Businesses cut expenses by relocating, downsizing

BRADENTON — To survive these tough economic times, some small businesses in Manatee County are getting smarter and more creative to save on rent.

Several local business owners are cutting costs on retail or office space by relocating, shifting to an at-home business or using virtual workplace services.

These alternatives come with some challenges, but business owners say it’s a fine tradeoff for the sake of keeping their company going.

"No one has money, so obviously we cannot raise our customers' prices," said Nick Bucciarelli, co-owner of Pup In A Tub. "So we had to trim the fat elsewhere. That meant a smaller space, less rent."

Bucciarelli and his brother Rick Vitale moved their dog-grooming business about three weeks ago out of the Palma Sola Shopping Center on Cortez Road to save on rent.

The move took Pup In A Tub from a 1,700-square-foot location at 7338 Cortez Road that cost about $3,000 a month to 800 square feet at 8108 Cortez Road at $750 a month.

"It was a big savings," Vitale said. "It was a reasonable way to stay within the budget so at least you have the chance to be successful."

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