Refrigeration firm prospers as restaurants rent coldrooms

A Hampshire-based refrigeration provider is seeing demand for rented coldrooms from the restaurant sector after racking up its first year in business.

Cold Store Rentals says it has enjoyed a “hugely successful” first year in the market after setting up to offer German and Italian-built refrigeration units on a flexible basis. Working alongside established sister companies Ice House Hire and Kool Trailers, the company can supply everything from a one-day rental to five-plus years.

Its customer base includes food companies, pubs and restaurants as well businesses from other sectors, such as wholesalers and pharmaceutical companies.

Steve Prior, director

Steve Prior has nearly 30 years’ experience of the industry.

The business was founded after industry veteran Steve Prior joined forces with Tom Scott, who is a shareholder of the sister companies, which have been providing event hire cold rooms to prestigious projects such as Buckingham Palace and Royal Ascot for the past eight years. The pair created Cold Store Rentals to broaden capability within the sector.

Scott said: “We have always purchased Viessmann cold rooms for their durability and quality, so when we learnt of Cold Store Rental’s offering we took the opportunity to combine our short-term trailer business with Ice House Hire, and introduce a tailor-made long-term cold store solution for our customers. Steve has been in the cold store rental industry for the past 28 years and the combination of our existing set-up, and that of Cold Store Rentals is a unique opportunity.”

Tom Scott, director

Tom Scott says that Cold Store Rentals specialises in Viessmann coldrooms.

He added: “The partnership between the three businesses is invaluable, because we are able to offer the marketplace a unique system for all customers in a way that no other UK company can – it’s a bespoke storage solution. We are able to provide emergency or short-term event cold rooms, to longer term bespoke-designed, modular cold rooms.”

Cold Store Rentals’ package includes short (one day to three months), medium (three-to-twelve months) and long-term rentals (three-to-five years) as well as equipment leasing and sales. The firm also installs and commissions small point of sale display cases and chest freezers.




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