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Old 02-21-2012, 07:03 PM
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So I'm thinking of buying commercial property in south beach, Miami. I'm thinking of opening up a water ice business. Up north In NJ,PA tri state area water ice is a big big business. Only problem is its seasonal up their. A place like south beach it could make a ton ton of money because it would be year around. What do you guys think of this? I have not seen anything like that down their, just ice cream.
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Are you talking snow cones? What is water ice? we eat yogurt down here.
Old 02-21-2012, 07:23 PM
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Here's an example
http://www.ritasice.com/
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I don't think there is anymore room at any of the intersections down here to sell at. Between the homeless hearald, water, flowers, oranges and camarones, space is tight and there is only so many intersections!
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Never heard it called water ice.
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It was always Italian Ice when I grew up. I miss that stuff. Mention Italian anything in my current locale and you get a look like it must be a mob hangout.
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So I'm thinking of buying commercial property in south beach, Miami.
2011 Q4 averaged $934 per sq/ft.on South Beach. Whatever you peddle make sure you do a ton a day and twice on the weekend just to survive.
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Rita's Ice is down here and i never see anyone in the place
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There was a Rita's ice in Hollywood fl for a short time ,but it went bust quickly. Seems to me, with the small profit per sale you'd have to sell alot just to pay the man,let alone have something left over for you ?
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15 years ago there were Frozen yogurt places EVERYWHERE (like TCBY) they all went tits up. Now in the last 2 years these pay by the ounce yogurt ("You Say When") are popping up everywhere. I've already seen some close their doors after less than a year in the Tampa area.

Rita's, I remember those in and out of business during the 90s, started seeing them again about 4 years ago. One is 2 miles from my house and I never see traffic.

Unless you have a store front available, I would think your operating capital needs would be too great in Florida to turn a profit on $5 flavoured ice with custard.
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If a Rita's doesn't work out, give a Philly Pretzel Factory franchise a shot.
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Only time I've heard/consumed Water Ice was in Hawaii. Italian Ice is popular up here. We have a lot of Ritas up here and they do well. Ritas however is not Water Ice. I don't know the Miami scene well but I would assume that you could do much better by getting a permit and a cart to sell real water ice up here to the bennys on the boardwalk. I would not think that you need actual property in this industry, at least until if and when it gets big. They you consider opening up a chain.

On a side note, I would love to see water ice up here. I wouldn't do well in a sales environment so I hope someone takes up my idea so I can get my authentic water ice regularly up here in the summer.
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give a Philly Pretzel Factory franchise a shot.
Or simply go with churros and cortaditos
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15 years ago there were Frozen yogurt places EVERYWHERE (like TCBY) they all went tits up. Now in the last 2 years these pay by the ounce yogurt ("You Say When") are popping up everywhere. I've already seen some close their doors after less than a year in the Tampa area.

Rita's, I remember those in and out of business during the 90s, started seeing them again about 4 years ago. One is 2 miles from my house and I never see traffic.

Unless you have a store front available, I would think your operating capital needs would be too great in Florida to turn a profit on $5 flavoured ice with custard.

Looked at opening a TCBY 12 years ago... did some research and it wasn't a good idea. We sat in front of many stores and the business just wasnt there.

We have a Menchies frozen yogurt in Charleston - busy as all get out all the time.

As for Rita's - do your homework. My buddy has a solid business mind ran away from the deal. It was cheaper for him to start his on business, one he is now franchising out to others.

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