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RobertM Oct 21, 2012 08:24 AM

Looking for a place to buy restaurant supplies: basically Pro-Kal brand, or comparable, deli containers and lids.

Normally I have to drive up to Jessup Maryland to Sysco's outlet.
Sam's club & Costco do not carry this type of item.

Is there a place in the local DC metro area?


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    ivysmom RE: RobertM Oct 21, 2012 05:26 PM

    Sysco - but they're not really in DC area. Closer to Laurel

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      melpy RE: ivysmom Oct 23, 2012 02:47 AM

      This was in the OP. where in Jessup?

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        RobertM RE: melpy Oct 23, 2012 10:44 AM

        Take 95 north to you see the exit for Columbia Route 175, go east till you see Route 1.
        Turn left at the light, Route 1.
        About maybe 1 mile up the road you will see Flea Market. It is in the parking lot to the left of the flea market. Close Sundays.

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      wayne keyser RE: RobertM Oct 21, 2012 07:07 PM

      Restaurant Depot (Alexandria, Baltimore, Capitol Heights MD)


      You'll have to have a business license or tax number - check with locations & website for details


      Possibly U. S. Foods Culinary Equipment & Supply 5701 General Washington Dr Alexandria


      Googlo Pro-Kal Containers and order online (save your gas)

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        agarnett100 RE: wayne keyser Oct 22, 2012 10:40 AM

        Like wayne said ordered online its save time and gas

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          RobertM RE: agarnett100 Oct 23, 2012 02:40 AM

          Humm, if I wanted 500 + shipping maybe that would be a good idea.
          They usually come 50 to a pack and cost about $4~$8 depending on the size.
          8oz & 16oz work perfectly for lunch's, and some diners when I work late they all use the same led's. They come 50 to a bag as well. I can fix fruit cups, snacks, salad, or other foods in em. But, yep, I toss em afterwards so there is that polluting the planet argument. They are great in a microwave. They are deli stuff holders? And I bet these are available locally. Gonna keep looking.

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            melpy RE: RobertM Oct 23, 2012 02:47 AM

            Can they at least be recycled?

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              RobertM RE: melpy Oct 23, 2012 10:45 AM

              Yes, if you want to wash em. I use em to carry food to work, or preload them for grab and go's on the way out the door:. Strawberry's, nuts, what ever.

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        BrandonWarn RE: RobertM Oct 23, 2012 09:34 AM

        There is a place, among many other restaurant supply places, at Morse St & 4th St NE. I believe it's called Express Supply.

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          RobertM RE: BrandonWarn Oct 27, 2012 01:02 PM

          Thank you! I did go by this place, and another up the same street. both had the same brand.
          8Oz and 16 Oz, and there prices were the same brand as Sysco.
          Their lids were not the same quality. but nice to know I only have a local source!


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          lalajane RE: RobertM Oct 30, 2012 07:35 AM

          I have always wondered why there are basically no restaurant supply stores (open to the public) in this area. Why is that? Where I am from, there are several.

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            RobertM RE: lalajane Oct 31, 2012 05:27 PM

            Well, for what it is worth, the two I visited are organized like some sort of weird yard sale.
            Lots of stuff with local store owners roaming around with skids with mixed cases of this or that. No prices on anything. No organization, or at least none with any logic or consistency. Odds and ends of product lines. Sysco is a bit of a drive, but very well organized. Not as big as either DC place. But they also offer restaurant portioned entry's. Food stuff's are no cheaper than local grocery stores. Matter of fact, cheaper if you look for sales. These places seem to be geared for the various local corner stores Mom/Pop/carry out's.

            But they did have the deli containers I needed.
            The tops they offered were of a cheaper quality and not the same as the bottoms.
            So, next trip up the road next month I will just get Tops.

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