I shot some photos of a store's interior for a blog that was highlighting that particular store. Is it legal for me to sell prints of the interior of that store? The photo just includes chocolate in a display case. In this case I am referring to a store in New York state (USA).
IANAL, and this advice is U.S.-centric 'cause that's where I live and work... but this is how my lawyer explained it to me for my own photography business... If the picture was taken on private property and the store is identifiable, you do need to get a location release in order to be able to sell it. If, however, the store is not identifiable, you can go ahead and use it as you see fit with no need to acquire additional releases.
Of course this correctly brings up the question of 'identifiable to whom?' Generally the test is that if the image is inflammatory or libelous towards the business owner and is not being used in an editorial capacity then the test is 'is the image identifiable to the owner of the business.' If it is not an inflammatory or libelous photograph then the legal test is less strict- 'is the business identifiable to the general public.'
Now I will say again, IANAL, this is U.S.-centric advice, and is general advice... The laws and policies in your specific jurisdiction may vary from these general guidelines, so do your homework and/or hire a lawyer if need-be.
Tough question. If you show the owner and or current manager the respect of asking, more times than not I would imagine that they would be ok with it. You might as well have them sign some kind of release if they are agreeable just to be on the safe side. The reality of it is that most places would love the extra PR!
Obviously if a business is media oriented and they depend on that for their source of income, it would be a different situation.