How To Start Provision Store Business In Nigeria For Profit


In this post you will get to know the steps to take in opening provision store. Come to think of it, provision store business seems to be one of the easiest business to start. Take a look around your area I am sure you have people who are selling provisions under umbrella, kiosk, wheelbarrow etc. This is to tell you that you can actually start this business with any available capital.

However, to start provision business and be consistent in growing it you have to put some things into considerations. It may interest you to know that there is no item you display for sale that won’t get buyers. Almost every home make use of one item or another on a daily basis, ranging from toiletries, beverages, snacks etc. So you have a ready market already.

But the way you set up your store will attract certain caliber of customers to your shop. I’m sure you understand what I mean if it looks shabby and disorganized you will welcome few persons that don’t care as your customers. But make it standard neat and attractive you will get sofisicated customers. Do you know why some provision stores are considered as mini supermarkets it is because of the settings.

Like any other commercial business you have to write a provision store business plan in other to succeed. But first determine how you want to start the business. Is it as a retailer, wholesaler or distributor? Each has different mode of operation even though it is the same business.

Things Needed to Start Provision store business

  1. Capital

Capital is the number one thing that will determine the category you belong. If you have less than #100,000 you will consider retailing, more than #100,000 you can do wholesale, millions can start distribution business. That bring us to the question often asked, ‘how much do I need to start a provision store’?
Any amount can start the business even if it is #10,000 you stock your shop according to that amount. But to start averagely, you will need about #500,000 but to start big time one million will do.

In your capital you have to capture money for:

  • Container or shop,
  • Wood for shelves, you will pay carpenter to do it for you the woods should be good quality so that ants will not raise them down easily.
  • Tables to display some items
  • Chairs for you and your customers to sit and wait
  • Books for inventory
  • Cartons for packaging items bought
  • Nylon for wrapping other items.
  • Wheelbarrow, For big provision store to convey customers goods

2. Shop

Your store should be positioned in a strategic place and made visible for all to see. There are some places you go to except you ask you will not be able to locate where a provision store is simply because it is opened to capture only the people residing in that area.

The size of the shop will depend on the capital and the type of provision store you are starting with. You need a small shop if your capital is small so that the few items you showcase in the shop will appear plenty. People natural bypass shops that look scanty because they believe it will not have all the items they want to purchase.

Provision store business

Provisions Items List

  • Soaps for bathing and washing,
  • Cream
  • Indomitable
  • Biscuits
  • Beverages,
  • Pampers
  • Matches,
  • Toiletries
  • Drinks,
  • Custard
  • Batteries,
  • Chin chin
  • Detergents,
  • Candle
  • Sweets and candy,
  • Bulb
  • Tissue papers
  • Insecticides
  • toothpaste,
  • Salt
  • Macaroni
  • Spaghetti
  • Sugar,
  • Salt,
  • Noodles
  • Seasoning
  • Relaxer
  • Dettol
  • Hypo
  • Izal
  • Super glue
  • Bread
  • Bleach
  • Cornflakes
  • Baby food. Etc

You can sell anything buyable in your shop ranging from food items, cosmetics, bookss, gift items alongside with the provision.

The prices of provision items are not fixed, the change according to the countries economy and cost of manufacturing. For instance, powderred Milk that used to go for #1,000 is ńow #1,200 because there is an embargo in their importation. The same apply to many other provision items.

Identify where you will be buying the provision Items

You should be able to get more than 5 distributors or wholesalers on ground as the case maybe; so you can always purchase your items from them. The reason being that if this one does not have they other one will have. Once you purchase from them, they will be the ones to be bringing the products to your shop. And some will drop the items for you to sale, then come back later for the money later.

In Akwa Ibom State, Eniong Street and Nepa line are known for provision wholesale and distribution business.


Do not procrastinate, if you have the money start provision business immediately. My sister was looking around for shop to start a supermarket for more than 3 months she couldn’t find a good place. And her capital kept on depleting every day until I found a place for her inside the market. She is doing fine in the business.

How to Make Money in Provision Store Business

You have to spread your capital to capture almost every fast consumable products. Purchase more of want is highly demanded in your area for sale. Don’t in the name of trying to buy everything you think will be bought go and buy the things that will take a long time to sale. You can keep those kind of items one or two for customers who will need them.

