Shopping around: Consumers will turn to department stores and e-commerce, hampering industry growth

IBISWorld’s industry research report on Small Specialty Retail Stores provides up-to-date sales and market data, allowing you to identify the product and customer segments driving revenue growth. The report identifies the leading companies in the industry, and offers strategic analysis of the key factors influencing the market. Our data forecasts are accompanied by full analysis to illustrate how the market is responding to dominant and emerging trends.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Larger competitors have taken market share by providing one-stop shopping and lower prices
  • Tobacco products and accessories make up the largest segment of the industry
  • Although the industry is in decline, a market remains for effective stores to operate in the industry

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Operators in the Small Specialty Retail Stores industry sell a diverse range of products, from premium cigars to grave markers. Due to its fragmented nature, the industry is not driven by product-specific trends but rather by broad macroeconomic variables, though individual segments respond to specific shifts in consumer preferences. Over the five years to 2017, rising income and employment have boosted demand throughout the retail sector. Over the five years to 2022, this industry is anticipated to continue its gradual decline. IBISWorld forecasts growth in consumer spending, while consumer confidence is anticipated to decline. Consequently, increasing levels of discretionary spending will be focused on price point over specialty...

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    Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Small Specialty Retail Stores industry exhibits minimal barriers to entry, with low establishment costs and no significant licensing requirements. However, industry competition and market awareness can pose a barrier to potential new entrants. Most industry operators are small to midsize establishments that cater to a local or regional community. Therefore, there is little need to invest heavily in technology, such as computerized inventory controls or point-of-sale systems.

    Most small specialty retailers do not have prohibitive license requirements, except regarding sales of tobacco products and alcohol. Even so, tobacco retail licenses are relatively easy to obtain through state governments. In ..

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    Additional Insights for the Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Access to niche markets
  • Attractive product presentation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as commerce sales and Per capita disposable income in the Small Specialty Retail Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry?

    Industry operators retail specialized lines of goods: kitchenware, art supplies, cigarettes and cigars, collectors’ items, fireworks and trophies. This industry also includes general merchandise auction houses (except electronic auctions), but excludes mass merchandisers, department stores, grocery stores, warehouse clubs and supercenters.

    Industry Products
    Tobacco products and smokers' accessories
    Pools, pool chemicals, pool supplies and accessories
    Collectibles and monuments
    Home goods
    Groceries and alcoholic beverages
    Industry Activities
    Retailing general merchandise
    Retailing tobacco and tobacco products (e.g. cigarettes and cigars)
    Retailing art supplies
    Retailing collectors' items (e.g. autographs, cards, coins and stamps)
    Retailing fireworks
    Retailing candles
    Retailing religious goods (except books)
    Retailing trophies
    Retailing specialized occupational supplies
    Retailing calendars

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • commerce sales
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Excise tax on tobacco products

  • Current Performance
  • External competition intensifies
  • Stagnant margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Online competition
  • Social and structural change
  • Table: Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Janitorial Services
  • Fine Arts Schools
  • Home Care Providers
  • Religious Organizations
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Art & Office Supply Manufacturing
  • Cigarette & Tobacco Products Wholesaling
  • Greeting Cards & Other Publishing
  • Textile Mills
  • Toy & Craft Supplies Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Tobacco products and smokers' accessories
  • Collectibles and monuments
  • Other
  • Pools, pool chemicals, pool supplies and accessories
  • Home goods
  • Groceries and alcoholic beverages
  • Chart: Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 45 to 64
  • Consumers aged 65 and older
  • Consumers aged 25 to 44
  • Businesses
  • Consumers aged 24 and younger
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Small Specialty Retail Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Small Specialty Retail Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • E-commerce sales (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Big-Box Store
  • A retail store that is differentiated by its sheer size and large range of products, including electronics, household goods and other consumer products.
  • Brick-And-Mortar Store
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • E-Cigarette
  • A device that vaporizes tobacco liquids, to avoid inhaling smoke.
  • E-Tailer
  • A retailer that primarily sells goods and services via the internet. Many of these companies do not have brick-and-mortar locations.
  • Electronic Data Interchange
  • The transmission of electronic documents between businesses from one computer system to another.
  • Hookah
  • Pipe instrument for vaporizing and smoking various tobacco products.
  • Point Of Sale
  • A system used at checkout in retail stores using computers and cash registers to capture transaction data at the time and place of sale.
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