It still sounds so strange to say out loud.
I'm sure I've said before, it's not exactly what I always envisioned myself doing. But the more I learn about myself, the more I realize this venture is a great playground for many aspects of my personality. And despite how unreal this all seems, it is definitely real.
This month was crazy hectic with 3 different family visits, holidays, extra-curricular activities, big changes at my other full-time job AND working for a friend's business, my non-profit board responsibilities, hunting season, and so on. Regardless, many important Ridge Run details got nailed down and I'm feeling it come together. I can easily see us opening sooner than I expected.
I have our inventory and vendors figured out! (for now). This is THE most important detail of the store. We aren't as big as chain grocers, so we can't meet minimum requirements for many retail suppliers.
But being small is our key to success. Since our customer is shopping for one or two last-minute items, we don't need the costly overhead of a traditional storefront. We can focus on offering quality food at competitive prices.
Most people are aware they will pay more for convenience, but I want to offer our customers quality and pricing that resembles their grocery store more than their gas station. I did a LOT of shopping around for different wholesalers and subjobbers (one of many new terms I know now) to guarantee the best prices on the items we need.
Everyone continues to be surprising helpful. The card processing folks, the food and beverage vendors, the people designing my sign, the employees at the Health Department and the Department of Revenue, my friends, my contractor, my accountant, and strangers reaching out to offer support.
Sometimes it's hard to see the forest through the trees, especially when there are so many... trees, but I can see it! Like any other big project, once you jump in and get working, things just... come together and turn into a grocery store.