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.