If you offer a large number of group lessons and open skating sessions, then you'll probably draw a predominantly beginner-level figure skating crowd, which will require you to place and emphasis on smaller sized figure skating boots. On the other hand, if you have a sound "learn to play hockey" program, a hockey emphasis may be warranted.
Just by thinking about these considerations, you probably already have an intuitive sense about how many skates you'll need. As a benchmark, the typical rink facility needs 300 to 500 pairs of rental skates to effectively serve its customers. Of those, 65-70% are usually figure skates and 30-35% are hockey. But every rink is unique. Your salesperson should have formulas available to help you determine a ballpark figure for your facility.
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