Finding a Supplier for a Salvage Food Store

I would like to open a salvage food store in Kentucky. Where do I find a supplier?


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July 14, 20190 found this helpful

I would contact the Small Business Association near you. Retired businesspeople volunteer and can help you.

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July 14, 20190 found this helpful

Talk to managers of local food stores to see what leads they may have. Get the word out with flyers or talk to local churches who may have ideas.

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July 16, 20190 found this helpful

There is so much involved in opening a salvage or bent & dent store that finding supplies seems almost at the tail end of things to do.
I'm assuming you already have your permits and licenses and maybe a location properly zoned?

Most larger stores have contracts for their 'supplies' and do not work with individuals. These contracts may be for 6 months or year and everyone is free to bid when the contract is posted. You can contact one of the stores to find out when their contract will be posted and where to locate the forms.


These are highly sought after contracts and the conditions are very specific; one will be that you must accept everything (no picking over items), another is amount time it takes for removal (usually one day and it may be a large amount), Funds must be available for payment and they may require proof that sufficient funds will be available - this could be several hundred to thousands). Also, if conditions are not followed, the contract can be voided.

There are some companies that have these contracts and will sell in smaller amounts to small stores (middle man).
You can check for suppliers in Kentucky with Google and your zip code or just Kentucky if you plan to travel.

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