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Old 09-20-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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I love the dream, too! The only problem is, it's pretty expensive to just go start your own business--it sometimes takes years to turn even a small profit. I'm sure there are some independently wealthy people in San Antonio, but they sure don't seem to be opening up trendy little shops out our way. Plus, the rents the landlords are asking are very high.


The last time I checked, most in this area was in the 2200+ range. Just for rent. Not electric, water, insurance, etc etc. No wonder we don't get anything original or "not mainstream" here.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:35 PM
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Yep, I was told that the little strip where Rome's Pizza is was right around 3K a month. You've gotta sell a lot of little knick-knacks to be able to pay those kinds of rents.
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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I hate to say it, but I think a lot of the city planners think of our area's population this way. I believe they think we are low class and will build things that cater to "lower class" citizens. Don't start putting me down here, I don't think this way. I'm just assuming that that's why we didn't get the ARMP stores and that they were built up the road. Why haven't we gotten that movie theater yet? Why are we only getting nail salons, check cash advance stores, and fast food places around us? I don't think the people who decide on these stores think that we would support anything but this. Am I wrong? That Madisons market is a unique looking strip mall, but there aren't very good stores going in there either. What can we do?
Agree. One problem is the over abundance of strip malls, especially on Potranco with two more almost finished. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there are 3 on the North side (including Madison's) and 7 on the South side (including HEB and Kohl's). IMO, these strip centers are there as "rent income collectors" and not to bring needed services. I'd rather see more restaurants (not fast food types, maybe cultural types). I wonder how many empty shops there will be there 10 years from now?
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Griesheim, Germany
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The house values out here aren't crazy high, but they are above average, so I don't know why we keep getting the garbage stores. How many people here use a check cashing place? The only ones I could think of would be construction workers that may have issues with normal banks..
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:50 PM
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Location: Georgia
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I looked up our zip code, but didn't learn a whole bunch that would scream "These people need a payday loan!!!"
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So I looked up the payday loan business and came across this site. How to Start a Payday Loan Business, Start a Cash Advance Company

I haven't looked up the facts, but I'm guessing that our property values are slightly less here than up around Blanco/1604 or the Rim, and perhaps our retail spaces are cheaper. So it's cheaper for start-up businesses to rent retail space down here. And with the promise of an 800% return...who wouldn't??? With the backing of larger known chains, the higher-end retail and food chains can gamble on more expensive locales and my guess is that the larger (nicer?) places don't rent spaces near payday loan shops, etc due to the perceived 'element' associated with them.
Retail developers don't want their spaces to go empty, so if someone wants to open a nail salon or whatever...they don't turn them away. There's not much in the way of "stock" so they are fast to open.

Of course, this is purely my opinion of what happens.

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Old 09-21-2008, 11:07 AM
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Since the Potranco/1604 location of Sips has closed, has anyone tried out the new place? I was just curious if the move was good for them.
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Since the Potranco/1604 location of Sips has closed, has anyone tried out the new place? I was just curious if the move was good for them.
I've been out to their restaurant once. Only once and I'll tell you why. The food was really good...same as always. Here's the problem, it's a pain in the tail to drive all the way out there for us! Then, once you are there, you have to talk to the security guy, then it's another 2 minute drive or so to get back there, park, go into the place. As a matter of fact, I wanted to eat there the other day when my hubby was home for lunch, but we both didn't want to hassle around with it. I don't think it was a good move for them, if they wanted to serve the public...not just the people who work out there. That's my honest opinion though. The other thing, I think their prices are a bit high for what you get. Of course, it's really good food and I'd pay a little more for good food. I still think even for really great food, prices might be a little steep. Anyway, I still like it, just wish they would have stayed commited to this area. Hope this helps ya!
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:38 AM
 
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You don't have to talk to the security guy. We never have. We're out there 1-2 times a week! We don't go as often as we did when they were closer.

And they had to move, they were having problems with their last landlord - this place opened it's doors for them, so as far as that goes, they have a good stream of customers. They miss the old location too, but that's the way business goes sometimes...

Potranco/211 will be bustling soon, and they'll have more customers. But as fellow business owners, we understand that you gotta do what you gotta do to keep your business going!
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:57 AM
 
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Well, gw, you prolly don't hafta talk to the security guy cause he already knows you!! When I went out there, he stopped me, wanted to know my name and where I was going. Even started to ask for my drivers license.

I do understand that it was a business decision for them that was necessary and I'm sure it's turning out to be a good one for them. But honestly, I also agree with mojo ~ it is NOT a convenient/neighborhood place anymore. I can drive downtown in the same amount of time. Just a bummer that their previous landlord jacked them around so much.
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