CHEF’STORE opens third store in Montana on Saturday

Food Wholesale

CHEF’STORE’s newest location opens Saturday in Helena, Montana. / Photo courtesy: CHEF’STORE

The food wholesale landscape is expanding.

CHEF’STORE, the fast-growing warehouse concept by US groceriesswill open its third location in Montana on Saturday.

The 20,000-square-foot Helena store will be located at 2885 North Sanders Street. Joining existing Montana locations in Kalispell and Missoulathe new location is part of the commitment of CHEF’STORE, a One stop wholesale for all buyers without membership fee.

“Our goal is certainly to target foodservice operators as well as industry professionals such as caterers and food truck operators, but we also count home cooks among our customers, particularly those planning family or community gatherings,” said Irfan Badibanga, President of BOSS. LOAD, toldWGB last fall. “We want to support everyone who is looking for a variety of product sizes to meet their needs at a price that suits them. CHEF’STORE is open to the public and no, we do not require membership. While we focus on meeting the needs of hospitality operators, we strive to make the shopping experience inclusive for everyone.

And with almost half of shoppers who believe the country is in recession are looking for budget-friendly groceries beyond their traditional supermarket, according to research by sales and marketing services provider Acosta.

“CHEF’STORE is poised for tremendous growth in multiple regions of the US, consistent with our omnichannel strategy focused on enhancing synergies for US Foods’ broadband customers.” Badibanga tells WGB.

As shoppers looked for ways to cut expenses in their wallets, discount groceries dominated new store openings last month, leading to an ongoing shift in buyer propensity to buy.

With no sign of slowing down, US Foods, based in Rosemont, Illinois, has been expanding its CHEF’STORE warehouse retail concept since April 2020. according to on the Costco website. CHEF’STORE currently operates 86 Bi-coast locations across the country.

“Value-based grocers have positioned themselves uniquely well in recent years,” said Ethan Chernofsky, VP Marketing at Analysis company for passenger transport, told WGB.

The food industry experienced a historic year last year inflation cracks appeared the purchasing habits of consumers, which ultimately influenced where they shopped. Warehouse clubs and discounters became a magnet for shoppers across the board, prompting these retailers to break into new markets with new store openings in 2022 – and now 2023.