How to Install a Hotel Pantry For Under a $1000
By Janine Roberts Director of Sales and Marketing, Tradavo | August 03, 2010
Hotel pantries are an enormously popular and highly profitable offering for thousands of Select Service and Extended Stay Hotels who offer their guests that added convenience of onsite shopping for snacks, quick meals, beverages and forgotten amenities. Programs like Marriott's "The Market" and Hilton's "The Suite Shop" bring guests added convenience, while adding millions of dollars to Revenue and Profits for their brands.
And while many of these programs are national programs that are developed and supported at the corporate level with standardized layouts, millwork and planograms, adding a pantry offering to your hotel does not require a lobby renovation or an exorbitant budget. Hotel pantries consist of a few must-have items that can be leased or purchased inexpensively and very quickly for managers who want to add $ to their Sales Per Occupied Room numbers.
To get an entire pantry installed, really requires no more than a 6' space on a wall, about a $1,000 in shelving and fixtures, and an onsite engineer with a drill and a level! This entire investment can literally be recovered in your first 60 days of sales.
Location, Location, Location
Your first step toward offering a hotel pantry is to identify a space in your lobby suitable to offering a hotel pantry assortment. This may be on a wall in your lobby, in an under-utilized business center, or even on an empty wall behind your counter if you are concerned about theft.
Items you should consider when you select a space are:
- Proximity and clear view to the front desk to deter shoplifting and easily monitor out of stocks.
- Electrical outlet that will allow you to plug in a refrigerator without stringing extension cords.
- High traffic area – making sure that it is highly visible to guests who might otherwise head out the lobby door to spend their dollars at a convenience store instead of at your pantry.
Selecting Fixtures that Fit the Lobby and the Brand