Opening a Storefront This Fall

Smiling woman standing in doorway of a business location with business hours posted on signs in the window

Fall can be a great time to open a new retail business, as people are gearing up for the holiday season and are often more ready to spend money on gifts and other items. As a small business owner, you may have been searching for that perfect storefront, and after months of looking, you’ve finally found it. At EZ Storage® in Philadelphia, we love helping small businesses thrive, so if you need a self-storage unit while you get your store set up, then visit one of our metro-area locations today. Our staff members can help you choose the right space, and you can feel confident that your things are safe and sound!

Building Your Inventory

You may have spent the summer months building your inventory, whether that was through purchasing stock or making items yourself. If you have a healthy amount of products, but no place to keep it, then a small self-storage space can be a great choice. You can store things for a month or two while you get your retail space set up, and we offer climate-controlled storage for those fragile or sensitive items. For example, if you’re going to be selling musical instruments such as guitars or ukuleles that you’ve made, then you’re going to want to store them in a controlled environment. The last thing you want is for heat and humidity to affect the instruments’ wood!

Setting Up Your Space

Having a good store layout can make for a better customer experience. You want it to be easy for people to see and touch the products that you’re selling, which is where the appropriate shelving and lighting comes into play. If you’re ordering new lights and shelves, but you’re not ready to install them right away, then putting those things into storage will keep them safe until you’re ready to go.

Your shelving units may arrive on a pallet, and your lights will likely come with multiple fixtures to a box. You can have those things delivered directly to your storage unit, and you can then take what you need from those pallets and boxes. As you work on certain sections of the store, you won’t have to worry about the rest of the items sitting unprotected in another part of your retail space.

Your Own Packaging Supplies

Since you’ll be selling physical products, it will be important to have the right packaging for each item. No matter what you’re offering, whether it’s soaps or hand tools, having the right boxes and branding is key to success. You’ll also need packaging for any products that you’ll be shipping to customers who don’t live in your immediate area. Online sales may be your biggest money maker, and you’ll want to be sure each item arrives in one piece.

It can be smart to store your excess boxes, paper, and other packaging supplies until you need them. Even if you have a backroom in your store, you’re likely going to be using it for an office, break room, and a storage space, so the less clutter you have in there, the better!

Find Self-Storage Today

If your plan is to have your new storefront open before fall begins, then come to one of our Philadelphia self-storage locations today. The staff members and resident managers can answer all of your questions, and they can also help you choose the right unit size for your business needs. We offer convenient access hours on every day of the year, so you can visit your space when it works for you. We also rent every unit on a month-to-month basis, so you only have to store things for however long you need!

At EZ Storage® in Philadelphia, we want to see your new business succeed. Visit us today to see how we can help you!