So I've made some decisions regarding my store and I thought I would share them with you.
As of August 21 I will be lowering the operating hours of my store to 8 hours a week to be all in one day a week. I will be returning to Wendy's full time 5 days a week working 40 hours.
My big beer cooler is being shut down, hopefully saving hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on the electric bill. I'm closing most of my delivery accounts since they are fresh foods and such and will not be able to sell enough in one day to make it worth it. I will no longer carry things like the daily papers, milk and bread and such. I'm going to try and keep the deli operating on the day I'm open and for funeral orders and such until the sale. A big deli customer of mine is buying me thermal covers to cover the glass case on the days I'm not open to help it run more efficiently during these warmer months so I won't shut it down.
If you were paying attention to the hours you'll notice a lack of them really. Currently I work an average of 92 1/2 hours a week between the store and Wendy's and paperwork and such I do during closed hours. That doesn't include the time I spend on my third job designing homes and such which varies week to week. After this transition I'll be working just under 48 hours a week. This part has me rather excited. I'm sure I'll find plenty to do to fill the hours I'll be given, sleep at first and then start cleaning and fixing this place from top to bottom.
The other bonus to this transition will be the money aspect. Right now I'm borrowing roughly $1000 a month to keep this place open, after the transition I shouldn't need to borrow anything because my checks from Wendy's should cover the bills I will have. The first month or so while I pay off some of the credit accounts might be tight, but I'll survive. I'm more afraid of what it will do to the sale of the store. I will still be an operating business so the bank can stay off my back, but it's going to make selling harder. Then again it might make it easier if someone didn't want a carryout/deli, so I don't know. I made my decision and leaving the rest to God to sort out.
I'm very sad that it has come to this. I never expected this and never saw it coming, yet here it is. I'll be financially and physically better after this transition, but I worry about the sale. I'm not sure how long I will have to endure it, but it will be much easier than what I've been enduring for the last 6 months.
I'm not telling the public about this plan until August 20th. I've let a few of my faithful and loyal customers know when a change will be taking place, but have been very vague on the details. I don't feel as if the rest of these people even deserve to know any different. If they haven't supported me since I opened, I don't really care about their opinion. This transition is so bitter sweet, but it's something I have to do. Sometimes reality just sucks, but even that has a silver lining in it somewhere.
Pray for a sale.