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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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Mini-Warehouse Expansion- Part 2

Ways to Increase Profits for a Self-Storage Facility Part 1 of this series on mini-warehouse expansion covered the things to consider before committing to enlarging your self-storage operation. Now let’s look at some of the ways to accomplish your expansion. Self-Storage Curb Appeal In real estate, curb appeal is second only to location in importance. In any retail operation— including self-storage businesses— appearances do matter. An attractive, upscale facility invites customers in. If it appears you take care of the… 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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Building a Green Granny Pad

A Parent Pad that Saves Money— and Natural Resources Create a cozy, convenient, eco-friendly dwelling for an aging parent by building a green granny pad. Most people construct these compact backyard bungalows for seniors as a secondary dwelling on an adult child’s property. However, some families build a more manageable, downsized home for mom or dad on the parent’s property. Then the adult child and family move into the parent’s existing home. Choosing to “double up” households on one property… Read More

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Maximizing Air Quality in an Elder Cottage

The Inside Story on Building Healthy Homes for Seniors Building a safe, healthy elder cottage for an aging senior includes restricting indoor air pollutants. In fact, any new construction project should strive to create the cleanest inside air possible. The average adult breathes in about 3,000 gallons of air every day. The more polluted the air— and the longer the exposure— the greater the risk of health consequences. Studies show Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. Elderly people—… Read More

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A Senior-Safe In-Law Apartment- Part 2

37 Tips for Designing the Perfect “Granny Flat” Part 1 of this series on building an in-law apartment in your own backyard covered the first 21 tips for a seniors-friendly home. Here are the remaining 16 tips for planning and building a safe granny pad. In-Law Apartment Design Checklist continues… TIP 22: Choose slip-resistant flooring materials, with non-glare surfaces. Carpet should be firm. Install low, dense padding for floor surfaces. TIP 23: Install overhead kitchen cabinets about 3” lower than typical.… Read More

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A Senior-Safe In-Law Apartment- Part 1

37 Tips for Designing the Perfect “Granny Flat” When constructing a backyard “in-law apartment” for an aging parent, planning is paramount. Just throwing up a small house on your property will not get the job done. Even mature adults who are physically active today may require safety adjustments to their home in the future. Incorporating senior-friendly features into the building now can save expensive remodeling later. In-Law Apartment Design Checklist TIP 1: This warning cannot be overemphasized: DO YOUR HOMEWORK.… Read More

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Baby Boomers Drive Need for Medical Buildings- Part 2

The Advantages of Building Healthcare Facilities with Steel As the multitudes of baby boomers march relentlessly toward 65, the need for more medical buildings increases, year by year. In 1950, 12.3 MILLION people in the U.S. were 65 or older In 2000, the number of senior Americans swelled to 25.0 MILLION. By 2030, after the last of the baby boomers hits 65, the senior ranks will swell to 72.1 MILLION. By 2050, the number of Americans 65 or older is… Read More

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