Shops leaving traditional stores and hitting the road

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- Wouldn't it be great if more places worked like pizza joints and brought their product right to you? Well, that's exactly what some businesses here are doing.

News 12 breaks down what's driving stores to hit the road.

"In this economy I think you have to think outside the box and you have to think of what's next," said Hope Seamon, owner of La Dee Da Gifts in North Augusta.

Next month, the shop will close their brick and mortar store and pull a 20 foot mobile one right to you.

"It will be a trailer outfitted that looks just like a store with a dressing room, heating and air, and clothing racks," she told News 12.

Seamon said the move makes sense. She'll save $5,000 a month which benefits her and her customers.

"In this setting, our prices are going to be cheaper because we are not going to have all the overhead. It's going to be a trailer, an employee and me," said Seamon.

Clothing stores aren't the only ones setting the cruise control.

"You are mobile, so you can go to your customer. I can come to things like the GreenJackets baseball game," said Dean Dozier.

Dozier brought a shaved iced company called Kona Ice to Augusta in April.

"With two trucks and some of the other equipment I got, we are at about $200,000 in right now," he told News 12.

That is a lot cheaper than what he would've had to invest in a traditional store.

"You'd probably be somewhere around $500,000," he said.

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