Frozen saga

Discussion in 'You couldn't make it up!' started by Newshound, Jul 15, 2021.

  1. Newshound

    Newshound Member

    Our story about new freezers continues. Initially we went for one 5ft chest freezer plus two small upright freezers that went above the chest freezers. With our original 4ft chest freezer this gave us a total of two ‘combi units’, and we would end up with well over three times the capacity of what we started with. A sizable investment for such a small shop but we envisage a good growth in raw dog food and frozen dog food is one thing that is not that easy to do online and, even if it is, it should not be subject to the deep discounting we are currently seeing on dry dog foods.

    We also took the decision to go with this combination as the internal door in the shop is only 65cm wide and the freezers are 63cm. With standard upright freezers at 70cm wide they just would not fit through the door without major demolition of the shop fittings and a 200-year-old door frame – something that in all honesty I am not happy to do.

    However, while waiting for our new freezers to clear the Suez Canal we had second thoughts and came to the conclusion that buying the 5ft freezer on its own might be the best bet, as we can always get more freezers as trade grows, and just buying the one chest freezer does double our current capacity.

    The company was very understanding when we changed the order and said there was a 5ft freezer in stock that could be delivered on Friday, which suited us as we could spend Thursday evening moving shop fittings and stock to clear a path from the door to the space allocated for this new unit.

    On the Thursday morning at 6.45am the phone goes and it's the delivery man with the freezer saying he would be outside the shop at 8.15am. Oh joys; walk the dog, have breakfast, move stock around and take delivery of the freezer, all in time to open the shop at 9am.

    Once the freezer was in the shop the first problem was it was actually too wide to fit through the internal door between the front shop and the back shop where we wanted it. So, firstly, the mouldings are prised from the door frame then a sheet of slat wall on either side of the door has to be stripped of stock and then unscrewed from the wall, remembering that they will have to go back on without any visible damage whatsoever. Then the 200-year-old door frame itself has to be cut in half just above the height of the freezer. It might have been better to remove the door frame completely but it is fixed to a 3ft thick stone wall with 6” nails, so isn’t going anywhere. So two hours of gentle demolition later and we get the freezer in place with only a few scratches on it!! So we spent the rest of the morning rebuilding the door frame and refitting slat wall. Being a shopkeeper is never boring!!

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