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Opening New Jobber Store - Looking for Ideas

#1
After 12 1/2 years as a mobile SPI jobber, I am opening a brick and mortar location.

If you could design your own jobber store, what would you want it to do, sell, etc.?

Or want it NOT to do?
 

EddieF

Top Banana
#2
Congrats.

1st thing comes to mind is razor blades. Simple as it sounds, i bought a pack at local, made in usa, i was thrilled.
Edges dug in primer of hood i was razoring clear/base off of with ease with what i had.
Test what you sell. I tried taking edges off with no luck. Tossed em.
Get a reputation for selling just the good stuff. I'll never buy them there again.
 
#3
I would want it to have people experienced in what they are selling, first hand experience. Every salesman I talk too I can smell their inexperienced B.S. reciting what the rep told them to say or they read in a sales flyer. Don't talk down a product unless you know first hand. As you can tell I dislike B.S. I hear it everyday as do alot of customers that will come in.

I would like to see a better selection of compounds and glazes with cleaning supplies like assorted micro fiber towels, car washes and clay bars. Also buffing pads both foam and wool 2", 2" thick wool does make a differance it is the only wool I will use (Schlegel 2"), metal measuring sticks like the ones from PPG are also very handy far better then the plastic measuring cups.
 
#4
Good Luck pretty much what DATEC said. Informed counter people. My jobber has 4 locations and the home store has a open house every year with factory reps , sales promotions and good food. What line of other paint ( s ) will you carry?
 
#5
I have thought about starting later in the morning and staying open in the evening, maybe 10am to 7pm, in order to accommodate DIY business.
I also plan on a daily delivery in the early afternoon.
Do you think this would work for the shops?
 

elwood

Registered Users
#8
One jobber I knew of that painted on the side would test spray guns and pass the results on to prospective buyers. Sold quite a few that way.
 
#9
Congrats.

1st thing comes to mind is razor blades. Simple as it sounds, i bought a pack at local, made in usa, i was thrilled.
Edges dug in primer of hood i was razoring clear/base off of with ease with what i had.
Test what you sell. I tried taking edges off with no luck. Tossed em.
Get a reputation for selling just the good stuff. I'll never buy them there again.
Thanks Eddie!
 
#10
I was going to have a grand opening once the store is set up. It will probably be a BBQ.

Would a Friday or Saturday be better?

Would a small give away like t shirts or a drawing for something bigger like a spray gun be better?

Any other suggestions?
 
#11
I was going to have a grand opening once the store is set up. It will probably be a BBQ.

Would a Friday or Saturday be better?

Would a small give away like t shirts or a drawing for something bigger like a spray gun be better?

Any other suggestions?
Maybe do both so no one feels left out, more money but might as well go big. Once in a lifetime opportunity I guess.
 
#12
Sometimes the little things go a long way in gaining a solid customer base; selling incidental items, longer hours, off-hours deliveries, personal contact, etc. I wish you luck.
 
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