In recent years, the business of restaurant supply has exploded.
The company, owned by San Diego-based Food Supply Supply, is now the biggest seller of restaurants in the country.
Now it is poised to expand its footprint into the more remote parts of the state with a new store in the town of Clearwater.
The first of the two stores opens Friday at 5 p.m. and will be open until 8 p.M. on Saturdays and Sundays.
“We’re really excited about opening this store in Clearwater, and we think this is going to be a really good fit,” said Food Supply President Mark Crain.
“This will be a real new outlet for Clearwater.”
The company’s biggest competition is Costco, which has stores across the country, including in the Midwest.
The food chain has more than 30,000 restaurants in more than 400 locations, and has been expanding in other parts of California, with stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego and Orange County.
The Food Supply stores will open just a couple of months after the company closed its last store in South Central, about 15 miles north of Clearport, which closed its doors in June 2017.
The store will be in a former department store space on the corner of Interstate 880 and Interstate 15.
“It’s not a bad spot,” said Crain, who said the store will feature a large selection of items, including fresh produce, meats, poultry, fish, seafood, cheese and more.
“I think this will be one of the largest food stores in the region.”
Crain said he hopes to attract local residents who will work at the stores, and that the stores will be attractive to families with young children.
The stores are expected to open in late March or early April.