What Are the Different Types of Niche Stores?

Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis
Some stores sell vintage toys and games.
Some stores sell vintage toys and games.

Niche stores are those that cater to a specific, focused segment of the population. Unlike department stores, or websites that sell products in hundreds of categories, niche stores carry services or products relating to a very specific core concept only. There are many different types of niche stores, including hobby-based, occupational, and lifestyle-specific stores. Niche stores may also exist both in online and real property formats.

It's often best that florists and other niche retailers run an actual storefront rather than a retail business.
It's often best that florists and other niche retailers run an actual storefront rather than a retail business.

Hobby-based niche stores cater to participants in particular activities or sports. For instance, a store dedicated to board games might carry a large selection of new, used, and vintage games, strategy guides, or kits for do-it-yourself game building. A niche store catering to runners would likely carry shoes, clothing, training equipment, and books or videos that all center around learning to run or the sport and hobby of running.

Niche stores may focus on hobby-based items.
Niche stores may focus on hobby-based items.

Occupational niche stores carry products specific to a type of job or field of work. Film supply stores, for example, carry products such as scriptwriting software, clapboards, lighting and sound equipment, and tools used in set building. Stores for teachers may carry all manner of school supplies, tailored specifically to the type of purchases a teacher might need to make for his or her classroom. Restaurant supply stores carry kitchen equipment, flatware, and dishes in quantities suitable to a restaurant's needs.

Art stores may be considered niche.
Art stores may be considered niche.

In some cases, occupational niche stores may only be open to members of the public that work in the niche field; wholesale flower stores, for instance, are generally open only to those that work as professional florists. Some occupational stores may have one or two days per month where the storefront is open to the general public, as well. Occupational stores that are open to the public on a regular basis may offer significant discounts to people that can prove they are professionals in the target field.

An outdoorsman may find gear at a niche store.
An outdoorsman may find gear at a niche store.

Lifestyle-specific niche stores cater to those who make particular choices about the products they need or services they use. Natural food stores, for instance, may only carry products that are healthy, unprocessed, or organic. Christian stores may only carry books, videos on Christianity and supplies used in Christian-related ceremonies and rituals. People may be drawn to lifestyle-specific stores, since they are often operated by knowledgeable owners with experience in the targeted lifestyle demographic.

Some niche stores focus on school supplies.
Some niche stores focus on school supplies.

Some niche stores may do better in an online format, whereas others require a real property presence. A wholesale florist, for instance, will generally need to be an actual storefront, since the products are perishable and may change in availability on a daily basis. A store for chess lovers might be better as an online business, since stock may be limited to a very few items, making a literal storefront an unnecessary expense.

Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis

With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica is passionate about drama and film. She has many other interests, and enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics in her role as a writer.

Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis

With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica is passionate about drama and film. She has many other interests, and enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics in her role as a writer.

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    • Some stores sell vintage toys and games.
      By: johnsroad7
      Some stores sell vintage toys and games.
    • It's often best that florists and other niche retailers run an actual storefront rather than a retail business.
      By: Monkey Business
      It's often best that florists and other niche retailers run an actual storefront rather than a retail business.
    • Niche stores may focus on hobby-based items.
      By: kartos
      Niche stores may focus on hobby-based items.
    • Art stores may be considered niche.
      By: Lel Soleil
      Art stores may be considered niche.
    • An outdoorsman may find gear at a niche store.
      By: rodimovpavel
      An outdoorsman may find gear at a niche store.
    • Some niche stores focus on school supplies.
      By: jillchen
      Some niche stores focus on school supplies.