Respecting other businesses applies to finding locations in other instances as well. Parking close to a brick-and-mortar restaurant with similar fare may not please its owners. Since food trucks are more prone to trouble with the law, it is a good idea to avoid situations where law enforcement may become involved. In general, when parking outside of any type of business, a food truck owner should make sure it’s okay with the establishment’s proprietor.
In fact, when a food truck owner introduces himself or herself to the owner of another business, they initiate a relationship that could become something more of a beneficial partnership.
Designing collaborative events is a great way to attract more customers to both businesses. In some situations, simply parking outside of another institution can attract more customers for both businesses. For example, if a food truck gets permission from a gas station owner to park in its lot, the food truck will gain patrons who would normally purchase food from the gas station and the gas station will attract more business as people driving by in need of gas and lunch see that there is a food truck open on the property.
Even if some sort of mutual attraction is not the end result of building a relationship with another business owner, it can at least create a lasting and steady location for a food truck. Getting to know the owner of a bar where a truck parks late at night will foster a friendship in which the bar proprietor expects the food truck and possibly even saves space for it to set up.