When To Invest In A Walk-In Cooler or Freezer

A growing kitchen or business requires growth, and with growth requires the increased need for more cold storage space. With a walk-in cooler or freezer you can easily add more cold storage space to your business, whether it be inside or outside of the building. There are walk-in unit options available for all types of businesses - from restaurants and delis to craft breweries and convenient stores. Here are some tell-tale signs that it may be time to upgrade to a walk in cooler or freezer.


Running Out Of Space - often times a restaurant will store chilled or frozen items inside of a small walk-in unit inside the restaurant, or a local gas station may have a reach-in cooler for customers to grab drinks from. But what happens when the business grows and you need to keep more items on hand? This is where a walk-in cooler or freezer comes into play. If you are running out of cold storage for food, drinks, and other items that require temperature regulation it may be time for a walk-in cooler or freezer.


Food Storage Losses - if you are storing temperature controlled goods but finding that you are being forced to throw out perfectly good items just because you need more space, it may be time for an upgrade.


Menu Items - restaurants often times have a revolving list of food items on the menu, and will often times adjust for items that they can’t keep a constant supply of. Upgrading or installing a new walk-in cooler will allow for more space to store more items, allowing chefs to keep / add more items on the menu.


Food Storage Safety - as businesses grow so does the amount of items they keep in cold storage. There are requirements for proper ways to store food, such as meats. Cooked meat and raw meat should never be stored on the same shelf, and increasing the size of your walk-in cooler or freezer will allow more storage space to ensure all stored items are handled properly and safely.


Energy Savings - a larger, more energy efficient walk-in cooler or freezer will save you more money in the long run than if you were to be using several smaller, less efficient fridge and freezer options.


Organization - if you are finding yourself spending too much time re-organizing your cold storage areas in order to make space for new items, you should look into upgrading or adding more walk-in cooler or freezer space to your business.


Growth Projections - as your business begins to grow you may realize that in the near future you will need to expand several aspects of the operation in order to meet the growth demands. Purchasing and installing a walk-in unit ahead of the growth is a smart and efficient move to get knocked out ahead of the large influx of growth, and reducing the downtime associated with installation that can occur during a busier period.


Limited Internal Space - if your business just does not have any more space inside the building for more cold storage, you can look into an outdoor walk-in cooler or freezer unit. All that is required is an piece of hard, level surface area for the unit to be placed on top of and you are good to go.


If you are finding yourself stuck with any of the problems below it may be time to begin looking into investing in a walk-in cooler or freezer unit. Hoodmart offers a Walk-In Builder Tool that can help walk you through the process of choosing the perfect walk-in unit to fit your business’ needs.


HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of walk-in coolers and freezers - as well as all walk-in accessories such as door hinges, kick plates, and light fixtures. HoodMart Walkin Coolers are Guaranteed To Pass ALL City & State Codes. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers are UL Listed Panels and Doors, NSF Listed, EISA & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Compliant, and Listed and Certified for all States, including City of Houston, State of Oregon, New York City. Custom Hurricane Approved Units Available. If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your walk-in cooler or freezer, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.800.715.1014 or by contacting us through our live chat system.