=But on top of that you will have to sign a contract – that means even if it is unprofitable you will be stuck with the rent until the contract is up=
That’s called a "lease" and is common to almost every business that’s indoors. If it’s a decent sized mall, you should do well, especially putting in all those hours.[;)]
I agree with the good strip mall idea. I found one with 2 large thrift stores in it and they were right next to each other. One was a Goodwill and the other was a Value City. The traffic was phenominal, but trying to get hold of the manager of the strip mall was almost impossible. He wouldn’t return phone calls or e-mails. You have to be persistent and keep on them and probably just pop in at their office and sell the idea. I didn’t and went to a brick & mortar instead, but I know that place would have been a gold mine.