In the past, you had less choices than you do today when purchasing restaurant equipment and supplies. Now, you can either buy from a local dealer or look at buying what you need online. Buying such heavy and expensive equipment may be a tough experience. You might think that you will save money if you buy online and have your equipment shipped to your site. But, this may not be the best option for every restaurant.
Ordering equipment from a local dealer
Local restaurant equipment dealers typically have showrooms where you can view available products. They may also have outside sales reps working for them. These professionals work with you as a customer, helping provide information and quotes on whatever you are looking for. When an agreement is reached, the rep places an order and you will receive your delivery from the local dealer. Sometimes you do not have to wait for an order to come in because local dealers will have equipment and supplies on-hand and ready to deliver.
If you are not sure about your kitchen setup, a local dealer can provide design services. It is exciting when you see what they can come up with for you through the assistance of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD.) They take into consideration the space you have to work with, foot-traffic, local codes, your budget, and plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. The design process is also a great time to consider what types of restaurant equipment you will need and if you can splurge on something special.
Commercial kitchen maintenance
In addition to design services, a local restaurant equipment company can provide maintenance and service on your purchases. Regular maintenance is vital to the success of your restaurant. Whether you need a walk-in fridge or freezer repaired or an oven inspected, these companies can help. If you buy your equipment locally, the same company can set up scheduled maintenance to help your commercial kitchen run efficiently.
Other benefits of buying locally
Local equipment suppliers are invested in your community, so their reputation is on the line. Many suppliers are family owned and operated, with a good stock of supplies in their warehouse. Another benefit they should provide is 100% satisfaction with your purchases and their service.
A local restaurant equipment dealer may also be able to remove old equipment and dispose of it for you. Another thing to keep in mind is that a local dealer can work with you about the delivery of your purchases. If you need it before your business is open, a local dealer is usually happy to work with you.
The sales rep may want to schedule “start and adjustment” appointments with you. They will be there when your equipment is installed and again when you need to make any changes.
Buying restaurant equipment online
Online companies may only provide a website for you to order what you need. You may not have anyone to consult in this situation and you will have to pay for the products you order in advance. Your restaurant equipment will be shipped from the online seller or directly from the manufacturer. You are then responsible for receiving your equipment and placing it inside your commercial kitchen.
Almost everything is in your hands when you buy equipment online. If there is freight damage when your shipment arrives, you will have to file freight claims. Arranging to move heavy kitchen equipment is something you have to think about as well. You may be able to move some of the products yourself, but some weigh upwards of 500 pounds in the crate.
Restaurant equipment and supplies from Golden Light Equipment Co.
There is no “one size fits all” solution for every restaurant when it comes to choosing equipment and supplies. Your restaurant is going to have specific needs that must be fulfilled before it can open. The experts at Golden Light Equipment Co. can help you choose the best supplies and equipment for your establishment. Contact Us by email or give us a call today at (806) 373-4277 to learn more about our Products and Services. You can also stop by in person at our showroom at 1010 SW 6th Ave. in Amarillo, Texas.