Food Hall Business
Plan Sample

Food halls aren’t mall food courts. The food courts in shopping malls focus on large fast-food chains, but food halls include local mini-restaurants, assorted food shops and vendors, and even butcher shops.

Similar to the rise of food trucks in the late 2000s, these halls are becoming more and more popular as customers move away from large fast-food chains to support local eateries. 

Over the next five years, food hall revenues are expected to increase 4.8% annually to $5.5 billion. Business plans are crucial for any business, but especially for food halls. Every market is unique, but we highly recommend following a clear structure.

An effective food hall business plan will maximize your chances of raising capital. You can use this document as a roadmap to help keep your business on track by laying out goals and strategies.


Food Hall Business Plan Template

A Food hall business plan template should include the following sections. Let’s look at a food hall business plan template and discuss what each section should include.

Food Hall Business Plan Template

  1. Executive Summary
  2.  Business Overview
  3. Market Overview
  4. Target Market
  5. Competitive Analysis
  6. Competitive Advantages
  7. Swot Analysis
  8. Marketing Strategies
  9. Funding Request
Food hall business plan template

1. Executive Summary

The Terrace Food Hall, LLC in Downtown Springfield, MA will offer spaces to local food and beverage artisans & eateries. 

Sharing allows food businesses to reduce the high upfront costs of opening traditional brick and mortars while still maintaining an individual footprint.

The Terrace Food Hall will feature local eateries and restaurants, while offering cross-meal ordering in shared seating areas.

2. Business Overview

The company will offer food vendors gross rent structures. Rent includes real estate, janitorial service, and maintenance of common areas.

Also, the company will offer shared storage space, a freezer, and refrigerator. Carts in the lanes will also be rented to mobile vendors (such as candles and cell phones).

The Company will have third-party designers and architects on its panel. Tenants are responsible for their store design, architecture, kitchen, equipment, and management

Organizaton structure of food hall business plan template

3. Market Overview

There were 86 active food hall projects in the U.S. at the end of 2017 and 118 at the end of 2018. About 30 new projects have been added annually over the past few years.

Assuming no “rumored” projects, 180 food halls are likely to exist in the U.S. by the end of 2019, although the real number may end up being closer to 190. As we move forward, we anticipate 300 projects by the end of 2020

market overview of Food Pitch Deck Template business plan

4. Target Market

In a mall food court, there is a common seating area surrounded by food vendors. Fast food vendors typically provided mall food as an amenity to shoppers who were at the mall primarily for shopping.

Consequently, The Terrace Food Hall targets local artisans, restaurateurs, and eateries.

In contrast, food mall visitors are Millennials. About 80 million young men and women born in the 1980s and 1990s make up the millennial generation. They are:

  • Responsible for a huge portion of the quick-serve industry.
  • Twelve times a month, they visit fast food joints.
  • Compared to other generations, they spend a lot on food.
  • They eat out more often because they don’t cook.
  • Creativity and innovation are top priorities for Millennials in fast food restaurants.


Food Hall Business Plan PDF: Market Overview

6. Competitive Advantages

The following is a listing of the primary competitive
advantages of the Company upon entering the market.

  • Owner’s experience
  • Highly-trained staff to ensure unmatched customer service
    and experience
  • Located in the downtown area
  • Highly visible location with a suitable consumer base in
    close proximity
  • Available 365 days a year

7. Swot Analysis


  • Knowledge and experience of the owner
  • Customer service commitment
  • No food hall within a 15-mile radius of the
  • Excellent location and visibility
  • Community oriented
  • Cultural diversity in offering food
  • Convenience and value of money
  • Flexibility for customers desire
    to implement their architecture
  • Available 365 days a yea


  • The company needs funding and working capital for a successful launch
  • As a new business, the Company must build its credibility
  • Fixed cost are unavoidable


  • Increasing popularity of the
    food hall industry
  • Growth among demographic
  • Increase in per capita income
  • Ability to attract event


  • Instability of the US economy leads to unpredictable market activity
  • Larger companies that have more resources and the ability to reach deeper into the market

8. Marketing Strategies

Social Media

  • Community engagement is also a driver for Millennials. They expected to be engaged and listened to. The Company will use social media and location-based tools to create and participate in dialogues with Millennials.
  • The Company will manage its brand on social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. By sharing photos of the premises, such as on Instagram as a foodie photo, the Company will direct targeted customers into the food hall.

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MileStone of Food Hall Business Plan

9. Fund Request

Fund Request
Startup summary food hall business plan

Projected Income Statement

The Terrace Food Hall, LLC intends to deploy its funding to maximize growth and profitability. In the Income Statement table below, gross margin equals sales minus direct costs. The “bottom line” or profit (as measured before and after interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) equals gross margin minus operating expenses.

income statement of Food Pitch Deck Template business plan sample

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