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By: Kevin Ahern on May 28th, 2015

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How a Renovation Can Help your Small Commercial Kitchen

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Renovations can save you money, strengthen customer loyalty, improve safety at your facility, and generally ensure that your commercial kitchen is at the forefront of dining trends. By investing in the right renovations, you can help to ensure that your small commercial kitchen will be in business for many years to come.

Save Money and Protect the Environment

Depending on the age of your kitchen's appliances, plumbing and HVAC system, your commercial kitchen could be hemorrhaging money from many different sources. Older appliances become more inefficient as they age. These inefficiencies can lead to wasted money spent on utilities. The right renovations can save your business hundreds or thousands of dollars on your utility bills, while also using less energy and reducing your business's carbon footprint.

By installing green appliances like energy efficient stoves, dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators and griddles, your business could save money on electricity, gas and water. The EPA's ENERGY STAR program estimates that installation of an ENERGY STAR certified commercial water heater alone could save your commercial kitchen as much as $1,500 per year. Outfitting your entire kitchen with new ENERGY STAR rated appliances could save up to $4,800 per year on energy costs alone.

Increase Customer Loyalty

Renovations that improve traffic flow, widen aisles or increase table space in your dining room all improve the customer experience and increase the chances that first-time customers will become repeat customers. Green renovations attract customers with an eco-conscious agenda, while aesthetic renovations attract customers seeking an improved, higher-end dining experience. By tailoring your renovation to your target customer base, you can deepen your customer's feelings of loyalty and may attract entirely new customers to your restaurant.

Renovations that improve customer convenience, like parking lot and bathroom improvements, can also influence customer decisions to return to your establishment. Here are a few examples of renovation types that can attract new customers while strengthening relationships with older customers:

  • Adding additional toilets and family-friendly facilities to the bathrooms.
  • Repaving an old, difficult to navigate paring lot.
  • Widening the dining room to give customers more space and privacy at tables.
  • Replacing toilets and faucets in the bathroom with low-flow ENERGY STAR rated fixtures.

Improve Employee and Customer Safety

Some renovations can improve customer and employee safety, reducing the chances of accidents and their associated costs. Renovations that update old wiring, add extra space to high-traffic areas, improve lighting and increase security at your restaurant can all save your commercial kitchen money and protect the reputation of your restaurant in your community.

For more information about how your commercial kitchen can be renovated and improved, contact an experienced contractor in your area. Businesses in the New Haven area can contact Litchfield Builder for a consultation today. With over 20 years in the business, Litchfield Builder can provide you with expert advice, helping to ensure that your commercial remodel is a success.

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