New startup on a tropical island--looking for input

Discussion in 'New User Introductions' started by Rhemdla, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Rhemdla

    Rhemdla New Member

    Mar 20, 2017
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    Saipan CNMI
    Hello all,

    I am thinking of getting back into the pizza biz after being away for 15 years. I currently live on Saipan, a US territory near Guam. Other than one old national franchise, there is no competition here. Population=50,000, with a monthly tourist influx of close to 60,000, all from Asia.

    My biggest problem is the cost of sourcing food and utilities. The commercial power rate here is .43/kWh, and the cost of LP gas(my only option) is $5.85 per gallon. I want to bring in a Baker's Pride deck at 120,000BTU, but that alone will run me over $2,000 a month in gas, and it's 100 degrees here everyday, 365 days a year. So my power bill will be obscene.

    I can't make the numbers work, and I think I may need someone to talk me out of this.
  2. d9phoenix

    d9phoenix Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2012
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    Boulder, CO
    Crazy thought, But Solar setup with an electric oven ?

    Initial cost and setup high, but once it is installed minimal expenses. Or you could you do a combination of electric/gas maybe ? Just more crazy thoughts