This blog post is part of a series of our storage facility partners and tenants—showcasing the positive impact they make on the Northeast Ohio community.
Below, we share one business’ story. What’s yours? If you’re a local, Northeast Ohio business, and a Security Self Storage partner or tenant, contact us to schedule an interview. We’d love to tell your story too.
Bringing Healthy Vending to Cleveland
Traditional vending machines offering candy bars and salty snacks are no longer the office staple. Professionals want healthy food options to stay focused at work.
Fresh Healthy Vending, based in San Diego, California has a mission to bring healthy snacks, drinks and meals to corporate break rooms across the country.
Enter local couple Patrick and Kristin Connaughton. Patrick always wanted to own his own business. With his family’s passion for fitness, working in health foods was the perfect venture for their lifestyle. They worked with Fresh Healthy Vending to establish Cleveland Healthy Micro Markets, LLC in 2015.
The franchisees have brought eight micro market vending kiosks to businesses in Northeast Ohio “and they’ve already bought 13 more that should be deployed over the next few months,” according to Crain’s Cleveland Business. Their goal is to bring 100 micro markets to businesses throughout the Cleveland area this year.
The quick and easy self-checkout kiosks offered by Cleveland Healthy Micro Markets feature health food products including fruits, sandwiches, juice, salads and more. Office workers can enjoy nutritious foods while balancing a busy work schedule.
“Healthy food choices are lacking in most work environments. My family is excited to be able to give people a healthy food choice that will positively impact their well-being,” Pat Connaughton said. “This is truly exciting for us.”
Self-Storage Solutions for Healthy Food Vendors
Connaughton works primarily out of his home office, but houses all of Cleveland Healthy Micro Markets LLC nonperishable items—such as bottled drinks and wholesome snacks—with Security Self Storage in Westlake. Connaughton notes that the climate controlled space is perfect for protecting his foods while also offering comfort and convenience for his team during the winter months.
Fresh foods are same day delivery, which he transports in a refrigerated unit in his delivery van. He visits the storage unit multiple times a week to sort non-perishable inventory and pack his delivery van for distribution to Northeast Ohio customers.
“You can drive right in and you’re out of the elements in a safe and environmentally controlled environment, which is very beneficial,” Patrick Connaughton said. “When I leave the unit I don’t have to worry about my inventory being at risk—it’s always secure.”
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