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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:24 am 
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agreed food and drink are the biggest regular profit margin if you can get people in the door, they also tend to stay in the shop longer looking at bikes if they have a cuppa joe in their hand

it's a good idea to make it more of a social thing rather than just a purchase so more feel at ease whilst they spend their money

ever wondered why supermarkets put the necessities like milk and bread at the back of the store?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:51 am 
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I put a TV up for the Tour De France final stages last year, it was brilliant had over 25 people in and the atmosphere was great, sold a few things too.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:56 am 
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its good fro cycling as its a great modern way of promoting it, unfortunately a part of me misses proper bike shops, with big shelves loaded with stuff to drool and hunt for. for me, skateboard shops did this a few years ago now, there used to be a skate shop in plymouth id go to, scared shitless everytime i went in but they had everything and knew everything.....now its spotty teens with no idea selling t shirts from little glass cupboards!!!!, very little board stocks etc and r&b playing in the background! wtf! lol

i do like a good old bike shop :)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:11 am 
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I also miss Raleighs made from melted down anvils, rationing and rickets. Sometimes progress can actually be for the better.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:49 am 
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My missus and myself are trying to get a shop going and its next to a cafe...

I think I will put my foot down and restart it as a bike shop.

It will be a bit more oily than a cafe culture trendy bar though.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:12 am 
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We don't have any of these trendy bike shops around these parts. Just bike shops. But if I want coffee/cakes, I pop in here.

Domestique Cafe Cyclo Sportif


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:31 pm 
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
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Chopper1192 wrote:
I also miss Raleighs made from melted down anvils, rationing and rickets. Sometimes progress can actually be for the better.



but poor service generally cant be progress, just look at lots of halfords etc lol


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:11 pm 
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Because the real service has largely deserted one brand and moved back towards the independents doesn't mean its not there.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:36 pm 
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A coffee shop that can fix bikes, whilst they wait for there pride and joy to have a spoke replaced they are a captive market for a well placed chocolate cake !


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:42 pm 
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how about this a tricycle coffee shop, The bike is one of my old ones, nice bloke too http://www.beanbug.co.uk/


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