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How do you buy food at wholesale prices?

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Restaurant Depot, a national chain of cash-and-carry food stores, sells food and related equipment at wholesale prices. Restaurant Depot functions similarly to a members-only grocery store, but requires member to verify reseller status in order to obtain access to the store. A valid business license or tax-exemption is sufficient to verify this status. Other stores such as Sam's Club or Costco offer food at wholesale prices, though the variety might be smaller and the prices higher.

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Located in 32 states across the U.S., Restaurant Depot is a national food wholesaler. Unlike Sam's Club or Costco, Restaurant Depot does not require annual or monthly membership fees. However, some may find it difficult to gain access to Restaurant Depot stores if they are not affiliated with a business, non-profit organization or other reseller.

Costco and Sam's Club offer similar products at similar prices as well as electronics, home goods and other non-food items, all at wholesale prices. Costco stores operate across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, making it considerably more accessible than Restaurant Depot. Sam's Club's network is similarly broad and offers an almost identical product.

As of 2015, Costco charges a $55 fee for both business and individual membership to the club, while Sam's Club charges from $45 and up for membership. Both stores offer upgraded membership, which include a variety of perks, such as early shopping hours, multiple access cards and cash-back options.

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