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Positive Outlook For Restaurant Owners & Buyers in 2002

By in 2002 - Volume 4

A Positive Outlook For Restaurant Owners And Restaurant Buyers in 2002


There are a lot of buyers available as a result of corporate downsizing, layoffs and life style changes.

The current economy will probably keep inflation low which will help stabilize operating expenses.

Operators will have more flexibility in extending their leases with their landlords at more favorable terms and conditions and renegotiating existing leases with lower rents as result of a softer real estate market and higher vacancy rates.

The quality and quantity of prospective new employees is more favorable for employers as a result of higher unemployment.

There are many buyers who have a lot of cash available as a result of cashing out of the stock market and/or having pension money available to them as a result of early retirement.


Buyers will be able to negotiate more favorable premises lease terms than their predecessors as long as the real estate market remains soft and vacancies are high.

There are many sellers that are in trouble financially and need to sell quickly.

There are bankruptcy opportunities whereby you can buy new restaurants for 25 to 35 cents on the dollar with below market leases. (I have a couple of these listings currently).

Buyers can time their new acquisitions to coincide with the recovery of the economy so their new projects come on line as the economy is turning around.

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About The Author
Steven Zimmerman, CBI, M&AMI, CBB, FIBBA

Steve is the Founder, Principal Broker and Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Realty Company. Steve has personally sold/leased over 1,000 restaurant, bar and/or nightclub businesses and many related commercial buildings totaling 2+ million square feet of commercial space, collaborated with over 2,000 clients and completed over 3,000 valuations since 1996.His real estate experience also includes sales, acquisitions, management and ownership of numerous properties throughout California including restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings, single family houses, an office building and a multi-use retail building. Steve is also the author of Restaurant Dealmaker – An Insider’s Trade Secrets for Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club available on Amazon. Prior to starting Restaurant Realty Company Steve had over 20 years of restaurant experience and was President and Chief Executive officer of Zim’s Restaurants, which was one of the largest privately owned restaurant chains in the San Francisco Bay Area. READ FULL BIO | HIRE EXPERT WITNESS - LEARN MORE