John: welcome to RF, there are or were a couple of vendors here from Tulsa. I’m from Tulsa but now, am stuck here in sunny FL. joy, joy. I have heard mixed reactions here on how cart friendly Tulsa is. I would guess it is like most other places , depends on your HD rep. The commissary rule is a state rule, don’t see any way to avoid it.
You say the location is downtown, is that near the Williams center or down toward the church. Just curious.
Before you jump in make sure there are no upcoming changes in regulations that will change the game. This businesses just like any other, 99% location, location , location. good luck.
I ask this full knowing that you only get out of something what you put into it.. LOL Here is the story:
My name is John, I live in Tulsa, OK. A friend of mine called to borrow some money. He operates his own business, it is really slow and show no signs of turning around anytime soon. I loaned him the money he needed to survive for now, with collateral and contract in tow. LOL He was talking to me about putting a hot dog, or Sabrett, cart outside his store front. He met a gentleman that owns a cart and has been very successful with his cart in our small downtown area. This gentleman can no longer be outside in the sun due to a skin affliction. He agreed to sell his cart for 250/ month for 6 months and help him get started. My friend does not have the money for this venture, so I asked to meet this guy and maybe a deal could be struck.
This guy is the ONLY vendor in town. He has a following. The local newspaper interviewed him and the advertising obviously didn’t cost him anything. The folks around town miss him. This is an opportunity. When I met this man he was so excited, but had changed his mind about selling to my friend. This guy went from a, “ho-hum” attitude to an attitude of, “I JUST WON THE LOTTERY!”, as he started talking about his Sabrett cart. That kind of enthusiasm intrigues me. I am a very outgoing peson. I like people, and I love interacting wit people.
So now that this deal has went south, my friend has lost interest. I just can’t let this go. The stage is set in my opinion. This guy was boasting 200 to 500 a day in gross sales from 11 to 2. REALLY!? WOW. Is it really that fun and pleasureable? This sounds WAY too good to be true! So here I am looking for a folks with true honest real world experiences and support. Should I or shouldn’t I? I do have the finances to get started. I have checked with the Health Dept locally. The only thing I can see that might be an issue is the commisssary. I am going to check and see if that is a county thing only. It may just be Tusa, County and not the other county.
Anyway, sorry for being so long winded. Just starting to do the resarch and due diligence. Hope to hear from the seasoned folks on here.
No he is keeping it and moving to Ponca City, OK. A couple of hours away. He was set up in downtown Bartlesville. Not in downtown Tulsa. I am going to have time to check things out tomorrow. I had to work today. But I am still going to venture in this direction cautiously. But any input will be greatly appreciated. This guy never really did want to sell his Sabrett cart, he just needed the money at the time. He can’t be outside in the sun due to his skin affliction. He is going to have his wife operate it when they get settled in Ponca City. I will try my best to keep updates coming. I am going to search out a commissary in Oklahoma right now.
ps thanks so much for the replies folks.
Well umA how is this business?
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