Well, the town of Jarnac has approved our rezoning request to turn the retail space into an apartment. For holiday lets. But before we go down the "path of least resistance" we want to see if anyone out there has an idea or advise worth pursuing.
For where we are, in a town of approx 5000 people with strong seasonal tourist trade, this is a prime retail space in the pedestrian street. We tried to rent out the space, but had no real bites in the last 8 month. Of course the Realtor thinks we should lower our asking price. Not going to happen. 90m2 with full height basement for 600.00/month seems reasonable to me.
So we tossed around a few ideas such as a Brocante shop or a better than average coffee shop, but made no efforts really. What else could work in small town France? Have any of you actually opened a retail style business, or do most of you focus on home based type enterprises to keep the overhead as low as possible?
Looking forward to some input and if you want to be part of the idea, we are open to suggestions.