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Xenakicksass
Aug 30th, 2005, 01:15 PM
I am planning to open a totally Vegan grocer shop in glasgow, hopefully the beginning of next year. I would love it if you all could take the time to answer my mini questionnaire. I did put a similar questionnaire up on the Vegan society message board just incase so of you recognise it :)

1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?

Right that's all for now. thanks for reading it :)

Xena xx

Kiran
Aug 30th, 2005, 01:30 PM
I am planning to open a totally Vegan grocer shop in glasgow, hopefully the beginning of next year. I would love it if you all could take the time to answer my mini questionnaire. I did put a similar questionnaire up on the Vegan society message board just incase so of you recognise it :)

1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?

Right that's all for now. thanks for reading it :)

Xena xx

Yes

Not if the variation is very less.

3-5 miles for vegan stuff

very advantageous

Fruits, veggies, all vegan stuff, organic stuff, some vegan sandwiches perhaps.

abrennan
Aug 30th, 2005, 01:40 PM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?

Yes, I do


2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?

no


3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?

long way15-20 kms or more


4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?

yes

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?

nice things, vegan packets and tins but also cook books and veggies and magazines, point of sale purchases, yummy things to eat, vegan noughat, a little bit of choclit. drinks. frozen things.

noodles


Antony:eek:

Spiral
Aug 30th, 2005, 01:48 PM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?

Absolutely

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?

No. Most small shops are a little more expensive than the supermarkets and I'd rather buy goods from a shop that is concerned about ethics.

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?

Quite a few miles

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?

Yes. I'd rather use public transport than a car.

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?

Apart from the obvious vegan staples I'd like to see some vegan literature, a good range of cruelty free cosmetics and household products, sandwiches, pizzas, cakes and vegan organic trust (http://www.veganorganic.net/standards.htm) approved fruit and veg :)

It would also be nice to have leaflets and a message board for info on local and national animal and environmental events at the shop.

RossClement
Aug 30th, 2005, 04:05 PM
1. Yes, I would probably visit it quite often, given that the following options are satisfied.

2. I wouldn't exclusively use such a shop, but would obtain some products from there and some from supermarkets. Hence to get my business with a premium on prices, the vegan grocer would have to have things I want. Such as specialist food items, home-made items (a good vegan burger would be a winner for me), and other things such as guaranteed beeswax free apples.

3. I don't have a car, so it would have to be near my usual journeys. If it required a special journey, I would probably only visit rarely.

4. See 3! For me it would be essential.

5. Things I can't get easily elsewhere. Speciality items such as gluten flour, rare brands of vegan prepared foods, etc.

Cheers,

Ross-c

Kam
Aug 30th, 2005, 04:19 PM
I am planning to open a totally Vegan grocer shop in glasgow, hopefully the beginning of next year. I would love it if you all could take the time to answer my mini questionnaire. I did put a similar questionnaire up on the Vegan society message board just incase so of you recognise it :)

1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan? YES!!!

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket? A bit. I am on a tight budget, and do have to watch what I spend. It is all well and good saying I would pay more for ethical shopping, and ideally I would, and I do to an extent, but the reality is that I don't have lots of spare cash.

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop? Not too far, I don't have a car, so carrying bags is a chore. Would it not be quite central Glasgow, or is that too expensive. I would definitely make the effort if you sold things I could not get closer by. (I don't live in Scotland so this is only hypothetical)

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage? Yes.

5. What would you lke to see sold in it? Sausages and ice cream and sweets and milks. The literature that someone suggested above is also a good idea.

Right that's all for now. thanks for reading it :)

Xena xx

Kiran
Aug 30th, 2005, 05:17 PM
Can I recommend that you stock some vegan condoms for my non-loser friends on the forum? I heard it is very difficult to decide upon which condoms are vegan due to the manufacturing material and stuff.

I am just talking on behalf of others. As for me.. life continues :(

Skajen
Aug 30th, 2005, 05:31 PM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?
YES of course

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?
NO because i'm used to it, but would be nice if it was the same price

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?
Half an hour car journey

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?
Yes

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?
Varieties of certain brands, e.g. more than one flavour icecream.

SurfNSun
Aug 30th, 2005, 06:17 PM
Can I recommend that you stock some vegan condoms for my non-loser friends on the forum? I heard it is very difficult to decide upon which condoms are vegan due to the manufacturing material and stuff.

I am just talking on behalf of others. As for me.. life continues :(

Poor Kiran... One of these days your life will get spiced up!!!;)

Kiran
Aug 30th, 2005, 06:20 PM
Poor Kiran... One of these days your life will get spiced up!!!;)


Thanks for the consolation. :) . but thats what everyone been telling me for the past 6 years.. And they Lied..

catmogg
Aug 30th, 2005, 06:26 PM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?

Definately

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?

No

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?

Walking distance (2 miles??)

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?

Yes, i could do a bigger shop!!

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?

- organic friut and veg
- The staples (Bread, museli, brown rice, brown pasta, red lentils, organic tinned beans, dried fruit and nuts, etc)
- Goodies: vegan treats, ie. green and blacks, carob bars, booja booja chocs, soya dream, 'custard, swedish glace, soya yoghurt and seasonal treats like vegan christmas pud, pies, etc...
- vegan fake meat
- herbs and spices


Good luck!!!!!!!!!:D

Xenakicksass
Aug 31st, 2005, 08:34 AM
Wow!!

thank you all so much for answering this thread :D i love you all ;)

these answers were brilliant. Just what i was looking for lol

As for the Vegan condom thing. yup i was planning to stock them :D

I have spent the day looking for premises for my wee shop, but sadly they are all soooooo expensive even with a bank loan. i'll keep looking though as it is a venture i really want to do.

