How to rent a Specialty Coffee shop in Hong Kong? Building a Specialty Coffee shop from Scratch isn’t easy. It’s even Harder with no Established Brand or Investor Backing. Here is the Guide to make your First Specialty Coffee Shop come true by 7 Steps.
How do you rent a specialty specialty coffee shop in Hong Kong?
You might plan to set up a specialty coffee shop, but building a specialty coffee shop from scratch isn’t easy. It’s even harder when you don’t have an established brand or investor backup.
Lacrucci will guide you through 7 steps before renting a specialty coffee shop in Hong Kong. Check it out!
Speciality Coffee Shops – Success Stories in HK
In Hong Kong, it’s easy to find several specialty coffee shops around your working place. Small and individual speciality coffee shops have popped up like mushrooms after rain in recent years.
Some of those individual specialty coffee shops have started from scratch in Hong Kong and expanded quickly.
To name a few success stories:
- The Cupping Room: The Cupping Room started as the first coffee shop at Stanley in 2011. The shop was moved to Sheung Wan. Then 2 more shops were opened in Central and Wan Chai. Cupping Room also provides coffee consultancy and barista’s training.
- Elephant Grounds: Elephant Grounds started from a coffee counter inside a retail shop in Central (Gough Street) in 2013. Expansion was quick into several districts in Hong Kong Island and New Territories.
- NOC Coffee Co.: NOC started its first specialty coffee shop in Central (Graham Street) in 2011. 4 outlets are set up so far, 2 in Central, and 1 in Sai Ying Pun. There’s also another one in Wan Chai.
How to Rent a Specialty Coffee Shop in HK – 7 Steps
Your passion or knowhow on coffee is not sufficient to make your coffee shop work. You will be faced with a lot of challenges, unless you know how to start up your first coffee shop in a prudent way.
Here below are 7 steps to consider before renting your first specialty coffee shop:
(1) Start your own market research: Research the selection of shop location and types of coffees to sell.
(3) Go for traffic location: traffic location does not mean that the shop is located at a busy street. It can be a back lane but close to office crowds. It could be a residential area with coffee lovers.
(4) Share a shop space: If you have complementary coffee concept which can work in a retail shop, it can be a safe stepping stone for your first speciality coffee shop. Elephant Grounds is an example.
(5) Try a pop-up store: Test the market feedback before renting a shop space for at least 2 t0 3 years fixed.
(6) Check the shop provision: Water is a must-provision for a coffee shop. Before renting a shop, it’s highly recommended to check whether there is a water inlet.
(7) Check the licensing requirement: Apart from coffee, will you sell with sandwiches or other types of food? Consult a professional licensing consultant for the best type of licence which you should go for.
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