US Foods Chef’Stores to open in Merced, Santa Cruz, Helena, Winston-Salem

Merced, Santa Cruz to grow California portfolio to 17 units; Helena, Montana to be third store in state; Winston-Salem, second in North Carolina

US Foods will open four new Chef’Store locations, including in Merced and Santa Cruz, Calif., and Helena, Mont. and Winston-Salem, N.C. The cash-and-carry type stores help restaurant operators, food industry pros and a variety of chefs and groups stock up on foodservice supplies, whether by the case or in individual sizes.

The Merced and Santa Cruz Chef’Stores will join 15 locations already established in the state of California. Opening in the fall, the Merced unit will land at 3275 R Street and offer 19,000 square feet of retail space. Also opening this fall, the Santa Cruz store is spread across 23,000 square feet of space and located at 1660 Commercial Way.

In addition, the Helena Chef’Store will join sister locations in Kalispell and Missoula, marking the third store in Montana. Located at 2885 North Sanders Street, this store will span 20,000 square feet across the retail portion of shopping space.

“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.”

Set to open December 2022, the Winston-Salem store will be just the second location of the brand in North Carolina. The 23,500 square-foot store will open at 140 Stratford Commons Court.


After acquiring Smart Foodservice Warehouse in 2020, US Foods rebranded the chain to Chef’Store in 2021. With these openings and also in Visalia, Calif., Lynchburg, Va. and Spartanburg, S.C., there will be 87 Chef’Stores in the United States.

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