business into a catering service or stand-alone restaurant. Samples and signage can help to attract prospective customers to a food stall. Start spreading the message of your food by opening a stall inside a market.
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Things you need
Write out a basic business plan for the food stall that includes every ingredient you will need to make the item or items you intend to serve, the employee structure and how you plan to operate the small food business in the stall. See the link in Resources for a tips and guides on writing a business plan.
Approach the operators of any existing food stalls in the market and ask to speak to the owner or manager. Explain to this person that you are interested in leasing a space in the market to open a food stall.
Ask the owner or manager about their lease arrangement and who you should speak with about getting a space of your own.
Speak with the market manager that you were referred to and ask them about the availability of a stall and a breakdown of the rates. Often their are a limited number of food stall spaces and they may be in different sizes.
Answer any questions the market manager has about the food you plan to serve, the employees that will be staffing the stall and the cooking methods they will be using. Indoor market managers will want to make sure that you are not making the shopping areas smoky.
Walk to the possible spaces in the market with the manager and check thoroughly to make sure they will meet all the needs of the food stall.
Start paperwork right away to get a lease or get on the waiting list for one if you are satisfied with what the market manager has to offer.
Tips and warnings
- Contact local government and health department officials to make sure you have all necessary licenses and permits to operate a food stall before serving a single customer. Laws are different in every state but commonly include inspections by fire and food safety officials.
- Visit the link in Resources for a state by state guide through all the necessary licenses for the food stall.
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