Are you considering a fish and chip shop refurbishment? When it comes to a new refit, there’s a lot more to it than you might have thought.

At Mallinson’s, we’ve been manufacturing frying ranges since 1920 and when it comes to your fish and chip shop refurbishment, our handy checklist will help save you time, stress, and money in the long run.

Take a look below and see if you’ve covered everything you need to know when it comes to your fish and chip shop refurbishment.

1. Make sure you have planning permission 

Whilst many fish and chip shop refurbishments are straightforward with no additional planning permission required, it is always worth double-checking before you start anything… just to make sure. This is especially important if you’re planning any external work.

2. Carry out a site visit

Mallinson's site visit

We will be part of your refurbishment team and would always recommend a site visit early in the project. This allows you to gain a better understanding of what will work in your shop space, from dimensions and special features, to storage and serving design ideas.

3. Think about how you want your new shop layout

How you set out your new equipment can make all the difference when it comes to working within your newly designed space, as well as cost impact. We can talk things through with you to assess the best design for manoeuvrability, as well as cost considerations when it comes to moving equipment around. Even if you’re only moving a range by a few centimetres, it may mean additional (and costly) changes to your gas or electric supply or your extraction system.

4. Ensure you’re clear on your shop plans and design

fish and chip shop designs

Being clear on the design you want through the use of technical scale drawings, sample boards, and agreeing materials early on will save time and potentially additional costs later on.

5. Stand out with new shop signage and branding

A new fish and chip shop refurbishment is the perfect time to look at your overall branding and what sets you apart from the competition. Have you considered a fresh new design and shop signage to tie in with your new range – something that really brings out any key selling points you have as a business? A good design agency could help you to bring new ideas to life.

6. Choose your frying range and accessories

Take time to consider the type of frying range and accessories you want for your fish and chip shop refurbishment. Are you looking for a sleek, modern design, or would you prefer a traditional look? At Mallinson’s, we offer both traditional style frying and continental open-top designs with an almost limitless selection of decorative frontages. We can advise on and recommend what would work best for you. When it comes to accessories, there are lots of useful options to consider too, from fridges to storage freezers, chip scuttles to batter mixers, and what about hot boxes and blanching racks? As always, what you get will largely depend on your budget, but it is essential you take into account everything you need and factor it all into what you can afford.

7. Fitting

frying range installation

At Mallinson’s, our own Gas Safe engineers install our ranges to the highest standards. We’ve been manufacturing and supplying frying ranges for more than a century, crafting ranges by hand using techniques our engineers have refined over many years. We take immense pride in our quality guarantee – producing high quality ranges at the lowest possible cost to our customers – taking care to apply it to each and every service we offer.

8. Hire professional gas and electricity companies

Hiring the right professionals to ensure everything from a gas and electric perspective is in place in your shop before the new range is installed is essential. We will engage with your professionals during your fish and chip shop refurbishment to make sure this goes smoothly. 

9. Double-check your insurance

Before you start any work on your new fish and chip shop refurbishment, check your insurance. Make sure it’s up to date and you know what it covers you for.

10. Set your budget

Do you have a budget in mind? Make sure you know exactly how much you can spend and stick to it. At Mallinson’s, all our costs are clear and transparent so you know exactly what you’re paying before we even begin.

11. Create a timeline 

Be realistic when it comes to how long your new fish and chip shop refurbishment could take. Our years of experience means we know that when you are coordinating multiple different trades you should build flexibility into your schedule! 

12. Who will be the project manager? 

Decide if you want to manage the project yourself or if you’re happier to pay a project manager to coordinate everything for you. Gas engineers, electricians, builders, tilers, glaziers, decorators, joiners, roofers, and others will all be required on-site at various defined points in the project before the new range is installed. 


We hope our checklist has given you food for thought when it comes to planning your new fish and chip shop refurbishment.

If you’d like to run through any of these points, would like a no obligation visit to talk through your ideas, or would simply like to know more about our service and products, please get in touch.
We look forward to hearing from you.