You may have noticed that large retailers sometime lend out space to smaller companies. These vendors often have a kiosk within the store and offer services that the larger retailer doesn’t provide. For instance, a lumber company may rent space to a window salesman, or a home improvement store may offer space to a floor installer. It’s a benefit for the smaller vendor because they can be seen by more people, and it’s a benefit to the larger store because their customers can take care of the purchase and installation all in one location.
However, there is something to be aware of when doing business with these independent contractors. Just because they are located in the larger store doesn’t mean that their services are guaranteed by that store. Before you complete the deal, check with the manager of the larger store to see what the policy is. Otherwise, if there is a problem and the vendor goes out of business or doesn’t do the work, you may be out of luck and a great deal of money.