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What is a Modular Dark Store or Kitchen?

15th December '21

What is a Modular Dark Store or Kitchen?

A term you will have no doubt come across online, or possibly heard in a conversation in passing. But put on the spot, could you define what a modular unit is?  

A Bit of Background

Modular Dark Kitchens for the purpose of delivery first sprung up around 2015, when PKL partnered up with Deliveroo to provide a ground-breaking service which is proving to be more than just flash-in-the-pan for the industry as whole – a market which is forecast to reach 71.4 billon U.S. dollars by 2027. Deliveroo needed an immediate deployment of existing rental modular kitchen units which would allow them to work with different restaurant operators to expand their business and introduce a food-delivery model into their operation. 

Modular Myth-Busting

“But… modular units aren’t easily customised” 

This could not be further from the truth. Modular by its very nature is a customisable, scalable asset that provides the client with a multitude of combination potentials readily available. The beauty of modular customisation allows untold levels of adjusting and ‘tweaking’ according to personal and logistical preference. The bespoke nature of the modular offerings sets them apart from the rest in accessibility, uniqueness, and cost effectiveness. Want to add an extra unit due to an increase in grocery delivery orders? Need to swap out items of catering equipment due to a menu change? Want to move your dark store or kitchen to a new location due to higher footprint? All of these can be achieved through modular units.

“But… modular units are lower quality” 

The misconception of low quality is potentially the most prevalent in the modular unit discourse. The assembly operation is entirely robust and, in many cases, ensures the solidity and stability of the modular units surpassing the traditional brick and mortar alternatives. As modular kitchens and dark stores are most commonly used as rental assets, each time it comes back off hire, every aspect of the unit is refurbished so that when it’s used again, it’s pretty much brand new! 

Modular Measure-Up

Size really does not matter when it comes to modular offerings. The true marvel of modular units is the sheer scalability it allows both start-ups and established businesses alike. Need more floor space? No problem – simply order another unit, it will be added on to your existing unit – instantly doubling your operational size. The ability to allow your business to grow with your needs, rather than your needs outgrowing your business size is a key factor in what establishes modular as king in the delivery kitchens and dark store arena.  

This is then compounded by both the low-cost and fast-paced nature of the modular units. 

Fast-Fit Future

So, you’ve already got a warehouse or large indoor space ready and waiting to use as a delivery kitchen or dark store – but what would be the most cost effective, efficient way of using the space? That’s where our modular Fast-Fit Walls enter the equation.

These modular walls can be installed in a matter of days – allowing for untold levels of customisation of your space whilst accounting for power installation and other key services your business may need. The key selling point of our Fast-Fit Walls is how easily they can customise any large indoor area into separate delivery kitchens or dark stores – all of which can be altered in size simply by taking down and re-adjusting the available space!

How can Lowe Help you?

Want to find out how a modular delivery kitchen or dark store can benefit your operation? Contact us today.



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