Kiran
Aug 31st, 2005, 09:24 AM
As for the Vegan condom thing. yup i was planning to stock them :D

Thanks a lot.. God bless you..!!! Much appreciated!! :D

Skajen
Aug 31st, 2005, 09:31 AM
ALL the best with your shop :o xXx

harpy
Aug 31st, 2005, 09:54 AM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?
Yes

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?
No

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?
20 mins each way for a weekly shop - if it was farther I'd still go but less often, if nearer more often

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?
Yes definitely - I hate driving!

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?
Foods (and toiletries?) that are hard to get elsewhere or normally have to be bought by mail order. If you sold things like dried beans or lentils I would probably only buy them if they were about the same price as supermarkets'. Might be good to sell fair traded and organic stuff as I think vegans are often keen on these as well and it might also broaden your market a bit.

Gliondrach
Aug 31st, 2005, 11:02 AM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?

Yes.

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?

Not if it was only a bit more.

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?

Ninety minutes round trip.

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?

Yes.

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?

All of the other suggestions, and perhaps aromatherapy things.



Why not try out your idea on a stall first? You could advertise for a couple of weeks before to alert people that the stall would be wherever it would be. Are there enough vegans in Glasgow to give you a large enough customer base? Have you found reliable local sources of bread, cakes, pasties and burgers?

Good luck.

Regards,

Martin.

DoveInGreyClothing
Sep 4th, 2005, 03:38 PM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?

Yes.

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?

Not if it was only a bit more.

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?

an hour trip.

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?

Yes.

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?

Staples, sweets and treats, fake meats, cheese etc, cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaners, recipe books and literature.

Michael Benis
Sep 6th, 2005, 06:29 PM
Can I recommend that you stock some vegan condoms for my non-loser friends on the forum? I heard it is very difficult to decide upon which condoms are vegan due to the manufacturing material and stuff.

I am just talking on behalf of others. As for me.. life continues :(

Vegan condoms (Condomi) are available online form the Vegan Society

Cheers

Michael

SophieFP
Sep 8th, 2005, 08:43 PM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?
in preference to any other, especially if a lot of stuff was organic.

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?
Not at all, I'd expect that in a small shop. It would be less expensive in terms of time as I wouldn't have to forage through all the non vegan stuff to find what I wanted inbetween.

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?

About 10 miles. Weekly home delivery of telephone orders from my local very vegan friendly organic supermarket makes me shop there at least 4 times more often. They charge 3.75 delivery and have a minimum order amount (though that can be counter productive at 50, as if I'm not sure I'll spend enough I just don't order).

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?

Certainly - for eco as well as accessibility reasons.

5. What would you like to see sold in it?

Everything - that's what makes me use my local place, avoiding the usual supermarkets altogether. They can sell me all the basics (soya milk, Redwood's stuff, ice cream, pulses, cereal, olives etc) as well as the rarities: tempeh, Clive's pies, vegan sarnies, seaweed, pesto, pate, unbleached nappies, cleaning products (though not Eco Lino - my favourite vegan brand), shampoo, wine, beer, Grovefresh juices, sprouted seeds (for when I've forgotten to do my own), and high quality fresh organic fruit and veg - the main attractor.

Getting a cheaper price when you buy a crate of something (eg soya milk) is attractive too.

Roxy
Sep 8th, 2005, 09:15 PM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?

Absolutely

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?

Not at all

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?

10 kilometers

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?

Absolutely

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?

Vegan Bakery Items especially Vegan Birthday Cakes

ph63228
Sep 12th, 2005, 10:48 AM
1.Would you use a shop which was totally vegan?
Yes

2. Would it bother you if the shop was a little more expensive than a supermarket?
No

3.How far would you be willing to travel to shop?
many miles

4. Is a shop that is on a decent public tranpsort route an advantage?
Yes

5. What would you lke to see sold in it?
Vegan only and a good range of grocerys and other foods.:cool:

Mr Flibble
Sep 14th, 2005, 03:22 PM
1. Yes
2. No, but I'd probably still use the supermarket for items I can't get there. On somethings it just isn't worth competing, other things I sometimes buy from specialist shops for convience when I'm there already, but only if we're talking pence not pounds.
3. Depends how specialist the shop is. If it only have one or two things I can't get easily elsewhere then probably not far. If it was an absolute little gem I'd consider maybe 30 mins away. I often travel as far as 1h30m to places like London with lots of small shops I like, so location is important.
4. Absolutely. Many people who are vegan care about the environment and don't drive. I'm learning now (aged 24) but have used/relied public transport until now.
5. Things that are harder to get hold of, or hard to get at good quality. Holland and Barratt have TV advertising and *shudder* Gillian McKeith *puke*, so will always win on profits if you sell exactly the same stuff as them.

I've often thought about setting up a bakery where everything is vegan and of good quality, but aimed at anyone who wants good quality bread, not just those who are vegan. There's plenty of traditional breads from around the world, especially italian, that are in their original form vegan anyway, yet the stuff you buy in supermarkets has additives to increase logitivity, lower costs etc which people who enjoy the food don't want in there as much as the vegans who can't. Depending on how affluent the area, targetting a shop at both vegans and non vegans will increase your revenue, without needing to sacrifice.