The funding strategy as it relates to Galerie de Beaute is as follows:
Once contact is made with the various funding sources Management will determine which opportunities would best fit our needs. The main point of concern is the long-term interest rate. Management has determined that interest rates 7% or less would best fit our financial plan.
Once funding issues have been resolved Management will turn its attention to leasing the suites. Identifying potential tenants to sign a one year lease is management's priority. The goal is to have approximately 10 tenants committed by the grand opening; thus placing Galerie de Beaute in the position to break even within the 2nd quarter of operation.
Galerie de Beaute's competitive edge is that we are the first enterprise of this kind in Ourstate. All other salons are owned and operated by a few individuals that either are sole proprietors or pay employees 50% to 60% commission. Some owners prefer not to have employees, but rent out remaining booths.
To be considered a booth renter and not an employee by the IRS and the state, a signed lease is required. If an audit is performed and there is no signed lease, this could involve significant liability, including back taxes, interest and penalty.
The initial marketing strategy requires creating a database of licensed beauty professionals in the state. The list of individuals is of public record and listed on Ourstate's website. Once we have gathered addresses and phone numbers, we will send out direct mail advertisements. We will continue to update our database as information is made available. The second strategy, which will be ongoing, is to acquire tenants by placing advertisements in The News Journal, Community News, and on Galerie de Beaute’s Web page. In the Business Opportunities section of the classifieds, Galerie de Beaute will advertise for licensed beauty professionals (i.e. cosmetologists, nail technicians and massage therapists).
The sales strategy of Galerie de Beaute for year 1 is upon opening to have signed leases for 10 units. Each subsequent quarter increase signed leases by five.
The sales forecast for Galerie de Beaute is based on a steady increase in sales in the first year. Sales increase by approximately 8% on the Salon Suites. Because we have more units we expect to sign approximately 1 lease per month after the start up of ten. We anticipate lease renewals for subsequent years thus resulting in 100% occupancy. The direct cost related to each unit is $62.50 per month as it relates to the monthly loan repayment.
The lease for 166 S. Fastlane Highway was signed in April 2004, with a start date of June 1, 2004. The month of May has been devoted to investigating additional financing resources, and working with the architect and general contractor to come to an agreement on the best floor plan for this type of environment. This includes taking into consideration the heating and air conditioning of the units, plans that will win approval from the county and plans that will be comfortable for future tenants. June and July will be dedicated to construction, ordering equipment and marketing. We selected the contractor because of his history of getting jobs completed on time. It is crucial that the jobs move quickly. Marketing will be more effective if we can have sample units to show. We will be taking the same approach if we were showing a sample home.
After 3 years of successful operation Galerie de Beaute will research additional sites in Ourstate or Neighboringstate.