Strip Clubs in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Strip clubs enjoy relatively constant demand. Although changes in consumer spending (per capita disposable income) and behavior (smoking and drinking) can create year-to-year fluctuations in strip club revenue, demand for the industry as a whole persists over time. Despite recession-induced dips early in the period, IBISWorld expects overall revenue to increase during the five years to 2012, and revenue is expected to grow through 2017 on the back of renewed consumer spending and pent-up demand. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Strip Clubs industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Despite some fluctuation during the recession, the industry enjoys stable demand

Proprietors within the Strip Clubs industry like to distance themselves from the image of seedy, smoke-filled relics from the past. Instead, they hype and design their establishments as high-class gentlemen's clubs and cocktail lounges that just happen to offer as their primary forms of entertainment dancers who “strip” themselves of clothing as they perform until they are in a nude, semi-nude and or bikini-clad state. It remains unclear whether this business strategy has paid off; strip clubs enjoy relatively constant demand. Although changes in consumer spending (per capita disposable income) and behavior (smoking and drinking) can create year-to-year fluctuations in strip club revenue, demand for the industry as a whole persists over time, according to IBISWorld industry analyst Josh McBee. Despite recession-induced dips early in the period, IBISWorld expects overall revenue to increase at an annualized rate of 4.5% during the five years to 2012. In addition to relatively stable demand, strip clubs benefit from a rather unusual business model in which their entertainers work as contractors rather than full-time employees. Strippers pay club owners a fee for access to the stage. In turn, the stripper gets to keep whatever tips received from patrons during the course of a shift. This model helps keep wage costs low for owners while also generating another stream of revenue in addition to cover charges, food and drinks, VIP services and dues collected from performer tips, in some cases. The downside to the industry consists mainly of changing regulations regarding such employment plans, obtaining licenses to sell food and alcohol, and pressure from some communities to locate elsewhere.

The Strip Clubs industry is expected to push through such challenges, continuing down its current course of redefinition into the high-end spectrum of the nightlife market through ongoing renovations and upgrades to facilities and technologies. Revenue is expected to grow 6.2% in 2012 on the back of renewed consumer spending and pent-up demand created during the recession, which will bring the industry's total sales to an estimated $7.4 billion, McBee says. Performer services are estimated to generally make up the bulk of revenue, followed by beverage and food sales. Through 2017, growth is forecast to persist.

The Strip Clubs industry is highly fragmented, with a large number of owner-operated local and regional enterprises. Few companies manage to operate multiple proprietary clubs across state lines, and no clubs generate revenue greater than 5.0% of the overall industry's revenue. In the United States, Rick's Cabaret International is estimated to be the industry leader with a 1.0% percent share of the industry's total revenue. Between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2011, Rick's acquired 12 existing nightclub operations and opened one more. In addition, the company acquired a media division that has enabled greater marketing and advertising opportunities. Market share concentration is forecast to remain low, as tighter regulations in cities and towns across the country make it difficult for larger operations to expand. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Strip Clubs in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Companies in this industry operate adult entertainment venues in which striptease or other erotic or exotic dance is regularly performed for males, females or mixed audiences. Establishments may also serve food, beverages, alcohol or offer patrons the opportunity to bring their own beverages. Firms that only license brand names to clubs without directly operating them are excluded.

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