3 Investments to Consider for Your Next Store Remodel Project

Date Posted: March 25, 2019
3 Investments to Consider for Your Next Store Remodel Project

In the brick-and-mortar world, store remodels offer several benefits, from helping retailers to increase in-store sales (sometimes even up to 50%) to giving restaurants a fresher, more appealing look than their competitors’.

Remodels can also help restaurant businesses to revamp and modify their interior and exterior elements to meet current consumer buying trends and food trends.

But besides helping restaurant owners to remain competitive and adapt to their audience’s preferences, remodels provide opportunities for brick-and-mortar businesses to focus on preventative/predictive maintenance, reduce their overall energy spend, and pursue asset management via different investments.

Though this is by no means a comprehensive list, there are new technologies and systems restaurants can invest in during their store remodels which can offer an excellent ROI, extend the life of your equipment, and enhance your brand:

  • Energy management systems
  • LED lighting
  • Food temperature monitoring systems

Discover their benefits and the ins and outs of each in today’s blog post…

1) Energy Management Systems

Most businesses use cloud-based systems in some form or fashion, so it makes sense that in the world of energy management, we’ve seen the emergence of cloud-based energy management systems (EMS) in the past 10 years or so. A cloud-based EMS can deliver numerous benefits to restaurants—especially multi-location chains.

Most energy management systems give you the ability to monitor, set, and control all of their HVAC systems remotely from one single dashboard. That way, you can control the temperature of your buildings, yield energy savings, identify system issues before it’s too late, and get real-time notifications of any potential failures.

But that’s not all; some cloud-based EMSs allow you to control and monitor your lights as well.

Contact us (spdsales@hitachi-hta.com) if you want to learn more about Hitachi’s energy management solution.

2) LED Lighting

Energy management systems aren’t the only green technologies that have experienced rapid growth and industry hype in recent years. Light-emitting diode (LED) lights have become particularly popular for new buildings and store remodels, and for good reason: they produce proven savings and efficiencies.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy:

Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, the widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.”

This because LED lights last longer (sometimes 25 times more) and use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent lights. They can also improve a restaurant’s internal ambiance.

As a result, it isn’t surprising that LED lights are increasingly becoming included in facility upgrades and remodels. In fact, some corporate offices have actually mandated that their franchisees update their stores to have LED lighting.

3) Food Temperature Monitoring Systems

While energy management systems are useful tools for monitoring your HVAC systems, what about the other equipment in your restaurants like salad prep coolers and industrial freezers—including your freezer and cooler compressors? Food temperature monitoring systems like HiQ eSystems can help with this.

Much like energy management systems allow you to remotely monitor your HVAC systems, solutions like HiQ eSystems can help you remotely monitor your food-service equipment and detect potential equipment failures. You can protect your assets with automated asset monitoring and receive 24/7 alerts (voice, text, and/or email) so you can act before spoilage hits your bottom line.

Consequently, you can ensure that your hot, cold, and cooldown temperatures meet federal and state requirements so that you can avoid costly food safety violation fines. And lastly—and most importantly—you can protect the health of your consumers.


Store remodels—when done correctly—can yield positive results for restaurants.

They also pose the opportunity to invest in systems that allow you to work smarter, not harder; focus on future benefits; take a more proactive (as opposed to reactive) approach to maintenance and asset management, and; reap energy savings.

So, for your remodel project, why not consider investing in an energy management system, LED lighting, or food temperature monitoring systems?