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CHEF’STORE opens new location in Tempe

Posted on | June 13, 2014 | Comments Off on CHEF’STORE opens new location in Tempe

By Melody Johnson, VP of Membership Development

CHEF'STORE opens its doors in Tempe

CHEF’STORE opens its doors in Tempe

Have you noticed that the once-vacant building just south of McClintock High School has regained its lost appeal? Surrounding businesses and residents are delighted to see the anchor slot filled with the vibrant colors of US Foods’ CHEF’STORE, once again bringing balance to the corner of McClintock and Southern.

US Foods (the nation’s second largest food distributor) is responsible for the project. Their National Service Center employing upwards of 600 people resides here in Tempe. CHEF’STORE is a concept which originated in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012. It has since expanded to locations in Columbia, S.C., and Oklahoma City, Okla., and its fourth location will open to the public in Tempe on June 19.

GM Michael Ayers

GM Michael Ayers

“We have been highly successful in the hiring process thus far,” explained Michael Ayers, general manager of the Tempe location. They have recently hired over 50 employees, seeking to fill a handful of remaining positions before opening.

Ayers has been with the company since November 2013 and has been in the wholesale club business for 20 years. He touts the clean, bright store, wide aisles and friendly staff. “To echo our tagline, we’re about ‘great food, wholesale prices’.”

What to expect from CHEF’STORE:
CHEF’STORE is a restaurant supply warehouse designed to service restaurants, caterers and food service owners/operators. However, the individual customer can take advantage of bulk purchasing, including their specialty lobster, crab, certified Angus beef, etc. The store is located at 3115 S. McClintock in Tempe (shopping center on the northeast corner of McClintock and Southern).

How does it work?
Open to the public, shoppers are required to register for a free membership card.
Owners/operators can use their credit account if they currently use US Foods distributing.

Why Tempe?
“Tempe has traditionally been a really good market with a high concentration of restaurants locally. It has been great working with the City of Tempe and meeting our business neighbors. I think we can bring everyone business in the area,” said Ayers.

Special offers and events
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce will welcome CHEF’STORE with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 18, at 3 p.m. Check the TCC calendar at www.tempechamber.org for more details.

Through July 20, CHEF’STORE will offer $20 off your purchase of $250 to $499, or $50 off your purchase of $500 or more (please visit the store for official offer, details, restrictions or requirements).

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