US Foods announced its plan to open new US Foods CHEF’STORE locations in Merced and Santa Cruz, California, Helena, Montana, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The additional stores further expand the reach of the CHEF’STORE offering, providing restaurant operators, food industry professionals, community groups, and at-home chefs a warehouse-style retail solution to quickly stock up or replenish ingredients by the case and in individual quantities, said the company.
The Merced and Santa Cruz stores will join 15 existing CHEF’STORE locations across California. The Merced store will be located at 3275 R St. and will offer its customers nearly 19,000 square feet of shopping space. The Santa Cruz store will be located at 1660 Commercial Way and provide over 23,000 square feet for its customers. Both Santa Cruz and Merced stores are scheduled to open in fall 2022.
The Helena store will bring its third CHEF’STORE location to the state of Montana, joining existing locations in Kalispell and Missoula. Opening in early 2023, the new Helena CHEF’STORE will offer 20,000 square feet of shopping space located at 2885 N Sanders St.
The Winston-Salem store will be the second CHEF’STORE location in North Carolina. Set to open in December 2022, the new Winston-Salem site will boast 23,500 square feet of shopping space and will be located at 140 Stratford Commons Court.
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“The new CHEF’STORES will offer foodservice operators across Northern California, Montana, and North Carolina a new and convenient retail location for purchasing their much-needed food and supplies,” said John Mathews, vice president of sales and marketing for CHEF’STORE. “Merced, Santa Cruz, Helena, and Winston-Salem have a growing community of restaurant owners and culinary professionals. CHEF’STORE is excited to help serve their needs with thousands of restaurant-quality products at competitive prices.”
This year, CHEF’STORE announced the opening of three new stores in Visalia, Calif., Lynchburg, Va., and Spartanburg, S.C.
CHEF’STORE offers thousands of restaurant-quality products at competitive prices, including fresh meat, produce, dairy, deli items, and frozen seafood to industry professionals and home chefs. Customers can also shop for a wide range of cookware, beverages, catering essentials, janitorial supplies, and other restaurant essentials. CHEF’STORE is open to the public seven days a week, and no membership is required.
US Foods acquired Smart Foodservice Warehouse stores in April 2020 to accelerate growth and its footprint in the cash and carry market to provide an omnichannel experience to more customers.
The company rebranded all Smart Foodservice Warehouse stores to US Foods CHEF’STORE in February 2021. With the addition of the four new storess, US Foods will have 87 CHEF’STORE locations across 13 states.