Be Aware of Market Trends When Looking at Convenience Stores for Sale

Feb 10, 2011

Trends in retailing are in a constant state of flux, but nowhere are these changes more evident than with convenient stores for sale.  Catering to the younger generation of customers between the ages of 16 and 30 years old can be very tricky for traditional retailers, and this audience is most certainly a “moving target”.  But the “millennial” generation is also the largest audience for convenience stores.

Convenience store businesses can be very lucrative, especially if they are in the right location.  That’s why it is so important to conduct exhaustive research before buying one. 

If you are seriously considering a new business, and looking at convenience stores for sale, then it helps to know how the social media generation communicates.  Competing with local stores may require the uses of mobile messaging or social media marketing to create a “persona” for the business.

When you deal with a business broker, you may have access to a number of larger convenience stores for sale, but often the best deals are found in an online FSBO directory.  These online resources give you direct access to the business owners themselves, without the need for an intermediary or business broker. 

If you ask the right questions, you may gather enough information to do some research on your own. 

For example, with convenience stores that sell gasoline, it is very important to learn about the owner’s reputation with fuel companies and local inspectors.  If the underground tanks are unsafe, then you could be stuck paying thousands of dollars in repairs. 

Learn as much as you can about traffic patterns in the area.  Speak with local residents and county administrators about any proposed changes or road construction that might impact accessibility to the store. 

The best source for finding convenience stores for sale is an online FSBO business directory called