Originally Posted by cluckcluck
I would offer a complete line of services, stringing, customization, etc. Carry no more than 4 of each model racquet, some balls, and shoes.
Have any of you opened a shop? What's your experience been?
I helped manage the pro shop back at a club in my teaching days. In my experience it's hard to sell any equipment at full price. You just hope to clear out your inventory before the racket and shoe manufacturers release the next version and you really only make money on service. How do you plan to manage inventory consdiering different grip sizes? Only carry 4 3/8 rackets and special order other sizes or would you only carry 4 1/4 and then build up to size with heat shrink sleeves? What about shoes - so many shoe sizes.