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5 things you need to know about renting kitchen space

If you are thinking about renting kitchen space to start or expand your brand, there are five very important factors to keep in mind when you begin your search for kitchen space.

  • What is the delivery radius?

This of course is only relevant if you are renting a kitchen space for food delivery. As you no doubt are aware, all of the food delivery apps place a delivery radius to ensure that food is warm and fresh when it reaches the customer. The radius depends on various things like location and time of day, but you should make sure that the location you are renting a kitchen space in is within a suitable distance of the market you want to serve.

  • Keeping costs down

Renting a kitchen space through Occupyd is far cheaper than fitting out your own or even renting a ‘dark kitchen’, but cost is still a factor. The average kitchen space on Occupyd is £100 a day but there are usually discounts for booking for longer periods of time and you can often negotiate the rate with the space owner.

  • Sufficient storage space

Something to bear in mind when renting kitchen space is the amount of storage you need. Wether that is dry storage, fridge or freezer space, check with the space owner that their is sufficient room for you and that there won’t be confusion over who owns what at the end of the day. Ideally you will have designated space and should label your belonging so nothing is muddled up.

If you’re going to be renting kitchen space to join one of the big delivery food apps, you are going to want to ensure that riders can easily access the kitchen for pickups.

  • Access for delivery riders

If you’re going to be renting kitchen space to join one of the big delivery food apps like Deliveroo, Uber Eats or Just Eat, you are going to want to ensure that riders can easily access the kitchen for pickups. What you must avoid is a busy high street location with only frontal access onto a road that is impossible to park. The ideal kitchen for this purpose will be on a quiet street or even better, have a back entrance to an alley way where riders can pull up for collections.

  • The hours you keep

This is especially true if you are going to be renting kitchen space alongside another business. For example if you are taking over a cafe in the evening, you will need to be very clear on when the cafe stops trading and clears out for the day. You don’t want to get under each others feet and cause any problems for each other, so having a clear understanding of your start and end times will be really important.

We know it can be difficult finding commercial kitchen space for rent when you’re starting a brand new food business or taking your existing one to the next level. That’s why Occupyd gives you access to flexible commercial kitchens to rent, available on terms that suit you. 

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