Since 1992, Andrew Andoniadis has specialized in enhancing the profits of museum stores through his consulting services and programs. He has consulted with museums and has been a featured seminar presenter throughout the United States and Canada, and in Europe and Australia.
Andrew first worked in retail at age twelve pushing a broom in the back room of a men's clothing store in Deerfield, Illinois. He continued to work in retail through graduate school. In 1985 he developed the first retail store for Smith & Hawken, the nationwide marketer of fine quality gardening implements. Later, he co-founded Quinby's, a California based children's book, and arts and crafts store, that was sold to members of the Disney family in 1989. Twice Andrew has been able to take a year off to travel. Visits to museum stores around the world have added to the depth of ideas drawn on for current clients.
In addition to consulting, Andrew designs stores, and conducts store profitability assessments and on-site customer service and selling workshops. He also publishes the Profitable Times newsletter, available on this website, in which he has written about every aspect of museum store retailing and has recently released Museum Retailing: A Handbook of Strategies for Success, a compilation of articles written over the last several years. Andrew is the Technical Editor for the Retail Business Kit for Dummies book and is a regular contributor to Museum Store Magazine and other periodicals. He has trained, motivated, and managed volunteers and employees for a wide range of sales, buying and administrative responsibilities. Winner of the Museum Store Association's Service Award.