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Charlotte area restaurant supply stores selling to public

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Has anyone found a restaurant supply store that sells to the public in the Charlotte, NC area? Ideally, a store with a big show room so nothing has to be special ordered, that allows walk-in traffic. I've used them in other cities. There has to be one around. Local listings searches don't offer enough info, or are mixed with wholesale-only supply houses such as Sysco. Thanks!

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  1. Are you looking for food or equipment?

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      I'm looking for commercial-grade items and utensils. Things like storage bins, sheet pans, cutting boards, and other utensils and items that are sturdier and available in more variety of sizes than what you find in BB&B-type stores. I worked in the restaurant industry so I am familiar with the equipment. I am not associated with a business, so a place like Restaurant Depot would not work for me.

      1. re: 53latour

        All of the other places mentioned by other posters work work, such as Fadels, Gardner and Benoit and also Cyprus Restaurant Supply (they have a 15,000 sf showroom). A Google search will provide websites with locations, phone numbers etc.

        1. re: carolinadawg

          I've looked at the web sites for Fadels and G-B. They are exactly what I am looking for. I will also check out Cyprus RS. Thanks to everyone for your help!!

    2. Restaurant Depot on Wilkerson Blvd will sell to institutional type users,schools,churches. Check them out for their specific requirments.

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      1. re: Sam at Novas

        Fadels and Gardner Benoit both sell to the public. My understanding is that Restaurant Depot will sell to you if you have a tax ID number, so nonprofits and church kitchens can use them.

        1. re: kathleen purvis

          I've shopped at both Fadels and G-B, and they probably have whatever it is you're looking for. Both are listed in directories.

      2. there is one that i think is called dai sing next to the new century market on sugar creek in the asian corner mall. its not really a big showroom. but they do have some of the things that you are looking for but also has a lot more asian things.

        1. I've only ever used Gardner & Benoit, but they are helpful and fairly priced. They also have great finds on their clearance rack.