Advice for Planning Dark Store Maintenance during COVID-19 from MaintenX

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As more businesses are forced to temporarily shutter their storefronts, MaintenX International offers tips for ‘dark store’ maintenance.

MaintenX's super service team is ready to help facility managers with their dark stores,

MaintenX International knows how to help facility managers with their dark store needs.

Especially during the uncertainty generated by COVID-19, it's important for businesses to maintain dark stores so they can resume operations as quickly as possible after the pandemic subsides.

As restaurants, bars, shops, and clubs shutter storefronts and move business online, many are faced with a new challenge – the dark store. While dark stores do not see the same foot traffic as regular storefronts, regular preventative and reactive maintenance is still an important component of success. MaintenX, an essential businesses, is ready to provide critical maintenance services to customers from coast to coast.

“Especially during the uncertainty generated by COVID-19, it's important for businesses to maintain dark stores so they can resume operations as quickly as possible after the pandemic subsides,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “A well-managed dark storefront can quickly be reopened and is a positive reminder of your presence to people in the community. In addition, should you choose to rent or sell your storefront in the future, a properly maintained property provides a much stronger sell.”

For more than 40 years, MaintenX team of trained professionals has served as a one-stop-shop for local businesses and their facility needs. In these uncertain times, MaintenX offers to following tips for businesses to help maintain a dark store:

1.    Use Time to Make Repairs
Don’t leave repairs for the future. Use this unexpected downtime without employees and customers to complete noisy, messy maintenance or upgrades. This will also provide something to look forward to when the storefront opens again.

2.    Keep Curb Appeal
Curb appeal matters. Dark store maintenance plans should combine aesthetics and safety. MaintenX’s experts recommend examining exterior features like building paint, window condition, parking lots, and doorway, entrance lighting for signs of aging and damage. These maintenance needs can improve the look of a business and reduce the likelihood of injury or theft at the property.

3.    Looking Good with Landscaping
Another important element of curb appeal is landscaping. Colorful flowers, healthy trees and nicely-trimmed bushes go a long way to patrons and are a positive reminder of the products and services you offer. By maintaining landscaping, a dark store can look fantastic and signal that a shop cares about their business and their community.

4.    Plan Ahead for Preventative Maintenance
Businesses that have a proper preventative maintenance plan in place are able to reduce the likelihood of expensive, unexpected breakdowns to important systems like HVAC, plumbing and electrical. Routine maintenance can also help stop a minor issue – like a leaky pipe – from turning into a costly major disaster.

For more information about MaintenX and to learn more about setting up a maintenance plan for your dark store, visit

MaintenX International is a fully licensed, facilities repair company. As one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for their clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in an area, the company has established a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country for continued superior service for their clients. For more than 40 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains and Fortune 500 companies nationwide. matter if the need is roofing or plumbing or electrical services. Rather than engage multiple companies to fulfill a variety maintenance needs, MaintenX provides unique peace-of-mind with their ability to manage a suite of services from curb to roof.

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