Reduce price especially if a customers ask you to do so, by so doing you will get that customer to yourself. You can use another item to make up for the one you deducted.

Provision business is very profitable even though the profit for one item is very small, #10, #20, #30, #50, highest #100. When you sell these items in bulk you make good profit. For instance, if you add #50 to an item and you sale like 100 items in a day that will fetch you #5,000 for a day, in a month you will make more than #100,000 as profit.

That is why I like wholesale provision business in Nigeria although retailers make more gain in an item than wholesalers. An item that a wholesaler makes like #10 a retailer will make about #50.

Mini-supermarket, provision store business

Items that Sales very Fast

Indomie, biscuits, snacks, beverages, tissue papers, soaps, detergents, insectivides etc.


Provision store business is profitable that is why you see people that start small expanding within a short time. Having a knowledge of how to start a profitable provision store is very important so write a provision store business plan before you start. Look for provision store images so that you will know how to set up your own.

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    • @Caleb is not compulsory but is ideal. My sister didnt go fot training because a family friend who is into the business had shop very close. She helped her with the pricing and the business. But our family friend went for training for more than 3 months before opening her own

  1. Thanks so much for the ideas,plz the place where I’m selling provisions we are 3in numbers and I don’t really stay there that much,my idea is to be distributing around my areas,plz what do you think?

    • Start a sub-distribution maybe biscuit from there you can be adding more things since you like supplying aspect of it

  2. Thank you so much Eno Johnson. Your ideas are really helpful at this time. They are what I really really need now.

    Please can I reach you via WhatsApp?

  3. Go morning Mrs Eno
    I want to start up a provision /cosmetics shop in my street in onitsha, where can I see a distributor to buy from?

  4. Madam pls i want to start a retail provision store in my street but want to borrow money like 200k.can i recover this money and pay back in two months from this business??.. advice pls

    • Please dont borrow. Starting of business and establishing it is a gradual process. Provision is not a get rich can of business. It works on return if you pay back how will you continue the business

  5. Thank you very much madam eno Johnson, I really appreciate ur teaching, plus I want to start provision business in uyo but Dere are lots of competitors in my area Aka Itiam, which other area is advisable pls

  6. I really love this write up .it’s very comprehensive.but I av a question .How can I start a provision biz from my house (wholesale ) because I don’t have much to allow me rent a space . thanks ma

    • You can start at home provided it is a concentrated area. When people know that you are selling wholesale they will trace you

    • Please start with foodstuff and be adding provision small small like indomie, soap etc With foidstuff you can make money fast to grow the business

  7. Please ma I have started a cosmetic wot of 60k but I want to add provision wot of 100k, can I be able to add peovision with 100k

    • @Azubike, when you get to the dealers shop tell them you are new in the business and want them to give you fast moving products, they will do it for you

  8. Good morning ma, please I will need your contact for more assistance as am about to start my provision business , I mean your number please

  9. Very impressive 👍
    You Worth more to call mentor, I was really procrastinating, but your ideas helps allot

    I want to ask a question, how much can someone use in this falling economy to set up exacts provisions indicate in that picture 👆
    Any idea from you will help allot, THANKS

  10. Good morning ma’am, please can someone start wholesale and retail supper store in a 12 by 12 shop also can you help with the distributors contact in Port Harcourt those into it will not want to help.Thanks.

    • yes you can but how you arrange the shop matters. I’m sorry I dont know any, find out if anybody from your church or religious gathering, they will be in the best position to help

  11. Hello Ma’am thanks alot for the information. I have been looking for this opportunity for a long time and have it now. Please I want to start a provision store but I have to write business proposal for it and send to my sponsors for fund. Could you please help me how I can go about this? Is very urgent. Thank you ma.
    Kind regards

  12. Comment:thank you ma is test on business plan that we are asked to wrote in school but with your help i score the highest mark thank you ma

  13. Thank you very much for this.. But can 500k open a provision store including shop rent, deep freezer, generator, counters, A. C(or fans), etc and how much to register a business

    • @Amy, it depends on which of the registration you are going for but Ventures is from #15,000 and above depending on who is doing it for you


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