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New US Foods CHEF’STORE to open in Merced

Calling Merced a growing community of restaurant owners, US Foods Holding Corp. announced this week a plan to open a new CHEF’STORE in Merced this fall.

Located at 3275 R St. — the old In-Shape City building — the 19,000-square-feet CHEF’STORE will join 15 existing CHEF’STORE locations across California, according to a company press release.

The store highlights:

  • CHEF’STORE is a warehouse-style shopping experience designed as a one-stop shop for restaurant operators, food industry professionals, community groups and at-home chefs to quickly stock up and replenish ingredients or supplies in various sizes and offerings.
  • The store will offer a wide selection of restaurant-quality products at competitive prices, including fresh meat, produce, dairy and deli items as well as frozen seafood.
  • Customers will have the opportunity to shop for grocery products, baking ingredients, beverages, catering essentials, janitorial supplies, and other restaurant essentials seven days a week, with no membership required.

US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) also announced plans to locations in Santa Cruz, CA, Helena, Mont., and Winston-Salem, NC. The Santa Cruz store, also opening this fall, will be located at 1660 Commercial Way and will offer over 23,000-square-feet for its customers.

“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.”

Earlier this year, CHEF’STORE announced the opening of three new stores in Visalia, Calif., Lynchburg, Va. and Spartanburg, S.C., with more than 80 locations across 13 states. 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 omni-channel experience to more customers. The company rebranded all Smart Foodservice Warehouse stores to US Foods CHEF’STORE in February of 2021. With the addition of the four new locations, US Foods will have 87 CHEF’STORE locations across the continental United States.



CHEF’STORE offers a customer-centric, warehouse-format shopping experience for wholesale food and restaurant supplies at competitive prices. Designed as a one-stop-shop for restaurant operators and foodservice professionals, CHEF’STORE is also an option for non-profit organizations and the public. CHEF’STORE is owned by US Foods and offers more than 80 locations nationwide across 13 states. Visit to learn more.


About US Foods

With a promise to help its customers Make It, US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 70 broadline locations and more than 80 cash and carry stores, US Foods and its 28,000 associates provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. Visit to learn more.

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