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Asian warehouse/bulk "club" in MKE? Anyone have information?

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exvaxman Nov 28, 2012 06:00 PM

As I was driving a neighbor down to O'scare to fly back to China for a visit she was telling me of a warehouse/resteraunt supply store called "wang fat" located on the south side. Like sam's club you needed to become a member.

Google turns up nothing, and she will not be back for a month to give me more information.
Does anyone know anything about them?

  1. Fowler Nov 28, 2012 06:51 PM

    Where were her hands when she said, wang fat? Was she possibly trying to hint at something else or just making an observation?

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      exvaxman Nov 28, 2012 07:09 PM

      *ahem*
      Very Christian. The main reason she and her family came here from China.
      I did refrain from laughing when she said the name.

      She also mentioned a new Chinese Herb store by oklahoma and 100.

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        Fowler Nov 28, 2012 07:17 PM

        I would be very interested in hearing more about it when she returns or someone here knows some details. I'm familiar with most (not all, who is?) of the Asian stores on the south side and the only thing I could possibly think was even close is Pacific Produce but that cannot be the wang fat because it is not a club or a restaurant supply store. Just a huge Asian grocery store with a little sit down eating area.

        Someone on Roadfood may know the answer. I do not know if you post there as well but it is worth a shot.

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          exvaxman Nov 28, 2012 10:05 PM

          I went over to Roadfood and consider their Milwaukee coverage to be "meh". lthforum.com is more active and specific. In fact, a couple of professional writers and food critics who readt he the forum were subject to me driving them around my favorite haunts for a couple of days. It might be completely innocent, but the JS had articles that mirrored one of the writer's works within a week after a couple of the lesser known places were written up. This place is going to bug me until she gets back.

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      exvaxman Feb 18, 2013 08:18 PM

      Ok, it has been a while, but the address is:
      Wing Fat
      2006 s 55th street
      West Allis
      414-258-7550
      Apparently signed a lease for 10k sq feet in 2010
      I do not know any more at this time.

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        Fowler Feb 19, 2013 09:48 AM

        Thanks for the follow-up. I tried to find their website but was unsuccessful. Here is what I did find under that same name and address...

        Around 400K in annual sales
        Founded in 2003
        Owner is Tim Ho
        Veolia filed a lawsuit against them in 2012 for over $3000 (and I thought my garbage collection bill was big!)

        The strange thing is that they are frequently categorized as a "dairy wholesaler". I also find it odd that they do not have a website or at least one that someone can find. One would think that an operation selling things would have a website.

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          exvaxman Feb 19, 2013 10:46 AM

          According to my neighbor, they do sell bakery items and are used by many eateries. I am hoping to go sometime next week.

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