US Foods expands foodservice-focused retail concept Chef’s Store

US Foods is on an aggressive growth plan with its Chef’s Store foodservice-focused retail concept, adding four locations to its more than 80 locations.

Chef’s Store is open to the public with no membership fees, and offers thousands of restaurant-quality products, including fresh meat, produce, and frozen seafood, to industry professionals and home chefs, the Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.A.-based foodservice distributor said in a press release.

US Foods plans to open new Chef’s Store locations in Merced and Santa Cruz, California; Helena, Montana; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

“The new Chef’s 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,” Chef’s Store Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Mathews said. “Merced, Santa Cruz, Helena, and Winston-Salem have a growing community of restaurant owners and culinary professionals. Chef’s Store is excited to help serve their needs with thousands of restaurant-quality products at competitive prices.”

Earlier this year, Chef’s Store also announced the opening of three new stores in Visalia, California; Lynchburg, Virginia; and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The Merced and Santa Cruz stores will join 15 existing Chef’s Store locations across California. Both locations will open in the fall of 2022.

The Helena store will bring its third Chef’s Store location to the state of Montana, joining existing locations in Kalispell and Missoula and will open in early 2023. The Winston-Salem store will be the second Chef’s Store location in North Carolina and is scheduled to open in December 2022.

US Foods acquired Smart Foodservice Warehouse stores in April 2020 to accelerate its 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’s Store in February 2021.

Photo courtesy of US Foods


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