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Old 08-21-2008, 01:43 AM
 
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How do businesses in rural areas stay in business?

in particular, I am talking about food service business. Will word spread quickly, or will there not be a big enough customer base? thats the big problem. you just dont know.
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:52 AM
 
Location: the hills of TN!
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my experience is that if you offer good food at a good price with decent service, and don't let your quality slide, you will do fine. also, that if you use that prepared frozen stuff, canned veg, and price too high for what you're serving, you will fail.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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You have to keep your expenses low and treat people right, that's expected in small town areas.
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Old 08-21-2008, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Cheap, Good and Fair - Pick two.
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:02 PM
 
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you still need a big enough customer base to bring in the income.

Also, many small towns have senior centers that serves daily noon meals. (that is great, but siphons away some customers)

I would really do a lot of research before opening a restaurant / cafe in a small town.

There is a reason many are sitting empty and some were quite good.

The high price of gas hurts your customer base if you are trying to attract customers from further away, also.
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Old 09-03-2008, 01:49 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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If you know what you're doing and put a good meal on the plate, it doesn't matter how small the town. Word of mouth is the best advertisement you can have. People will come from other towns if the food is good for a good price. Plus in some towns, big or little, you'll have quite a few who will eat with you more than at home!
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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See who is the competition. There may not be room in a small town for 5-6 meal places.
See what the competition offers. There may not be room in a small town for 4 pizza places.
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