Taking the plunge and opening a kitchen showroom

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Liam-a, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Beyond

    Beyond UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Posted: Feb 14, 2019 By: Beyond Member since: Jun 6, 2018
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  2. GraemeL

    GraemeL Pain in the neck? Full Member - Verified Business

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    Yes that's them. I have fitted a kitchen bought from them and its terrific quality with a huge number of options.
    They have various delivery options as well, which matters when assembled carcasses are involved
     
    Posted: Feb 14, 2019 By: GraemeL Member since: Sep 7, 2011
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  3. Dizzybee

    Dizzybee UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Liam I just wondered how u r doing
    I'm opening a bathroom showroom soon and wondered if you have any tips for me. Thanks x
     
    Posted: Apr 13, 2019 By: Dizzybee Member since: Feb 21, 2019
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  4. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Bathroom and kitchen showrooms around me are either up for sale or closing be very careful and do your research but a 2k a week you will be closed within a year, unless you have deep pockets
     
    Posted: Apr 13, 2019 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  5. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Dizzy what are your fixed costs a month? One in a town near me is doing 250-300k a year and losing money it was up for sale. I did look at buying it as would have tied in with another business well. How big is space you are looking to rent?
    Have you any experience in this field?
     
    Posted: Apr 13, 2019 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  6. Dizzybee

    Dizzybee UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Hi stedurnham I used to work in a kitchen showroom so have some ideal. My partner is a fitter and fits mainly bathrooms and tiling. He has a tram of 7 fitters so we will provide an in house fitting service and this will provide extra revenue. My showroom is 1000 as ft. My rent us £180 per week Inc all bills and maintenance.

    I'm expecting to sell 4 - 5 bathrooms a week to start off with at a minimum of £5k .
     
    Posted: Apr 13, 2019 By: Dizzybee Member since: Feb 21, 2019
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  7. Dizzybee

    Dizzybee UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Yes I've revised my figures as my projections were too low.
     
    Posted: Apr 13, 2019 By: Dizzybee Member since: Feb 21, 2019
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  8. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi mark out 1000sq ft by time you put an office in have some storage for suites coming in, Stock of basic items used. I don't think this will be big enough to showcase your products might be wrong.
    If hes got team of 7 fitting teams you have enough work as he is, do you need extra stress and staff to cover a shop 6 days a week? Most have a large tile displace, lvt area, electrical just spot lights etc, cladding options then the actual bathroom seems small to me
     
    Posted: Apr 13, 2019 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  9. Stedurham

    Stedurham UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Bills additional, you will need a card machine, phone line, internet, heating etc. Sounds like you have the experience and definitely got the fitting teams covered, this is hardest part. Just be careful on location, that's the biggest issue
     
    Posted: Apr 13, 2019 By: Stedurham Member since: May 11, 2018
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  10. Dory

    Dory UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Since adding bathrooms into our range they have really gone well - we don't compete with the sheds or online places - we do mid-market but fully designed, fitted, project managed which is what our customers want - as above stick to brands that will support you - we don't have a large showroom area - just a wetroom, family bathroom, modern bathroom, some furniture etc. - offer a complete package with lighting, accessories etc to bump up the order value - be aware of all the rules employing/sub-contracting staff
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: Dory Member since: May 19, 2017
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  11. Dizzybee

    Dizzybee UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Dory thank so much for your input. Finally.. a positive response from someone who is in the business. Please.pm me i'd love to get your valuable input and advice x
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: Dizzybee Member since: Feb 21, 2019
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  12. Dizzybee

    Dizzybee UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Thanks stedurnham. I really appreciaye all yoir posts you have been very helpful !
     
    Posted: Apr 16, 2019 By: Dizzybee Member since: Feb 21, 2019
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  13. Redd

    Redd UKBF Regular Full Member

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    All the best Liam. Is there a shopping centre you can use rather than a showroom? Pay 4-5k on a decent stand with lots of interactive stuff and samples/brochures etc. Huge footfall.

    Other than that then leaflets and Facebook will be the easiest and cheapest way to get in to it.

    LinkedIn has also got to be a great shout. Contacting builders etc

    Good luck
     
    Posted: Apr 17, 2019 By: Redd Member since: May 4, 2013
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