Restaurant wholesale store opens to the public for the first time, San Francisco and Bay Area locations
For the first time in its 40-year history, Restaurant Depot – a restaurant supply store for people in the food service industry, now allows the public to shop and buy bulk goods there.
Restaurant Depot is like a Costco for restaurants, selling cleaning supplies, fresh produce, dry groceries, fresh and frozen meat and tons more.
Restaurant Depot Bay Area Locations are Open 7 days, with no minimum purchase required:
Note: this story is evolving. Hours may change, and future changes to non-members access may be coming, but for now public access is the status.
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Here's the good news: this opportunity gives people another place to do infrequent, but high quantify shopping to stock up should they want to.
The bad news is that there is already a big backlash of Restaurant Depot’s existing restaurant-owner customer base who now have to compete for goods with the general public, making it harder for them to stock up their restaurants.
As Restaurant Depot becomes more popular with the general public expect some potential limitations on hours should they choose to appease their existing member base.
Thanks to SF Gate and FuncheapSF