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How to Start a Grocery Store Business - Small Grocery Store Business Plan PDF

Are you considering starting a Grocery Store Business and are in need of a Grocery Store Business Plan? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.

This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.

Don’t Start a New Grocery Store Business Unless You Watch This Video First!

Checklist for Starting a Business: Essential Ingredients for Success

If you are thinking about going into business, it is imperative that you watch this video first! it will take you by the hand and walk you through each and every phase of starting a business. It features all the essential aspects you must consider BEFORE you start a business. This will allow you to predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas. Ignore it at your own peril!

Here’s a Valuable Free Gift for You
This is a high quality, full blown business plan template complete with detailed instructions and all related spreadsheets. You can download it to your PC and easily prepare a professional business plan for your business.
Click Here! To get your free business plan template

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success

The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.

Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...

According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.

This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.

Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.

"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"

That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate it. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?

[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]

Hi! My name is Meir. I'm the founder and president of, a successful Internet based information business. I'm also the author of numerous books, mostly in the area of small business management.

I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a Grocery Store firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.

During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
You see, I have been there .... done it ... and bought the Small Business t-shirt! -- This free book contains techniques and strategies I've learned during my 31 year small business career.

Here's what you'll discover in the 'How to Start a Grocery Store Business' book:

How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.

A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business

A complete grocery business plan template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).

All this and much much more.

Success Tip: Setting Goals

Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.

Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.

Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.

Click here! to download your Grocery Store Business book for free (PDF version)

Management Skills Video: How to Become a Great Manager and Leader

Learn how to improve your leadership skills and become a better manager and leader. Here's how to be the boss people want to give 200 percent for. In the following video you'll discover 120 powerful tips and strategies to motivate and inspire your people to bring out the best in them.

For more insightful videos visit our Small Business and Management Skills YouTube Chanel.

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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for a Grocery Store Business plan:

COMPANY NAME is a small town supermarket located in Mountainair, New Mexico. 


Being a sole community provider, the market offers grocery products to the local community and surrounding area of approximately 4,000 citizens.  Often referenced as a pillar of the community, the community's viability is dependent upon the success of their local market.  Without a successful pillar, such as the market, the community would falter and gradually deteriorate.  It has been frequently referenced that a healthy community is dependent upon the success of its businesses.

The market is seeking grant funding to assist with greater development efforts and to provide opportunities for further growth.  The building was erected in the 1920's and has received limited upgrades to support the need for energy efficient building infrastructure and equipment.  This funding will provide the necessary first steps for improving and expanding the services and enhancing the markets continued success in the community. 

Prior to March 1, 2007, annual sales of the market topped $500,000 with net incomes of approximately $15,000.  With only minor enhancements to the market and the addition of product, annual sales have topped $1.1 million and net income has grown to over $60,000 annually.  The community has responded positively to minor changes to the market and continues to praise the owners for "saving their community." 

COMPANY NAME is anticipating the receipt of funding in the amount of $600,000 in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2010 to finance the upgrades and additions to the market.

1.1 Objectives

  • Expand building to increase product selection and services.
  • Replace existing equipment in facility to provide an energy efficient environment.   
  • Introduce deli/coffee shop by creating commercial kitchen, involving local patrons to prepare local favorites.
  • Restore building’s historical charm by providing necessary building upgrades.
  • Boost image and awareness by establishing baseline customer satisfaction of 100%.

1.2 Mission

COMPANY NAME is committed to satisfying customers by providing a broad selection of high quality and competitively priced products as well as exceptional customer service.  The focus of COMPANY NAME is to create an environment that is warm, friendly, and clean.  We are committed to our employees by treating them with respect, fairness and integrity and exposing them to an atmosphere that fosters teamwork and professional development. 

The suppliers of COMPANY NAME are also partners in the success of the company and we expect the same in return.  It is our responsibility to be active stewards in our communities and to promote local involvement. 

