Business Overview

Does serving lots of customers their favorite treats sound like a fabulous day to you? A food kiosk business may be right up your alley. Generally situated in high traffic locations like malls, amusement parks or office towers, you may be selling exquisite chocolate bon bons, freshly squeezed juice and smoothies, or perhaps a little bit of everything. This venture requires a low capital investment with the possibility of rapid growth built right in.

Who is this business right for?

Many food kiosks are owned and operated by individuals who loves providing a delicious treat to a wide variety of customers. You will likely need to work long hours on your feet and will be materially involved in every aspect of the business.

What happens during a typical day at a food kiosk business?

Your food kiosk can be a one-stop shop for coffee, muffins, and daily newspapers or perhaps it will have a mini-kitchen that churns out freshly pressed sandwiches. Whatever you are serving, you will:

  • Open and close on time every day of business, according to your hours of operation
  • Maintain a clean and attractive kiosk
  • Balance your books, order supplies, restock the shelves
  • Wait on each customer while providing exemplary service
  • Hire and train part-time assistants
  • Cook and prepare food
  • Maintain positive relationships with a variety of vendors
  • Market using social media

What is the target market?

Your location will in part dictate your menu. Middle-aged professionals will walk past you in their office park, teens and young adults crowd the malls while entire families jam tourist attractions. Electric blue gummy candy won't work for the professionals and hand-carved chocolate treats will be out of the teenagers' budget.

How does a food kiosk business make money?

You will turn a profit on each item that you sell to the hungry public.

What is the growth potential for a food kiosk business?

If you are offering a unique and sensational menu, there is every opportunity to turn your kiosk into a franchise, especially if food preparation is fast and minimal. Should you have landed a spot in a large amusement park and are enjoying huge success and unable to control the lines, opening a second kiosk inside the park is an excellent possibility.