Do you want to start an optical store and you want to know the cost breakdown? If YES, here are factors that determine the cost of opening an optical store. An optical store is a store where glasses, frames, lens cleaning liquids, eye testing tools, and glass accessories et al are sold.

If you are considering opening an optical store business and you are not too sure of the startup cost or if the business will be profitable, this article will give you the needed information. An optical store is a profitable business because various types of eye wear are used by a wide range of people in the society.

Aside from the fact that the startup capital ranges from low to moderate, it is important to state that opening an optical store business comes with its own fair share of challenges, but that does not rule out the fact that it is indeed a profitable business venture, especially if you locate the business in good location and you know how to source for glasses, lenses, glass frames and glass accessories that are generally used in the location where you have you retail outlet.

The Estimated Cost of Opening an Optical Store

When it comes to starting a standard optical store business, one is expected to spend the bulk of the startup capital on renting a store facility. Aside from that, you are not expected to spend much except for purchasing large supplies of glasses, lenses, glass frames and accessories, paying your employees and utility bills.

In view of that, here are the key areas where you are expected to spend your startup capital on;

  • The total fee for registering the business in the United States of America – $750.
  • Legal expenses for obtaining licenses and permits as well as the accounting services (software, P.O.S machines and other software) – $3,300.
  • Marketing promotion expenses for the grand opening of the optical store in the amount of $3,500 and as well as flyer printing (2,000 flyers at $0.04 per copy) for the total amount of $3,580.
  • The cost for hiring business consultant including writing a business plan – $2,500.
  • Insurance (general liability, workers’ compensation and property casualty) coverage at a total premium – $2,400.
  • The cost for payment of rent for 12 months at $1.76 per square feet in the total amount of $46,000.
  • The cost for store remodeling (construction of racks and shelves) – $5,000.
  • Other start-up expenses including stationery ($500) and phone and utility deposits ($2,500) – $3,000
  • Operational cost for the first 3 months (salaries of employees, payments of bills et al) – $40,000
  • The cost for start-up inventory (stocking with a wide range of glasses, lenses, glass frames and glass accessories products) and packaging materials) – $60,000
  • Storage hardware (bins, rack, shelves, preserving case) – $3,720
  • The cost for store equipment (cash register, security, ventilation, signage) – $13,750
  • The cost of purchase and installation of CCTVs, and car tracker devices – $5,000
  • The cost for the purchase of furniture and gadgets (Computers, Printers, Telephone, TVs, Sound System, tables and chairs et al) – $4,000.
  • The cost for the purchase of delivery vans – $15,000
  • The cost of launching a Website – $600
  • Miscellaneous – $1,000

From the rough estimate as listed above, you would need a minimum of two hundred and twelve thousand, six hundred USD ($212,600) to establish a medium – scale but standard optical store business in any city in the United States of America.

In Conclusion,

Please note that this is a rough estimate and we usually advise our readers who are interested in opening an optical store to go to the market or directly contact sellers of the items they would need so as to get the real time prices of these items. The truth is that if you are a good bargainer, you can get a better deal that will help you beat down the estimated price as listed above.

Solomon. O'Chucks