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Posted on July 20, 2010 in News, Polls
We did drinks, so this week we’re hitting snacks. There’s a lot of variety out there, so drop a comment to specify what your favorites are. The poll covers the broad categories.
Total Voters: 32
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I think this is good information for any game store, though your situation is less general. You’ve got Sake Cafe, Chili’s, and Houston’s all in the same lot covering many different kinds of foods, plus Marble Slab there for dessert. And Corky’s is walking distance. I don’t think you’d be offering anything unique in the hot/cold prepared food or prepared dessert categories. Your best bet, I’d think, is to offer choices that are small, simple and inexpensive. Some people might rather have a cookie or small package of crackers than drop $5 on something extravagant at Marble Slab. There’s no convenience stores within walking distance of the store that I can think of, so think “convenience store” when considering what your best offerings might be.
Of course, personally I’d prefer healthier stuff like fruit, baked (as opposed to fried) snacks, jerky, etc. I’m not much for the traditional stuff like nachos or candy. I do realize I’m in the minority of gamers though.
I agree with John! I prefer fruit or healthy options, but I also would like to get a bag of chips or nachos or a hot pocket. I think you should go with simple, cheap, and easy. You should also consider selling things that playing groups can share like big bags of tortilla chips and queso, popcorn, and other similar snacks.
Hadn’t thought of the group-sized portions. That’s a great idea!
Just get a basic, run-of-the-mill snack-filled vending machine.
Chips, candy bars, crackers, gum.
If I really want something to eat I’ll go somewhere with a kitchen, e.g. all the places you just named. Otherwise, Snickers or Doritos will be fine. I guarantee you this will cover >= 95% of your snack-buying customers.
Don’t do the microwave thing; you have to clean it, the smell of hot food will fill your store, and you will have to keep a freezer to store Hot Pockets or whatever other crap people want to eat. They take up space, are expensive, and have a significant impact on your power bill. Also, hot foods are usually messier, and a truly shocking and discouraging number of people don’t use napkins. If someone gets grease on my Player’s Handbook, I’m gonna be pissed. If someone gets grease on your inventory and you don’t notice it until it’s too late to make the customer buy the product he/she ruined, you’ll probably be pretty pissed, too.
We can probably avoid very saucy or drip-prone foods. Grease and the like will be nearly impossible to avoid with chips alone, unfortunately, but maybe we can minimize the damage.
I agree with just a snack machine. Being right there on vets there are way too many options for dinner.
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