Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Posted September 14, 2011 Share Posted September 14, 2011 I live in North Carolina, a 'total control' state. Currently all distribution and retail is controlled by the state. There's a law being driven by a distiller in Asheville (Troy and Sons) that would allow bottle sales and samples in the storefront. It will be voted on again in the spring. It's hard to say what it's chances are before the election this fall. I'm at the point where I've begun looking at various facilities, and I'm somewhat caught in the middle between a "prime" location downtown, which is pretty reasonably priced. It's close to bars and restaurants, farmer's market, etc. I've also seen several places in industrial areas (also really ghetto areas) which are rock-bottom-cheap. The difference in price ends up being about $10k a year in rent. How important are store-front bottle sales and samples to most start-ups? My instincts tell me they are *everything* and the swanky place downtown is likely worth the extra investment for brand exposure, community involvement, etc, etc. My next plan is to get some more concrete data about how much foot traffic I could expect, demographics for the neighborhood and so on. In the mean time I'd be curious what everyone's thoughts or experiences were. Thanks! Thanks! Rim Vilgalys Brothers Vilgalys Spirits http://www.facebook....VilgalysSpirits Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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