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Cold Storage Warehouse for Sale - St. Louis Metro

Welcome to our Warehouse Finder property type information pages for the St. Louis metro area? We are striving to provide you with the best information in the most timely fashion. If you are looking only for a sample property search/survey, you can click on our survey for this property type for the St. Louis Metro Area, or view the outline and more detailed information in the full article below. You may also click on our St. Louis Metro Home Page to review more information on the St. Louis Metro Area and the services we provide.

We've seen a significant amount of traffic on our site involving cold storage(cooler and/or freezer)-equipped warehouses for sale. 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. If you need cold storage warehouse space in the St. Louis Metro area, please contact us for more detailed assistance. In the mean time, read on for more information about Cold Storage warehouses.

The following sections comprise this article. Each section heading in the list is also an in-page link so you can skip to the sections in which you have the most interest. Skip directly to the search/survey page, or view the outline below:

In addition to this sample search/survey page, we have the following other pages of this type that might interest you:

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Uses for Cold Storage Warehouse Space

Cold Storage Word Cloud Infographic

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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Complications of Cold Storage Space

Outer View of Cold Storage Area With Closed Insulated Doors

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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How Do I Acquire Cold Storage Capability?

Photo of Inside View of Large Cold Storage Space

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.

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Divisibility - Cold Storage

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.

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Retrofitting Cold Storage to an Existing Facility

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.

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Cold Storage 3PL

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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What Do We Mean When We Say Survey?

When a client asks us to help them search for a property to meet their needs, we go to the best listing services and to our fellow Commercial Real Estate brokers to pull together all the information available for properties meeting the stated client requirements. We validate the information to be provided - likely by talking directly with the selling or leasing brokers - and then help our clients go through this information to help them select the best fit properties, from which the client would select properties they wish to tour. We are posting an abbreviated version of a search we've either performed for another client, or one we've performed particularly for this article. We call the information provided in this article a "Survey," and we'd love to turn this survey into a full set of search results based upon your requirements! If you don't see a survey in the next section, it just means we have't gotten around to it yet. If you need this type of property, please do let us know and we'll contact you to get started. The search we perform for you will include most or all categories you see here, plus information about pricing, other expenses, availability, and anything we can find regarding other requirements you provide for your use case. We would provide all of this, along with any available flyers, photos, and detailed information regarding each property.

This standard brokerage service is provided at no cost to you as it is ordinarily included in the transaction and paid for by the seller or landlord.

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Survey of Cold Storage Warehouse Spaces For Sale - St. Louis Metro

This survey for Cold Storage Warehouse for sale in the St. Louis Metro has yet to be completed. If you would like our Affiliate to focus on this for you, please let us know.

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What to Expect if We Create a Survey of Properties or Spaces for You

The market for Commercial Real Estate is very dynamic, and information regarding an available property can change from day-to-day, hour-to-hour, and even minute-to-minute. When you provide us with your requirements for a given property type, we perform a new search, validate all of the information, and provide you with the most reliable information we are able. The information we obtain for you is obtained from what we believe to be reliable sources. The statements and representations made are from these sources and not the statements and representations of the broker putting together your requested search.

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Next Steps - St. Louis Metro Area

We are working to put in place a Broker Affiliate for the St. Louis Metro area. To make contact with us, please use our chat widget to the bottom right of your screen, call the number at the top right of your screen, or got to our form page to send us your contact information and a summary of your requirement. For more information about our St. Louis Area Affiliate, and more about what we do for you, please visit our St. Louis Metro Area.

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What if I have a Property or Space I'd Like to List for Lease, Rent or Sale?

If you like what you see here and you have a property or space you want to put of the market, please contact us and we'll provide you with a no-obligation listing consultation. To make contact with us, please use our chat widget to the bottom right of your screen, call the number at the top right of your screen, or use our listing information form to send us your contact information and a summary of your property.

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What if I'm a Broker with a Requirement from a Valued Client that I Can't Service?

What we do here at Warehouse Finder is identify and manage Broker/Affiliates in Metro areas as they work to help valued clients get the property or space that they need. We aim to be the best at what we do. If you have a requirement you can't service - most likely for a Metro area you don't serve - please contact us using our chat widget at the bottom right of your screen, call the number at the top right of your screen, or use our Broker Requirement form to send us your contact information and a summary of the requirement you would like us to address for your valued client. We will reach out to you as soon as practical to discuss the requirement and terms for proceeding.

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