Is there anything that I can do to save the store that I work at?

I'm from a small town and I found work at a local convenience store last year. I found more than a job at this place though, I found freedom. It's like a hidden piece of what America should be. I've been around, I've worked for major corporations, I've done landscaping, construction and I'm

I'm from a small town and I found work at a local convenience store last year. I found more than a job at this place though, I found freedom. It's like a hidden piece of what America should be. I've been around, I've worked for major corporations, I've done landscaping, construction and I'm an independent game developer but I've never found anyone that I actually wanted to work for until now and as luck would have it they are struggling horribly to avoid going out of business. The owner is older and doesn't have any notable presence in social media and advertising seems to be mostly word of mouth. Any suggestion is welcome because this place means a lot to me.

Best Answer:

mtd15us: Hooray for your seeing small business as America's strength, and for your saving one of them.

I love and frequent convenience stores and work to keep them going. See what works and make a plan. What works is the traffic. What brings people in and keeps them coming? 1. Location: is the store where a lot of people pass or come near to daily? 2. A constant variety of new products on display (even if in small, odd-lot quantities) at good, affordable prices;some folks might think high prices are sexy, but smart shoppers want what they need reliably and at a good low price.
3. Warm customer relations: the atmosphere should be inviting, coming from good customer service: never a negative word, above all, never anger. Show you're thinking of them. Display where they cannot miss it new and different stuff that wasn't there last time they came in. Do it often. Display new things that you got obviously because you only think they might like it. The items might cost them only $1 or $2, it's the thought that matters.

Recall other convenience stores and ask what makes or made them work., then consider applying the ingredients of their success to your place..

Other answer:

mtd15us:
It is difficult for small independent stores to compete with the larger chain stores because they do not have the buying power (volume) and have to pay more for their goods. All they have to compete with the bigger stores may be location and/or convenience. Advertising may help but they will have to offer prices cheaper or equal to the big stores.
tro:
buy him out and operate with your advanced technical skills
John D:
Realistically the only thing you could do would be to buy the business and turn it around yourself. It sounds good to think that you can do a website or other things to help, but generally those are only band aids.
Judy:
If you know about social media, you could go to the owner and volunteer to set it up for him or her as part of your job
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