Starting a Concession Business

New ventures can be intimidating, but not when you have the team of experts at Gold Medal on your side. When starting a concession stand business, one of your first tasks should be to explore our site and call us for a consultation. We offer in-person taste sampling and training on how to use equipment such as industrial popcorn machines; we even share suggestions for designing your food service area. You’re not alone when you choose Gold Medal as your concession equipment supplier! Get information on starting a concession business here and call us to get started.


Make Your Concession Business Mobile

Hit the Road with A Concession Trailer

When you’re first starting out in concessions, you’ll have to make a decision on where to house your equipment. Most new operators begin with a concession trailer or cart. This gives you the freedom of mobility – you’re not stuck in a stationary stand and can go where the money is.

A towable trailer will likely be your best bet. It might feature fryers, ventilation, serving windows, marquees, storage space, electrical hookups, and generators. Consider also investing in some type of seating nearby to attract customers and keep them close.

How to Purchase Your First Concession Trailer

Start by doing an online search for dealers in your region so you can visit the location and view the trailers. Search local auctions, or if you want to buy new, contact manufacturers. If you’re financing, be sure to clarify with your bank which features they require.

You can also visit festivals and fairs and observe what others are doing. Examine their trailers and ask questions. See what has worked for people in a similar line of business and what they think is and is not worth the cost.

Questions to Consider

Keep these questions in mind as you’re shopping for your trailer:

  • What is it made of, and how durable is it?
  • How can I clean it? Is the floor a material that can withstand being hosed down, or will it rot?
  • Is there a ventilation system for fried foods?
  • Will there be a place to wash hands and dishes?
  • How long does it take to build or customize?
  • Is there an opportunity for refrigeration?
  • Does it meet local and state health requirements?

Download the full ebook to learn more about how to get started in the concession industry.