Choosing the Right Coffee Shop Location

December 27, 2011
For lease sign illustrates choosing the right coffee shop location

Retail space is available for leaseWhat’s the most crucial decision you’ll make when opening a coffee shop? Choosing the right location.

Over the past 30 years, the Crimson Cup team has helped hundreds of people achieve their dream of owning a coffee shop. We’ve seen numerous coffee shops open up in a variety of settings across the country. Here are a few factors to consider in choosing a successful coffee shop location.

1. Visibility – How visible is your coffeehouse? Are you buried in a strip mall or pushed back from the road? If you choose to open a coffee shop in a location that’s not very visible, how will you overcome this challenge?

2. Easy in & out access – The majority of customers stop by in the morning, and many of these people will be on the way to work. Make sure there is an easy and efficient way for these customers to enter and exit your coffee house.

3. Neighborhood – Know your neighbors. Do people in your target market live or work nearby? Will they pass your location on the way to work? Is there strong pedestrian traffic in the area during your chosen business hours?

4. Cost – Can you afford the space? If the rent in a particular location is expensive, the cost can be justified only if projected sales will more than cover the expense.

Even if you think you’ve found a great space to open a coffee shop, it’s important to do your research. For more information on choosing the right coffee shop location, check out the second edition of Seven Steps to Success in the Specialty Coffee Industry. Written by Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert, this common-sense guide teaches everything you need to know about running a coffee shop while maximizing your profitability and peace of mind.

4 responses to “Choosing the Right Coffee Shop Location”

  1. Hi;

    I just found out about your coffee and I would like to try it out. Do you have any coffee shops selling CrimsonCup coffee near San Jose, California?


    P.S. I am interested in opening my own coffee shop one day.

  2. I live in a moble home park 55+–I have a building I own, and thinking about a small
    take out coffee and pastry shop. I am on the main drag in the park– the owner said to
    go ahead– what are some advice I can use.
    Thank you

  3. What is the typical square footage of the Coffee Shop? Is there a floor plan you can share with me? I am working with an individual who is interested in opening a Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea in Elkhart, IN. I am a real estate broker and trying to put some figures together for him and the Landlord. Respectfully, Therese Geise, Bradley Company.


    I am in the very early (infancy) of living my dream as a coffee house operator. I as so excited but realize that, on the surface, things may seem easier than reality presents. Do you have any articles you could point me to that illustrates considerations? I want my place to be unique in look and feel in addition to providing the best product possible.

    Thanks in advance for your assistance!


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