Unique Activities For Your Grand Opening

While social media and online networking is taking over many marketing plans, a retail business should still hold a physical grand opening where they can invite customers into their store and solicit sales. Every company is, and should be, unique in what they do for their grand opening of their business. The activities and opportunities are endless, but should be tapered to your specific community. Some ideas are listed below that I have used and I have seen being used in the past:


Unique Attractions / Activities 

  • Bling (primarily for cell phones, computers, etc.)
  • Battery Cover Engravings (primarily for cell phones)
  • Face Painters
  • Fashion Show
  • Petting Zoos
  • Bounce House
  • Sumo Wrestling Rings
  • Dunk Tanks
  • Henna Tattoos
  • BMX Stunt Demo
  • Climbing Walls
  • Balloon Art
  • Food / BBQ, Cotton Candy

  • Half-Court Shot
  • Prize Wheel
  • Raffle / Fish Bowl
  • Putting Green
  • Text Messaging Trivia Contest (who doesn’t have a phone these days?)
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Existing Customers
  • Chamber of Commerce Ribbon-Cutting
  • Local Celebrities
  • Charity Organizations
  • Local Clubs and Organizations (i.e. high school marching band, football team, drama club, etc.)


What was the best grand opening activity that you have ever seen?

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