Cold Storage Warehouse for Lease Or Rent - San Diego Metro

Last Updated Dec. 6, 2023

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If you are searching for Cold Storage Warehouse for lease or rent, San Diego, you've come to the right place. In this article, we cover three key topics, including:

  • An overview of cold storage warehousing.
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We've seen a significant amount of traffic on our site involving cold storage(cooler and/or freezer)-equipped warehouses for Lease Or Rent. We've pursued enough of these opportunities that we feel we've established a bit of a specialty in the area. We update our survey of properties periodically. As with any set of properties, their status is very dynamic, so expect us to have to research for you anyway to make sure things are still available and are what they seem to be. Unfortunately, Cold Storage space is in high demand, so you should generally expect some twists and turns as we work to find you what you need - including possible retrofitting of an existing warehouse with the type of refrigeration that you require. We’ll identify the best listed and unlisted Cold Storage Warehouses for Lease Or Rent in the San Diego Metro at no charge for you. Let us do the searching for you - it's what we do! If you need cold storage warehouse space in the San Diego Metro area, please contact us for more detailed assistance. In the mean time, read on for more information about Cold Storage warehouses.



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As an immediate border with Mexico, San Diego is an excellent place to have cold storage warehouses. Both food importers and exporters can benefit from having a secure, properly conditioned, and compliant place to store food. Local food distributors, restaurant owners, or chain partners can also benefit from renting or buying a Cold Storage Warehouse in San Diego to keep their inventory fresh and ready for the day it will be sold.

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There are a wide range of uses for refrigerated space in warehouses. This includes things like Food Preparation and Storage at various stages of the value chain, vaccines and other drugs, plants, and, interestingly, more obscure items like document and art. For completeness, this can also include display of articles at temperature, but this is more likely at the retail level.

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There are many complications with regard to Cold Storage. It tends to be expensive in terms of building, operating and maintaining. Your Cold Storage space is often built of necessity much like a building within a building because of the rigorous requirements. It must be sealed and extensively insulated. You must have ingress and egress - probably for humans and product from inside the building, and then if you are a volume operation you will likely need access through a dock directly connecting your cold storage space in warehouse with your cold storage transportation. All of these doors must be insulated and sealed as well. The space must be refrigerated throughout with temperatures carefully regulated. IF you need to store foods that require different temperatures, then you must create separators and regulate temperature differently for each area. If you are concerned about cross contamination between food types - like, say, you are doing some food processing in your cold space or for some other reason - then you must be able to certify what has and is being done in the area you are using and how it has been cared for. You'll probably need to be able to provide proof that what you've stored has been maintained at specified temperatures. These are some of the many complications...

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First principles - building out and maintaining Cold Storage capability can be an expensive proposition. For this reason at a minimum, unused Cold Storage space tends to be scarce.

  • Sometimes you will find facilities - often large - that have been vacated and are available to buy or lease. Figuring out if this type of facility is usable can be an undertaking. You will need to assess a wide range of issues - refrigeration methods, insulation quality and status, temperature ranges and divisibility, etc., etc.. You likely won't know exactly why the prior occupant decided to move out, so, of course, take care.
  • If you have the scale, you will probably want to at least consider acquiring land and building. Of course, this requires more capital investment, so it needs to fit within the financial strategy of your company. This method should be expected to be better for your company from a COGS perspective, but it's possible you'll pay a price in flexibility over the long term. Build your own is not a decision to be taken lightly.
  • Another is to find someone who's built it for themselve and determine whether or not they have space they aren't using and lease some space from them.
  • Another is to find Cold Storage equipped space already built that is for sale or lease and have your Broker help you lease or buy the space.
  • In the area of lease, there are people who build buildings to sub-divide the space and lease portions of the space to tenants. If this includes cold storage space, this could be your answer.
  • There are also 3rd Party Logistics providers that provide and/or specialize in cold storage and will sell you cold storage as a part of a logistics package.

There are likely other options, and any of these may be an option for you.

If you expect to lease cold storage space, divisibility of that space can be quite challenging depending upon your requirements. Simply equipping a stand-alone facility for a single occupant with a range of refrigeration requirements isn't a picnic either. Available cold storage space must be divided up to provide potential tenants with what they need in terms of space and temperature. If the Tenant's requirements are complicated, this can raise the expense levels significantly. Chances are good that the landlord will be asking you to commit to a longer-term lease or pony up some of the capital expense up front to accommodate your needs - or both.

It can be possible to retrofit cold storage into an existing facility - although it might not be "pretty."

If you simply require non-freezing refrigerated space, then you can often just build an enclosure within the subject building and equip that enclosure properly. You need to determine whether or not you need the refrigeration to include some or all of your dock area.

Freezing space is a different matter altogether. Retrofitting a large freezer space within an existing building will likely require demo-ing that portion of your foundation and re-installing foundation to a new specification. At that point, you would then build a chamber similar to the more simple refrigerated space above - except with more stringent requirements. In this case, frost is not your friend.

You and/or your potential landlord will need to hire a refrigeration specialist to help everyone get what they need.

If you are new to cold storage, likely no one would hold it against you if you decided that maybe you should have someone else do the cold storage for you. There are 3PL (3rd Party Logistics) providers in the industry who do this for many reasons including those outlined above. This can be a good way to start out if you still learning or even expanding into a new area. As you grow, you will learn more about what you need, and trade-offs you encounter with 3PL vs. those that you expect with having your own space will begin to favor a roll-your-own approach - at which point you should likely begin to look at it more seriously again.

