Costco Rival Is Expanding From Coast to Coast


There are other emerging warehouses that offer very similar bulk proportions, yet some Costco customers couldn't imagine abandoning their cherished wholesale business.


One is the US Foods CHEF'STORE, which has just begun to spread quickly around the country.


According to a recent press release, the Rosemont, Illinois-based CHEF'STORE intends to open four more sites in Merced and Santa Cruz in California, Helena, Montana, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


The 15 additional California venues will join them when they open in the fall of this year. The Santa Cruz location will be one of its larger ones, measuring 23,000 square feet, while the Merced location will be 19,000 square feet.


The third US Foods CHEF'STORE to open in the Treasure State will be in Montana. It will have 20,000 square feet and debut in the first quarter of 2023.


Last but not least, the North Carolina facility will be the second warehouse in the state, stretching across the length of the U.S. from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.


It is expected to debut in December of this year and offer 23,500 square feet of retail space. US Foods CHEF'STORE will have 87 stores across 13 states after the additional ones open.


Home chefs have discovered that the company's bulk goods and food pricing are comparable to those of most other big warehouse companies, despite the fact that historically the company has mostly catered to professionals in the restaurant industry.


These stores offer a variety of fresh meat, fruit, seafood, dairy, deli, bakery, restaurant necessities, and janitorial supplies while being smaller than popular Costco warehouses. However, unlike Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club, they don't stock electronics, home goods, or pharmaceutical supplies.


Recently, the business added two additional facilities in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Visalia, California. One launched in Visalia, Calif. last February, and one in Lynchburg, Va., opened in early May.


Prior to that, the business bought the Smart Foodservice Warehouse network in 2020 and rebranded all of the locations.

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