The new additions will bring the total number of CHEF’STOREs to 87 across 13 states. US Foods acquired the Smart Foodservice Warehouse business in April 2020 in a bid to expand its cash-and-carry footprint. In February 2021, the company rebranded to the CHEF’STORE banner.
CHEF’STOREs trade in restaurant-quality products at wholesale prices, including meat, produce, dairy, deli items and frozen seafood, as well as non-food items such as cookware, beverages, catering essentials, janitorial supplies and other restaurant essentials. Most stores range in size from 19,000 to 23,000 square feet and offer items in both bulk and individual quantities. While targeted to foodservice professionals, CHEF’STOREs also are open to home chefs, and no membership is required to shop.
The new stores in Merced and Santa Cruz, Calif. — both scheduled to open this fall — join 15 existing locations in that state. The Helena store, the third in Montana, is scheduled to open in early 2023, and the Winston-Salem store will be the second in North Carolina when it opens in December 2022. “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, VP of Sales and Marketing for CHEF’STORE in a statement. “Merced, Santa Cruz, Helena and Winston-Salem have a growing community of restaurant owners and culinary professionals and CHEF’STORE is excited to help serve their needs.”