How To Set Up A Low Cost Standard Shawarma Spot

The A-Z Of Setting Up Your Shawarma Spot

Shawarma business is a very profitable business with a 55% profit margin. I was fully into the shawarma business for 5-8years before going continental so I know my onions.

I started my shawarma business from scratch and I have also helped in setting up several shawarma spots of different sizes and budgets and trained over 1000 students.


Because of the numerous messages requesting for more information, I have written a book (See picture above) that covers ALL in details ($10/N5000). Buying this book also gives you the opportunity of a free direct consultation and mentorship with me which is normally worth $250.

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Location: I wanted to skip this point because It is expedient for you to have your location.

However, in my experience as a Chef and Entrepreneur, I got to realize; once you miss it in getting a good location for your shawarma spot, Your business already is “60 percent failure”.

Nothing is more important than securing a spot that has great inflow and outflow of people (footfalls).

It might be a popular lounge, market square, bus stops, Higher Institutions, a central location for organizations, etc.

Anything less than these places will require you to have a lot of luck, favor, and a secret recipe that customers will lose their home training for.


Since it’s a spot, I will not advise for elaborate structure. Most times, I have seen several spots with only a mini-canopy while many only use two metal table support; one, for the Shawarma grill while the other for the presser.

What is majorly important is for your environment to be clean and if you are by the roadside, it should be tarred because of dust and sand particles affecting your displayed meat


I have written extensively on the materials needed and how to prepare a very delicious and tasty shawarma. (Click to read)

So there is no need repeating myself here again. However, these are the equipment needed and prices; Note that price are subject to changes.

Shawarma Grill/Local Grill

This post is about starting a shawarma spot for all (Rich or not).

So If you are financially buoyant, I will advise you get the rotating shawarma grill; be it electric or gas However if you can’t afford it, go for the fabricated flat grill.


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If you are a skilled shawarma maker, you will understand that there is need for you to seal the ends of the wraps.

There are two types; The locally made ones and the industrial made which can be gotten from Jumia and any other online shops.

Hence need a flat surface sealing Machine. There are other short cut to this machine However, it is needed for you to get one so as to have a standard outlook.



Other Equipments

* Plastic containers

* A chopping board (For your vegetables)

* Set of knives

* Meat Pickers

* Scraper Tool

* Hand Brush

* Chairs and Table (Just few since it’s going to be majorly takeouts)


Except you are prohibited, this is a very important part of your set-up. Your spot must be lively. In addition to playing music, you can add interesting stuffs to do while they wait for their shawarma to be ready. Example includes Board games, Cards, Magazines and Newspaper etc.

The purpose of going to these length is to show your customer that you care about them. It’s always more than just selling shawarma. You must understand that people tends to go where they are appreciated and wanted.

Do these and you will only experience growth. Trust me, it is a tried and trusted advice from me to you. (How I kept my customers for many years without losing any)


If you decide to open a Suya spot, pastry shop or even main course/entree, I might not linger on this point.

However, there is something about shawarma business and branding that can’t be unraveled or underestimated.

No matter the size of your spot, you must be ready to brand yourself and your product. These will ultimately add to your product’s value.


  • Branded Outfit: You should have 2 or 3 shirts or uniforms displaying your company name and product
  • Branded Pack: Either nylon or Paper, endeavor to brand it
  • Business Cards: Have your nice business card you can staple on every sale so they could easily call for order or your location if they forgot.

See also: How to start a low cost Sachet water Industry (Nigerian Pure water)


It’s a known formula; the more you sell, the bigger your profit. So, always create a delivery channel for your clients who can’t leave their house or companies due to various reasons.

You will be surprised how much sales you will make and your output and profit will definitely triple.

In summary, Building or setting up a shawarma spot is an easy task. What will set you apart is the strategies and creativities you develop for your spot.

Wishing you best of luck in your endeavors and don’t forget to sign up for our mail so you won’t miss any of my posts.

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  1. Hello There!
    How are you doing today, I hope you’re good.
    I’m Bruno a Student of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State Nigeria. I’ve been planning on setting up a Sharwama joint in my school a good location in the sch premises I’ve got but don’t really know how to get started cause I don’t have the equipments but have the skills, my research shows me that the equipments are quite expensive and I really don’t think I’ll get it any where around here, can you tell me where in Lagos I’ll get cheaper (like #30k) equipments for a start and I need tips…
    And lastly can I start a Sharwama joint in my school with the Necessary equipments with atleast #30k?
    Thanks for this Platform, have a nice day Sir…
    My Number: 08125295248

  2. Please I need ur advice I will love to start a shawarma spot in Lagos but the issue is I need advice on some good locations to start it because I know that a good spot is good for the business. I want to put someone their since I am currently undergoing my NYSC at Ogun State and I don’t know if it is a good idea. How much is enough to start because I don’t have much?

  3. Hello sir!
    I plan on venturing into the sharwama business. How much capital is needed to set it up.

    1. Dear Kayafat,

      Thank you for reaching out. I would love to be of help. Also note that our consulting services might include little incentive and I have a shawarma machine for sale at a very affordable price should you need it

  4. I want to start a shawarma business too and I have 500k to start it up.. please I may need your help in knowing one or two
    Things and how to successfully run the business and be the bull in the business

      1. Hello I am from South Africa and as an individual who is also thinking about venteruing into the schwarma business i found this quite informative as well as the comments.

        1. Thank you for your kind words. I have also written a book about setting up a shawarma spot that yield millions which include my shawarma untold secret recipes. Reach up via WhatsApp +234 8107699626 to get your copy

  5. Planning on venturing into the shawarma business, do you have any idea where I can get some of these equipment listed. I’d love a feedback from you.

    1. I can get you a contact if you are in Lagos. I also have shawarma presser that I can sell to you at 60% discount. It is stil in great shape and can last for 10years.

  6. Planning on starting up a shawarma business too..I need guidelines on how to pull through..

  7. Hello Mr Wale! Good day. Pls I intend setting up a Shawarma spot in P.h but would want to know via my email the cost of constructing a mini Shawarma cart like the one you have on your sample picture. Pls below is my email address: [email protected]
    Well detailed write up. Thanks and God bless you.

  8. Hello Chef Wale! Good morning. Pls I urgently need to know the cost of constructing your same Shawarma mini cafe/box/cart. Pls can you reach me with the cost price of constructing one via my email? I intend to construct one right away. Thanks for the great write up.
    My email: [email protected]

  9. Thanks a bunch Chef Wale for this detailed information without a cost, you are such a good man.

    I intended setting up a shawarma business, although I do not have much capital, but I want to be coached by your before I set it up, I need your guidelines please.


  10. I’m planning to start a shawarma business…I need who will train me and also know everything abt how am gonna go abt it.

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