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Survey Item 1 of 4 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Industrial & Flex
Transaction Type Lease
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IH-35
Property Descriptions
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 20
Office Square Feet
Actual: 1509
Total Square Feet
Actual: 36090
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Multi-Tenant
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Yard
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Esfr/High Pile
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Sprinklered
Further Description * 36,090 SF Building Size
* 16,166 SF Industrial Space Available
* 2.30 AC Lot Size
* Built 1968
* Masonry Construction
* 20' Clear Height
* Space is in Excellent Condition
* 1,509 SF office space
* ESFR fire sprinkler system
* 1 Grade Level Door
* 3 Dock High Doors
* 23 Standard Parking Spaces

This property comprises a 36,090 square foot building situated on a 2.30-acre lot, constructed in 1968 using masonry. Designed for multiple tenancies, it currently offers 16,166 square feet of available industrial space in excellent condition. This space includes 1,509 square feet dedicated to office use and 14,657 square feet designated as warehouse space, featuring a 20-foot clear height. Additionally, it's equipped with an ESFR fire sprinkler system and includes 1 grade level door, 3 dock high doors, and 23 standard parking spaces.

Survey Item 2 of 4 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Industrial & Flex
Transaction Type Lease
Location Keywords
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Loop 410 and I-35
Property Descriptions
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 22
Office Square Feet
Actual: 4000
Total Square Feet
Actual: 23168
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Multi-Tenant
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Dock Loading
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Yard
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Freezer/Cooler
Further Description * 23,168 SF Building Size
* 13,600 SF Industrial Space Available
* 1.12 AC Lot Size
* I-2 Zoning
* Built 1987
* Masonry Construction
* 22’ Clear Height
* 4,000 SF Office
* Freezer Space
* 2 Exterior Dock Doors
* 1 Drive-In Bay
* 30 Standard Parking Spaces

This property encompasses 23,168 square feet strategically positioned on a 1.12-acre lot with an I-2 zoning designation. Constructed in 1987 with enduring masonry, this industrial facility stands as a stalwart in the landscape, offering a robust infrastructure designed to accommodate multiple tenants with diverse operational needs. Standing tall with a clear height of 22 feet, ideal for various industrial operations. Within, it offers 13,600 square feet exclusively for industrial use. Notably, it features cold storage with a sizable 5,500 square foot freezer, guaranteeing the preservation of temperature-sensitive items, and a 1,000 square foot cooler. Alongside these industrial areas is a meticulously refurbished office space covering 4,000 square feet, offering a contemporary and pleasant environment for administrative tasks. It is well-equipped for loading operations, accommodating both dock-high and grade-level loading and offering a total of 30 standard parking spaces allocated for the convenience of employees and visitors.

Survey Item 3 of 4 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Industrial & Flex
Transaction Type Lease
Location Keywords
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Torrey Pines
Property Descriptions
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 10
Office Square Feet
Actual: 16000
Total Square Feet
Actual: 77839
Property Feature Keywords
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Multi-Tenant
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Dock Loading
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Freezer/Cooler
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Grade Level Access
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Heavy Power
Further Description * 60,828 SF Flex Space
* 10.24 Lot Size
* Built 1980
* Kitchen
* M Zoning
* Laboratory
* 1 Drive-In Bays
* Secure Storage
* Reception Area
* 10' Clear Height
* Shower Facilities
* City Water & Sewer
* Masonry Constructed
* 1 Exterior Dock Doors
* 16,000 SF office space
* Central Air Conditioning
* Near National University
* 165 Standard Parking Spaces
* Ample covered parking available
* Surrounded by beautiful park land
* Amps: 4,000 Volts: 277-480 Phase: 3 Wire: 4 Power Supply

This property was erected on 10.24 acres and constructed in 1980 using masonry features multi-tenancy. It has a building size of 77,839 square feet and currently offers 60,828 SF of industrial space under M zoning. It is connected to city water and sewer services. The power supply includes 4,000 amps at 277–480 volts in a 3-phase, 4-wire configuration. Features a clear height of 10 feet, one exterior dock door, and one drive-in bay. There are 165 standard parking spaces available. The property is surrounded by beautiful park land. Other features of the property include a laboratory, shower facilities, central air conditioning, secure storage, and ample covered parking. Inside the building, there is a kitchen, a reception area, and 16,000 square feet of office space.

Survey Item 4 of 4 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Industrial & Flex
Transaction Type Lease
Location Keywords
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Barrio Logan Transit Stop
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Park and Market Transit Stop
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Gaslamp Quarter Transit Stop
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San Diego International Airport
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Port of San Diego
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5 Freeway
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 7100
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Dock Loading
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Freezer/Cooler
Further Description * 7,100 SF Building Size
* 0.23 AC Lot Size
* Built 1940
* Metal Constructed
* CSR-2-R1500 Zoning
* 1 Drive-In Bay
* 12 Standard Parking Spaces
* 1 Exterior Dock Door

This property was developed in 1940 utilizing metal construction, and it features a 7,100 SF building on a 0.23-acre site. It has 12 regular parking spaces, 1 outside dock door, and 1 drive-in bay.

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