A bread or snack delivery route can be a profitable business to own and operate. Delivery routes are generally stable, and the income is regular and predictable. The route owner has the potential to grow the business and increase the income generated by the business by increasing sales to existing customers and adding new accounts. It’s a good business for people who are highly motivated self-starters. Many delivery route owners enjoy the flexibility of being their own boss.
So, if it’s a great business, why would someone want to sell their bread or snack route? As with any type of business, reasons will vary. Some find being a business owner is not the right fit for them. Others want to move on to bigger opportunities.
Some delivery route owners buy a route, work hard to increase its value, and then sell it for a profit. A broker that sells delivery routes can appraise the value of the route and determine its fair selling price. Then the seller can invest the profits into the purchase of a larger route or one in a different territory.
A delivery route business is labor intensive. Some people find that they are not able to perform the physical tasks of bending, lifting, loading, and unloading the products. Some companies may allow a route owner to hire employees to help run the route, while others frown on that. A route can also feel confining to some people. It is not always easy to take a vacation or a sick day. Products must still be delivered to the customers. Many routes start early in the morning, a schedule that doesn’t work for everyone. Owners of these routes may want to sell and find another type of business.
Some route owners may find that owning and managing a business is not for them. A delivery route is often a sole proprietor business with no health insurance or other benefits. Although operating expenses for routes tend to be low, the cost of fuel and truck maintenance must certainly be considered. Of course, these items are legitimate business expenses.
If you currently own a bread or snack delivery route and are considering selling your business, contact Capital Route Sales for a free route valuation. Capital Route Sales has a large database of potential buyers interested in purchasing routes.