When you want to buy, own, and operate a little "mom and pop" grocery store, you have to find the right supermarket case products. There should be just enough cases to hold the products you want to sell, and yet be the correct size for your store. As an entrepreneur, this may seem like an overwhelming task, especially if your store property did not come with any cases. However, this is actually a lot easier than you think.
Appliance Sales and Service
Commercial appliance sales and service companies sell a broad variety of fridges, freezers, and commercial cooler cases. This is probably the first source to which you will turn anyway. You can get some prices on the cases you think you will need. Then you can take these prices elsewhere to shop around.
Stores that are going out of business, going bankrupt, and/or closing down often auction off their fixtures to cover their exit bills or stuff their retirement funds. You can attend these auctions so long as you show a copy of your commercial license. Then you can bid on supermarket cases as they come up.
Discount Commercial Sales
Commercial equipment, just like any other products, have their own discount and used goods outlets. Once you find out where these places are located, you can visit and browse. Like the full-price appliance sales and service stores, the discounted and used appliances are delivered to your store site. The only downside is that most of these stores do not supply service in the event that a freezer or cooler needs repairs. Most of the used machines also do not come with any warranty, so you may have some repair bills in the not-too-distant future.
Seized Assets Sales
The government can seize assets and property if owners are suspected of major crimes. When the property is not released back to the owners, it is sold. You can find these items for sale on government property-for-sale websites in your state and on federal websites as well (because any stores or shops opened in Washington, D.C., are considered federal property assets and not state property).
Last Ditch Effort: Online Classifieds
While it would be nearly impossible for you to not find what you need from any of the above routes, a last ditch effort is searching online classifieds. There are a lot of strange goods for sale in these ads. Who knows? You may even find a roll-top cooler in someone's garage for a vintage price, just in time to open your store.
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