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The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports that US Foods Holding Corp. is bringing its "warehouse-style grocery store" to the west side of the city.

Chef'sStore, as the format is called, "is meant to be a 'one-stop shop' … The store will offer everything restaurant operators, chefs, community groups and families could need for their kitchens … Chef'sStore carries more than 4,000 restaurant-quality products, including groceries like fresh meat, produce, dairy, and deli items. It also has beverages and frozen seafood; pantry staples for baking, and restaurant essentials including janitorial supplies."  

The 33,000- square-foot facility will be the fourth Chef'sStore location in South Carolina, joining other stores in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Columbia."  Spartanburg was chosen, the company said, because of its "vibrant restaurant and culinary scene."

KC's View:

I've not been to a Chef'sStore, but it does sound like it might have some similarities to Smart & Final.  I do like the positioning, though … when you think about it, every food store has the potential to be a chef's store.  Which is not to say that every food store lives up to its potential.

The big lesson is that done right, food can make a retailer a category killer.  Done right.