1.3 Keys to Success

  The keys to success for COMPANY NAME are:

  • Quality products and friendly service.
  • Maintaining existing loyal customer base.
  • Creating a positive relationship within the community.

2.0 Company Summary

The building that is currently home to COMPANY NAME was originally the local community bakery  The building was constructed in the 1920's and then transformed into the general mercantile store in the 1950's and continued as such until the 1980's.  Because of distributor requirements to order certain quantities, the store dropped non-food items and continued to sell only food items, health/beauty, and household goods. 
COMPANY NAME, originated on March 1, 2007.  The business partners structured the business into two corporations; COMPANY NAME is the grocery business and INSERT NAME purchased owns the building the COMPANY NAME leases for the business.  The lease is self renewing and is $1,710.00 monthly.  The building is approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of which approximately 5,500 sq. ft. is actual product display and the remainder is warehouse/storage.  Adjacent to the building is the store parking lot.  The grocery store provides a broad range of store brand and national products of general grocery items.  Because of the diverse population, the store also contains several gourmet and natural/organic products and produce. The owners of COMPANY NAME have partnered with local produce and meat farms to make local products available to the community.   All meat is cut locally and is sold fresh daily.  Several customers travel for miles to purchase the bologna and Longhorn Colby cheese as well as other meats and cheeses.  The customers have confirmed their loyalty to our market by stating, that they will not purchase meat form any other market.   

 2.1 Company Ownership

COMPANY NAME is a limited liability corporation owned and operated by INSERT NAME(s) each with a 50% share of ownership

2.2 Company History

COMPANY NAME was purchased by the current owners INSERT NAME(s) in March 2007.  The annual sales were approximately $500K with a net income of approximately $15K.  After installing new shelving, increasing product selection, and including bi-weekly sales, COMPANY NAME has more than doubled annual sales and has shown a net income of approximately $60K for the past two years. 

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3.0 Products and Services

COMPANY NAME is a small community grocery store that offers store brand and national brand products.  We offer a meat department where fresh cuts are available daily and there are no pre-package meats for sale.  The store offers home delivery for local residents that are unable to travel to the store for grocery items.  Because of the diversity of the community, gourmet specialty items and natural/organic food products are available.  Supporting "local" is a firm belief of the owners and therefore; have partnered with local farmers for produce and natural/grass fed beef and buffalo.  COMPANY NAME also serves its customers by special ordering items that are not available within the store or that cannot be found at a competitor location. 
COMPANY NAME list of services and customer conveniences include:

  • ATM services
  • Purified water treatment machine
  • The only automated lottery machine in the community
  • Central pick up location for United Parcel Services 
  • Copying and faxing machines

Once funds are received, the kitchen will be upgraded to a commercial facility.   The upgraded kitchen will allow for single serve prepared foods to be sold.  The residents of the community prepare dishes that everyone enjoys, so the owners of COMPANY NAME will request residents to prepare local favorites, such as breakfast burritos, green/red chili, tamales, pasole, etc. and sell in the market to the community.  A future endeavor of COMPANY NAME will be to construct a casual dining area indoors as well as a patio seating area for coffee/breakfast pastries, deli sandwiches and soup.  The owners are also interested in providing money grams, becoming a full service shipment center, partnering with local artists within the community to display mosaics on exterior store wall, and partnering with local groups to host a farmer's market in the parking lot during the peak growing season.

How to Make a Sales Pitch

1. Name of the company or product.

2. Name of the buyer.

3. Primary benefit that the buyer receives IF they buy the product.

4. Instructions on how to get that benefit (say yes).

5. Ask for the order.

6. Be/sound positive and excited about your product; have confidence in them.

7. Inform buyer where this product will better position them in the world.

8. Identify and fill at least one hole or need of the buyer.

9. Authenticity (be honest, clean-spoken and REAL vs just salesy)

10. Treat the buyer as if they ARE going to buy vs waiting for them to say yes.


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