Starting a Retail Business? How to get the utility infrastructure you will need

Starting a Retail Business

An essential part of operating any business is having access to utilities. Even the simplest enterprise requires electricity, water, and the internet, and more complex businesses could need natural gas, fuel oil, wireless data, and more. As you begin setting up your operation, use these strategies for getting the required infrastructure in place.

Tie on with Existing Service

The first step in getting utilities is to find out if they’re available in your area. For example, your new general store in the countryside might sound like a good idea until you realize there’s no city water for two miles in any direction. If the utility is available, contact the provider and see what fees, permits, and other requirements are necessary for you to connect.

Run a Private Line

In some situations, you may have to run your own line some distance to connect. In the case of our general store example, you could probably afford to run your own line some part of that distance. It may even be possible to join with others in the area to split the cost of running the line even further. Better yet, your combined interest could be enough to convince the utility provider to run a new line to serve all of you.



Construct a Tower

One great thing about modern communications is that you don’t necessarily need a cable to connect. Wireless TV, internet, and telephone are commonplace. All you need is adequate reception to have reliable service. To do that, it could take constructing a small, private tower. You’ll have to pay for the materials, rigging services to bring them in, and good IT people to hook everything up, but in the right situation, it’s a good solution.

Use Fixed Sources

When the supply is too far away, you might need to create your own. Water can still be accessed through a drilled well. With the right filtration, pumping, and testing system, groundwater can be just as reliable and clean as a municipal source. Propane and fuel oil can be trucked in and stored in a bulk tank on your site instead of arriving through pipelines. The only question in this situation is whether it’s more cost-effective than running lines in from elsewhere.

As you choose your location and type of business, it’s critical to take into account what utilities you will need for routine operations. Make a good plan in the beginning so that your business can work smoothly and efficiently.



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