An expansion-hungry grocery concept born out of a food distribution giant will soon be served up to the Richmond market.
US Foods is planning to build a new location of its Chef’Store retail chain at 7821 Shrader Road, according to plans filed with Henrico County.
Chef’Store offers wholesale groceries and kitchen supplies, marketed to both those in the restaurant industry as well as home cooks. Memberships are not required to shop at Chef’Stores, which carry produce, meat, dairy and dry ingredients, as well as kitchen and bar equipment.
Last month US Foods filed plans for the store, which would total 20,000 square feet and fill a wooded lot near the intersection of West Broad Street and Hungary Spring Road. The 2.2-acre parcel is owned by a local family and is under contract to be sold. Taylor Long Properties has the listing for the site.
US Foods has been on an expansion kick with the Chef’Store brand in recent years and now counts over 90 locations nationwide. It opened three Chef’Stores last year, one of which was in Roanoke, and the Shrader Road location would be the first in the Richmond region, according to releases from the company.
A spokeswoman for Illinois-based US Foods said it’s too early in the process to comment on the Shrader Road location.
Idaho-based HillSide Architecture is listed on plans as the project architect, and local firm Kimley-Horn is the engineer.
Chef’Store is one of three grocers heading to western Henrico for their first area store. Korean grocer Lotte Plaza Market is working on opening at 7801 W. Broad St. and Indian grocer Triveni Supermarket is heading to 9101 W. Broad St. It’s unclear when either will open.
Chef’Store looks to be similar in concept to Restaurant Depot, another wholesale chain that caters to restaurants. However, Restaurant Depot caters only to licensed businesses and nonprofits. The chain has one location in the Richmond region, near the intersection of Brook and Parham roads.
Correction/clarification: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Restaurant Depot requires a paid membership. It in fact requires customers to be a licensed business to make purchases.