Groupon Sinks Mt. Airy Market

WHYY’s Newsworks has an interview with Amy Kunkle of Food for All in Mt. Airy. The market that specialized in food and goods for the allergy-sensitive is closing and at least to some extent, places the blame on Groupon. Over a three-month period Kunkle says the Groupon deal cost her nearly $10,000.

UPDATE: The store’s owner is upbeat with a number of people offering her loans. [Newsworks]

Groupon deal tanks Mt. Airy business [Newsworks]
Why Philly Restaurateurs Ge tGrouchy About Groupon [Philadelphia magazine]

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  • no

    Either Amy Kunkle knew the math going in and didn’t care, in which case she is a fool and would have gone out of business anyhow, or she didn’t understand the math, in which case she would have gone out of business anyhow.

    In short, blaming groupon is a serious copout.

  • Steve

    Agree 100 %. Anyone who gives up $23 for every groupon worth $30 for a 3-month period deserves to go out of business….it was her own responsibility to do the math and see if it was a good deal for her store. Nobody forced her to use Groupon

    • Amy Kunkle

      wow, your sensitivity is overwhelming (that is sarcasm)! I want to set the record straight that I take full responsibility for agreeing to the groupon deal. It doesn’t make me an idiot and it doesn’t mean that I deserved to lose my business. It means I made a mistake. Maybe you should try to be a little more sensitive and realize this may be a hard time! Thank you.

    • Amy Kunkle

      wow, your sensitivity is overwhelming (that is sarcasm)! I want to set the record straight that I take full responsibility for agreeing to the groupon deal. It doesn’t make me an idiot and it doesn’t mean that I deserved to lose my business. It means I made a mistake. Maybe you have never made a mistake and in that case it’s fine for you to judge so harshly.

  • Mike

    If that math is correct, blames on her….making a great sauce or dish is one thing, making a profit on it is another thing entirely! That said, Groupon is CANCER for the restaurant/food biz…particularly in the Philly region! You’d be hard pressed to find a “cheapskate” metropolitan area in the country than Philly…from the Main Line to the River Wards everyone wants a “deal”….most times, you get what you pay for!

  • Christian

    From the Newsworks article: “Kunkle doesn’t blame Groupon itself, but said she did not fully understand the risks.”

    I completely agree that a business owner should be responsible and do the math, and that she would have had difficulties if she wasn’t able to understand the math, but it doesn’t change the fact that Groupon is predatory. If Groupon is making false or unsubstantiated claims regarding repeat business, anticipated spending, or guaranteed cash flow, shame on them.

    Groupon is truly exploitation in its truest sense and feeds on nothing but the desperation of struggling small businesses.

  • Poor Management

    Your mistake was you took an un-calculated, completely calculable risk without the capital to handle the risk of a loss leader. Also, you admit your business was a break-even (vanity) project. This is why so many restaurants fail; they are run by chefs who don’t understand the concept that groupon is a loss leader!

    This is why seasoned, trained companies succeed and MODERN small Mom and Pop business fail. In the 80s, the Mom and Pop stores weren’t vanity projects, they were small enterprises that existed too feed their families, not “break-even” vanity projects.