Hi Tel, best of luck with your venture
On a general note
I've seeked out advice regarding what people want from a shop
Whilst this is fine you must have a very clear focus on what you want to offer...where are you pitching your offering, to what market? You can not be wooly and try to be all things to all people.
Negotiate the Lease very hard and get the best possible deal.
Rent free for six months, half rent for the next six months etc
Make very sure you know what your responsabilities are regarding the maintainence/repairing of the property. Take pictures
Ask yourself how long you want the lease for...three year with a break at two etc?
You will need a solicitor to tie up all the legals, factor about £800-£1000 to cover legal fees, searches etc
Get your utilities sorted from day one. You will get a zillion phones calls re gas and electricity when you take a new lease on. Get the best deal you can and tell the rest to sling it, do not engage in a conversation, you will waste so much time talking to call centres
Get the best deal you can for your PDQ/credit card machine and order it at least one month before you intend to open the store
Obviously do not forget your public liability insurance. If you intend to listen to the radio/play music in an area where more than one person can hear it, you will need a PPL licence
A few little things that you probably know already...and best of luck
For ever changing my mind and my cars