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Old 07-21-2005, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have a hair and nail salon and am interested in adding a few tanning beds for
my customers. We had a tanning salon next
door and referred customers back and forth.
Recently it sold and the new owners are moving it to the other end of town. My
customers are wanting me to add bed for
their convience and doing so I might be
able to pick up a few that don't want to
travel. My question is what kind of beds? I am limited on space and have to do a little remodeling to add them. I looked at Heartland and they do not have any used ones and even with their sale right now 10k is alittle to expensive not knowing if this will work out. I want something that shows you have a tan after tanning. I have
used beds before that after a complete
package you still look like a ghost. After
doing some reading I understand the bulbs
are what is important.
Any help is appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2005, 04:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There is a lot that will play into this. How many beds are you going to be able to place..what are the demographics...competition??

What concerns me is, why did the tan salon sell? Better question; why did the new owner move it across town. This tells me that the business is not there.

With that said, asking what type beds to buy is like asking, what type car should I drive.

As for used beds, becareful who you buy from. Stick to reputable dealers only. You should lease, if $$$ is a concern for purchasing.

Heartland is good, and they have a warehouse full of used quality beds. I was there last week looking myself. You need to call the McDonough, Ga location.

Perhaps if room is limited you should consider standup units??

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Old 07-22-2005, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I'm in one of the busiest centers in the area. The new owners are moving to a new center under construction and I believe they might live at that end of town. The center has two establishments that sells liquor and I think that concerns them as we sit in the middle of both of them. Friday and Saturday night are pretty funny watching people try to get from one place to the other after having a few. The tanning salon has been there about 10 yrs and sold twice the business is there. The first owner didn't have tanning in mind and the second one owns multiple businesses and decided to slow down alittle. He is actually the one who got me stared on this. I talked to Heartland about leasing and considering that. There are a few tanning salons at this end of town and I have talked to two of the owners they have said two beds would be good for what I'm wanting. I will be building the rooms for the tanning beds and Heartland suggested 7 x 8 rooms. Looking at the different types of beds has just been alittle overwelming so I'm turning to the experts.
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Old 07-22-2005, 10:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Your room size will depend on what type of unit you are going to get. I sounds to me that you should just put in a couple of standard 100 Watt units and maybe a facial unit. Also, you need to check to see your available amp's on your breaker box. There is alot of good equipment in the market. Do some reasearch. As soapking stated make sure you are careful on purchasing used equipment. If you are looking at certain equipment, PM me and I will give you my honest thoughts of the equipment. If you have any technical questions you can also PM me on those. Good Luck...
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Keep in mind that if the build out has already been done next door another tanning salon may rent that space.If that happens you may have trouble competing with them.
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Old 07-22-2005, 06:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Moses makes a good point. If you decide to do this, contact your landlord for an addendum to your lease indicating a non-compete..no other salon offering your services could occupy the space.
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I have 2 puretan impact 28 lamp tanning beds. I did not open my salon and would like to sell will throw in 250 bottles of lotions. Call Jim 817-312-2200
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You should post your beds in classifieds.
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