Gekas Ullared

Strong flooring for a popular department store

Gekas Ullared is Scandinavia's largest department store. With 4.5 million visitors annually, it has become a well-known tourist attraction, and even had its own TV show. As the department store has grown, pressure has increased in the restaurant section, where customers can take a much needed break from the hunt for bargains to get something good to eat or drink. The restaurant has previously been too small, and therefore the area both behind and in front of the sales counter went through a major expansion. Today the restaurant receives 250 seated guests daily. The restaurant installed 600m² of the durable specialist safety flooring Altro Stronghold 30 in its catering and seating areas – a floor that the department store had previously installed in the restaurant. Altro Stronghold 30 is ideally suited to the tough demands of commercial kitchens where grease, oil and fats are present.

Tommy Johansson, building and property manager at Gekas, explains why they chose to use Altro flooring again. "We already had two years of experience with Altro Stronghold 30 and we knew it could withstand the harsh environment found in a catering service. Every day heavy carts and pallets are used on the floor, and we have about 20 people working here daily. The floor must also be cleaned, scrubbed and hosed down every day. This is a safety floor that simply is best suited for our kitchen because it is durable and has all the qualities to withstand the rigours it is exposed to.

"Hygiene is essential for safety. Unless the floor is easy to clean, it becomes an oily surface and it is less safe to walk on. Therefore it is important that it can be easily cleaned. The fact that we have chosen the same floor again after two years for a larger area is a fantastic endorsement for Altro."

Altro Stronghold 30 contains Altro Easyclean Technology that makes it easier to clean and keep clean. It has Altro's highest rating for slip resistance, with a warranty of 15 years and a lifetime sustained slip resistance of 20 years.

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