CHEF’STORES hopes to be a part of Spartanburg’s culinary scene and help local restaurants grow, store executives said.
The warehouse-style grocery store held its grand opening on Friday, September 23 and invited a few guests to attend the event. The store is located at 300 W. Blackstock Road in Spartanburg, across from the WestGate Mall, and will open to customers at 6 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, with free food and hourly gift card draws.
US Foods Holding Corp. stated that CHEF’STORE is supposed to be a “one stop shop”. The store will offer everything restaurateurs, chefs, community groups and families may need for their kitchens. Store hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Michael Krippinger, in-store sales and marketing manager for CHEF’STORE, said there’s no better location than Spartanburg because of the growing community in the culinary world.
“It’s a big, vibrant community with a great restaurant scene,” Krippinger said. “It’s exciting for us because this is our fourth store in South Carolina, and it’s a great opportunity for us to be part of a great restaurant scene. We hope to partner with them. [restaurants] to help them grow.”
The new 33,000 square foot CHEF’STORE is the 83rd store in the country. Prior to Friday, there were only three CHEF STORES in the state of South Carolina, located in Myrtle Beach, Columbia and Charleston.
CHEF’STORES continues to expand in the country, and Krippinger hopes the opportunity will arise to expand further in the state.
Unlike other wholesale marketplaces, CHEF’STORE does not require customers to obtain a membership to shop. Products are delivered daily so customers can get fresh ingredients.
“We have hundreds of products on the commodity side, which we have regular deliveries,” Krippinger said. “We have wholesale pricing and believe we are competitive in the market. We believe we offer a great selection for our wholesale pricing.”
Depending on your needs for a product, CHEF’STORE offers both bulk and individual products. The store also offers a tax exemption for all businesses, whether they are purchasing supplies for a restaurant, school, or any other organization.
“For people with a tax-exempt ID card or restaurant license, you may qualify for South Carolina tax benefits,” Krippinger said.
William Cooper, owner of the River Falls Café, said the new CHEF’STORE is an opportunity for local businesses to be able to get the supplies they need.
“My restaurant has a lot of different things, it’s very diverse,” Cooper said. “I need a lot of different things, and as far as I know, this place has it all.”
Cooper previously used trucking companies and traveled to Greenville to supply his restaurant
“Most of the time I had to go to Greenville, but that [CHEF’STORE] is right next to my house,” Cooper said. “It’s a plus to have this place in Spartanburg. Nobody has to go to Greenville or wait for a truck. The restaurant scene in Spartanburg is growing, so I think this place is going to do very well. »
CHEF’STORE has nearly 5,000 products in store, ranging from fresh meat, seafood, fresh produce, frozen appetizers, ingredients and equipment for kitchens and cleaning products. CHEF’STORE also offers customers weekly promotions, which may include cooking and baking supplies, wholesale foods and more.
“This allows customers to get fresh ingredients from us the same day,” Krippinger said. “We are open to everyone, seven days a week.”
CHEF’STORE has chefs on hand to work with restaurateurs to help establish menus and recipe ideas, hoping to help new restaurants find the right path for them.
“We have chefs on staff and experts on staff in our store to help people with their menu or back of house needs,” Krippinger said. “For us to be able to partner with them, it gives them the great opportunity and the resources so they can start their own business, grow their business, whatever the case may be.”