To Reskin or Replace: The Four Things to Think About When Remodeling Your Store
Thinking about a store remodel? Replacing existing refrigerated display merchandisers can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Not only are replacement costs incurred for the new equipment, but budgets must account for the removal of the existing case(s), disposal, and subsequent installation of the new case(s).
Here are the four things to consider to make your remodel a successful one:
1. Refrigerant Position
- Is the store scheduled for a refrigerant change out?
- If so, can the existing case be retrofitted easily enough? Often, valves must be replaced or retrofitted to ensure proper case operation
2. Coil Condition
- Are existing coils acceptable?
- Visual inspections and performing refrigerant leak checks will help determine coil condition. If able, evacuating refrigerant, pressurizing coils with nitrogen to perform pressure tests will put confidence in existing coil condition
3. Tub Condition
- Is the tub free of corrosion and are drains free and clear?
4. Interior Color
- While changing exterior color schemes is an easy process, as the color swatch matching for both paint and bumper color is standard, changing case interiors is more challenging
- Case uprights are integral to cases and are not practically replaced. If the current case interior color is to remain, all interior components are easily replaced with new: shelves, wire racks, bottom deck pans, and other components.
As brick and mortar continues to change, strategically leveraging a reskin program may save key dollars to be used to improve services, fresh options, format, and technology within the store. SIMPLE!