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Cool store

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A cool store or cold store is a large refrigerated room or building designed for storage of goods in an environment below the outdoor temperature. Products needing refrigeration include fruit, vegetables, seafood and meat. Cold stores are often located near shipping ports used for import/export of produce.

Food storage building with chillers

Cool stores have been an essential part of the shipping industry since the late 19th century. Christian Salvesen expanded from a small Scottish whaling company when they established a cold store in Grimsby, then a major fishing port.[1] Nine Elms Cold Store, constructed in 1965, could hold 16,000 tons of meat, cheese and butter. It closed in 1979 and was used by squatters and various illegal activities before being demolished towards the end of the century.[2]

The stores themselves vary in size. A thirty hectares (74 acres) cold store with 200,000 tonne capacity was planned for Wuhan, China. [3]

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  1. ^ "Obituary - Sir Gerald Elliot, former chairman of Christian Salvesen and patron of the arts in Scotland". Herald Scotland. 8 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ Hill, Andy (31 October 2016). "16 creepy London stories to get you in the mood for Halloween". Time Out. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  3. ^ Fruitnet (2008-10-31). "China's biggest cool store planned for Wuhan | Fruitnet". The Global Fresh Produce Portal. Retrieved 2010-01-02.[permanent dead link]