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Retail, Shops, Food & Drink

Retail uses for shipping containers are endless, ranging from a single standalone unit to a large retail complex comprising of multiple containers. Typical uses include pop-up container shops, town centre shopping parks, seasonal markets, and sales kiosks (selling anything from tickets, souvenirs, ice creams and vaping products), coffee shops, farm shops, surf stores and water-sports bases.

Shipping containers for retailers are especially well suited to venues off the beaten track, seasonal visitor attractions, at or adjacent to sites and environments where it’s not permitted or practicable to build permanent retail space.

Available in sizes from 8ft to 40ft shipping containers give designers, architects and clients the opportunity to create strong and robust buildings with a modern iconic design and a long life-expectancy. Upcycled shipping containers have genuine environmental credentials, they have a role to play in the circular economy maximising longevity, future reuse and therefore minimising resource use and waste. Also usually available from stock.

Containers can be cut and shortened as required by the space or purpose. Furthermore most converted retail containers are suited to being lifting by crane from above or forklift from below and some designs can be shipped overseas for use in remote parts of the world or to assist with the redevelopment of disaster stricken areas. A great example of their use in response to a natural disaster was Container Mall (also known as Re:Start) in Christchurch, New Zealand after the 2011 earthquake – see details here

Container Café conversions are probably our most popular retail container enquiry, providing an ideal environment for both start-up businesses and franchises. Quick and easy to design and build, they can be in the form of a kiosk, booth or pop-up shop and moved around from event to event, place to place or festival to festival.

Just like the container that has travelled the world, its culinary uses are truly global, serving pizza or ice cream from Italy, tacos from Mexico, sandwiches from Kent, pasties from Cornwall, sausages from Lincolnshire, or just selling good quality local produce.

Nearly all events have a bar, whether it’s at a live concert, festival, street fair, carnival or seasonal market. Shipping containers provide a striking and modern space that is portable, easy to set up and remove afterwards.

  • Bar in a Shipping Container
  • Cafe in a Shipping Container
  • Retail shop container conversion
  • Lazy Llama Container Cafe
  • Stage 2 of a container conversion
  • Stage 3 of a container conversion
  • Stage 4 of a container conversion
  • Serving hatch open on converted cafe container
  • Rear view of converted cafe container
  • party roof added to converted container bar
  • food kiosk container conversion in progress
  • Pizza kiosk container conversion in progress
  • exterior container cafe bar
  • exterior of container coffee shop conversion
  • interior fitted out container bar
  • double container bar
  • container bar being delivered to site
  • base of container bar conversion
  • secure party area on top of converted container bar

Retail, Shops, Food & Drink case studies

  • Lazy Llama Café

    Team Delivers Vision For Sisters’ Coffee Company

    Two sisters have seen their joint business ambitions come true with the opening of their new café, housed in a converted container.

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    Lazy Llama Container Cafe
  • Newquay Trampoline Park

    Shipping containers play central role in new trampoline & play park

    Portable Space provide containers linked together for food preparation and servery areas; playrooms, a briefing area & first aid room, and toilet blocks

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    Shipping Containers and Cabins - Trampoline Park
  • National Maritime Museum

    Converted container helps enhance customer experience at National Maritime Museum

    Portable Space were asked to fabricate and install a cut-to-size 40ft container to appear in the museum to showcase this history of transportation.

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  • The Priscilla Bacon Hospice

    Shipping containers serve as ideal base for charity pop-up shops

    Using shipping containers for a series of pop-up charity shops provided the perfect solution for a major construction company with a commitment to helping its local hospice.

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    Retail shop container conversion

Contact Us About a Container Conversion Project

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Alternatively feel free to call us on 01449 782123

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