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Hi. I am new here and trying to get some advice on opening an antique/collectible mall. I am not new to the business or to retail. I have owned and operated a small "from scratch" cafe, and (2) antique/collectible shops in my hometown.
My husband and I just closed our store at the end of the year. We had decided to get out of the business all together. But, after selling the remainder of our inventory and cleaning out the building, I am seeing a great opportunity to start with a clean palette in a new way.
Our town has been known for it's antique shops for the past 25 years. We have lost a few and gained some along the way. Our shop was totally our stuff. And with the economy the way it is and my husband losing his job a few years ago, it has been tough putting anything new into the business. We have a nice mall up the street from us and I have heard through the grapevine that there are people interested in renting the building we have rented for the past 11 years to add another mall and that there is a waiting list for spaces to rent.
We already have a clientele built up over the years. And we all know that the more antique shops/malls you have in one town helps everybody.
Just looking for some input. Or should we get out while we have the chance?