I have started a service that allows liquor stores to show their products and pricing on my website, giving them full control of their profile, etc. The idea is that users will go on the site and search through the inventory that they are showing online and then go into the store and make the purchase. The website is still closed to the public because I want to populate the website with stores before launch. It has been difficult signing up stores pre-launch but my question is this:
With your experience in other industries with a similar concept, was there a magic number of stores/users/etc that was needed prior to launch?
I do not want to have too few stores before I launch because then users will not see the value in using the website and not come back. However, signing up many stores prelaunch will take a long time and possibly angry stores that I had already signed up. Also, I think stores will be more willing to use a service that is already up and running. I am planning to start the service in Southern California and grow from there.