How to Run a Successful Concession Stand

How to Run a Successful Concession Stand

11th Aug 2022

Some of childhood's greatest moments are made huddled around a concession stand, a can of Hawaiian punch in one hand, and a hot dog in the other (Chicago style, of course!).

Running a successful concession stand, whether you're serving families on the soccer field, movie theatre patrons, or concert-goers at a large venue, is no easy feat. It is a labor of love that takes strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.

Run a Successful Concession Stand with These Tips:

Choosing Your Menu

Deciding what items to offer your customers can be a massive hurdle for many concession stand owners! Offering items that you can serve in a snap is key, as customers want to be in and out quickly. Grab-and-go items such as chips, candy, and X are always a hit, and other fast items such as hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, and crepes allow you to serve more filling items without dragging out wait times. While offering a wide variety of items may be tempting, keep in mind the more items you have, the longer people will spend making up their minds, and the more items you'll need to have on hand. Keeping your offerings to a minimum will save time, which is always the name of the game for concession stands!

These items will help you make tasty treats!

Prep for Success

Ensuring you have all of the equipment and supplies you need to serve the items on your menu is key! Aim to have a bit more than you need so that you never find yourself running short. Be sure you have obtained all of the permits you need to run your operation legally. Check with your city to ensure you're covered.

Get Organized

Because concession stands are so fast-paced, having your work area clean and organized will significantly increase your staff's ability to process transactions quickly. Be sure each team member has specific roles and is clear on what those are, and encourage teamwork so that your operation runs like a well-oiled machine. Every single item should have a place, and all team members should know where everything belongs.

Keep your concession stand organized with some of these items:

Think Ahead

If your concession stand caters to recreational sporting events, having your teams order their post-game snacks before their game is a great way to ensure your game days run efficiently! Consider making this process even easier by allowing for online ordering.

Be sure to check out Culitrade's selection of concession stand equipment and supplies available to help you run your stand your way.

Even if you're not looking to purchase any equipment, browse our selection of equipment and supplies to get ideas for new menu items to add or to create a wish list of products you'd like to add to your stand one day!

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