British car parks could become hubs for ‘dark kitchens’ under proposals set out by a North American firm that specialises in transforming conventional urban spaces.
Miami-based REEF Technology has signed an agreement with parking management provider APCOA that will allow it to turn existing locations into distribution and logistics hubs for more efficient last-mile deliveries.
The deal supports APCOA’s vast network of 1,500 parking locations across the UK and Ireland.
REEF plans to launch delivery kitchens, on-demand food and retail services and micro-fulfilment-centres at sites operated by APCOA.
Kim Challis, regional managing director for the UK and Ireland at APCOA, said: “This collaboration with REEF makes the most of both organisations’ innovative and technology-focused strengths.
“It also provides a wide range of opportunities for the further expansion of APCOA’s Urban Mobility Hubs to deliver sustainable solutions and benefits to our clients, customers who use the car parks and to the local communities.”
Serdar Erden, EU COO for REEF Technology, added: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with APCOA to expand our customer reach and rethink the way urban spaces like car parks are used. We look forward to partnering together long into the future to bring the best goods, services and experiences to more neighbourhoods.”