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Convenience Stores in America- Part 2

Building Your Own Convenience Store Business Part 1 in this series covered the basic statistics on convenience stores in the U.S. Now let’s look at getting started in this lucrative industry. Franchise or Do-It-Yourself? There are two basic ways to get started in the convenience store business: 1) independently, or 2) with a franchise. Both privately owned stores and franchised stores take a large initial outlay of capital. Franchises simplify marketing and set up. They offer a ready-made system of… Read More

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Convenience Stores in America- Part 1

The 24-Hour Moneymaking Machines The frantic pace of modern living requires time-saving shortcuts like instant oatmeal, fast food restaurants, movies-on-demand— and convenience stores. Convenience stores cater to the harried rush of the American lifestyle. They cash in on our need for speed. As we hurry to work or play, we run by the closest 24-hour convenience store to fill our cars— and ourselves— on high-octane fuel and snacks. Convenience stores truly are major time savers. Studies show the average dash… Read More

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Mini-Warehouse Expansion- Part 3

New Ideas to Raise Revenues for a Self-Storage Operation Part 2 of this series on mini-warehouse expansion covered several traditional ways of expanding a self-storage business. However, you might consider other trends for your market, too. Self-Storage Retail Store Adding a retail store to a mini-storage business expands profits. Customers appreciate the convenience of buying supplies and/or renting moving equipment on site. For example, everyone needs locks for their units. Why send business to the local hardware store when you… Read More

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Self-Storage: Cashing-in on Our Love of Stuff

The Race for Space in Our Homes and Businesses Like any other successful U.S. business, the self-storage industry began as a solution to a need: SPACE. Americans are perpetual collectors. We buy stuff, collect stuff, inherit stuff, create stuff, receive gifts of stuff— and we store stuff. The stronger the economy rises, the greater our addiction to stuff. Most U.S. homes contain about 300,000 individual items. Is it any wonder that one in ten Americans rent storage space? Forward thinking… Read More

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Comparing Asphalt and Steel Roofing

Types of Roofing: TYPES OF ROOFING: THE PROS AND CONS OF THE TWO MAJOR ROOFING SYSTEMS Constructing a new commercial or industrial building usually means choosing between asphalt and steel roofing on wood framing or metal building. Let’s examine the strength and weaknesses of both systems. Up-front Cost vs. Long-Term Cost The greatest selling point for traditional asphalt shingles is that they are less expensive than steel roofing. They are also used exclusively on wood-framed structures. Many residential production builders… Read More

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Americans at Play in Recreational Buildings

Cashing in on America’s Leisure Time Activities When Mother Nature turns nasty, Americans turn to indoor activities in recreational buildings. Did you know the rocking chair is an American invention? Even at rest, Americans feel the need to move. Consequently, we spend much of our leisure hours in active pursuits like sports or games. Recent statistics show 96% of Americans engage in some sort of recreational activity every day. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an… Read More

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Building Green Healthcare Facilities

Choosing Eco-Friendly Materials for Medical Buildings There are two compelling reasons to build green healthcare facilities: saving our planet and saving money. Choosing sustainable, recycled structural materials for any new construction project conserves resources and promotes cleaner air quality. Building green is the responsible choice. Altruistic conservation ideals aside, building green healthcare facilities is also the practical choice. Green buildings last longer, consume less energy, and cost less to operate. Saving RESOURCES by Building Green with Steel The U.S. Green Building… Read More

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Metal Buildings for Karate Schools and Dance Studios

Teaching People to Kick Up Their Heels in Steel Buildings Pre-engineered steel buildings prove an excellent investment for karate schools and dance studios. Metal prefab studio kits offer the unfettered spaciousness critical to the free motions of martial arts and performance arts training. Four Reasons Karate Schools and Dance Studio Owners Choose Steel Buildings Every successful commercial enterprise demands cost-conscious locations to do business. Steel buildings provide martial arts dojos and schools of dance with features that meet their unique… Read More

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Building an Auto Repair Shop with a Steel Building

Fire Safety: One Reason Most Garages are Built with Steel One of the best reasons to choose a pre-engineered steel building for an auto garage is the fire resistance of steel. Auto repair shops, tire shops, truck servicing business, and the like are very dangerous places for fires. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) collected fire data for retail operations for five years.  During that time, 6,360 structural fires were reported.  Automotive sales and service and gas stations accounted for 2,290… Read More

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RHINO Metal Buildings for the Auto Repair Industry

Building Efficient Garages with Pre-engineered Steel Buildings In the automotive repair business, providing service technicians with a roomy, well-lit, comfortable workplace is essential to productivity.  It also helps reduce turnover of trained personnel.  Pre-engineered metal buildings excel in creating a cost-effective structure for a cost-efficient business. Auto Repair Shops Save Money with Energy-Conscious Metal Buildings Rigid-frame red-iron columns and roof rafters create deep cavities.  Deeper cavities allow room for extra-thick insulation. In a particularly mild-weather location, where only the office… Read More

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