Whether starting a full-blown food court business or attempting to add some type of food court to an existing business, there are many factors that you need to keep in mind in order to be successful. If you are interested in setting up a food court or creating the food court experience, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Tip #1: Plan for Pedestrian Traffic
When looking at the space that you have available for your food court, be sure to consider how people will move in, out and through the food court area. By setting the food court up in such a way that encourages one-way traffic, you will help to keep crowding under control so people can move through the area easily. It is also important to keep enough space available for pedestrians to walk while carrying trays without fear of bumping into other people or items.
Tip #2: Provide Adequate Seating
Food courts experience a great deal of traffic during certain peak times, which are primarily around breakfast, lunch and dinner times when most people’s stomachs are programmed to become hungry. Outside of these peak times, you may not need to have a great deal of seating. During peak times, however, you will need to be sure to have adequate seating to meet the needs of those who will be visiting the food court. If you are setting up a food court for your employees, you should have a rough idea of how many people are likely to visit the food court during peak hours. If you are installing a food court in a public area, such as in a mall, determining these figures can be a bit trickier.
Tip #3: Make Refuse Removal Easy
By providing your customers with easy-to-use receptacles that are placed in strategic locations, you can limit the amount of work that you have to put into cleaning up after those who have dined at your food court. The food court waste receptacles available from Securr help to make this possible.
Designed specifically for high-volume food courts in both indoor and outdoor areas, our receptacles are made from corrosion-resistant steel and feature a top that is specifically designed for holding dirty trays until they can be retrieved for cleanup. Our food court waste receptacles also keep the waste enclosed and safely locked away. In this way, the waste remains inside the container until you are ready to pull out the receptacle and remove the waste. This innovative design also helps to alleviate stress on your back as the waste is easily pulled out rather than up from the receptacle.
Tip #4: Know Your Audience
If you are creating a food court in a busy downtown location, offering a wide variety of food types may be a good idea. By offering pizza, chicken, Mexican, Oriental and other types of foods, you are more likely to please a wide audience of customers. If you are installing a small food court in at your business for employee use or for a small group of customers, however, it is generally best to keep the selections simple.