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Restaurant Depot - No Membership Needed

I read over on the Brethren that you don't need a membership to go to Restaurant Depot right now. I'd imagine Restaurant Depot will take anyone at this point willing to buy. 

"The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

Minnesota

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  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 5,514
    I need to make the hour plus drive to mine and check it out. I'm a member, but haven't been in a minute 
    ~ John - https://www.instagram.com/hoosier_egger
    (2) XL BGE, LG BGE, KJ Jr, Ardore Pizza Oven, King Disc 
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!

  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 9,348
    ColtsFan said:
    I need to make the hour plus drive to mine and check it out. I'm a member, but haven't been in a minute 
    I've been lucky with one of the Restaurant Depots here in MN that has a city ordinance of no private memberships for any businesses. So no membership is needed. 

    I'd probably keep waiting at this point and with them now opening to the public. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 3,335
    WeberWho said:
    ColtsFan said:
    I need to make the hour plus drive to mine and check it out. I'm a member, but haven't been in a minute 
    I've been lucky with one of the Restaurant Depots here in MN that has a city ordinance of no private memberships for any businesses. So no membership is needed. 

    I'd probably keep waiting at this point and with them now opening to the public. 
    I haven't been to the one in St. Paul, but I've heard it's much nicer than the other one.
    Stillwater, MN
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 9,348
    WeberWho said:
    ColtsFan said:
    I need to make the hour plus drive to mine and check it out. I'm a member, but haven't been in a minute 
    I've been lucky with one of the Restaurant Depots here in MN that has a city ordinance of no private memberships for any businesses. So no membership is needed. 

    I'd probably keep waiting at this point and with them now opening to the public. 
    I haven't been to the one in St. Paul, but I've heard it's much nicer than the other one.
    I've only been to the St. Paul Restaurant Depot once and it was much nicer. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,191
    Today at RD in the produce section
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 11,167
    Today at RD in the produce section
    Wow, wiped out!
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,191
    I think they just stopped stocking so much produce because most restaurants closed more than anything.  There were about 20 shoppers in the whole store.  Dry goods were fully stocked.
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  • FarmingPhDFarmingPhD Posts: 657
    I think they just stopped stocking so much produce because most restaurants closed more than anything.  There were about 20 shoppers in the whole store.  Dry goods were fully stocked.
    I would agree they aren’t stocking.  Saw a news article a couple days ago that several produce farms in Florida were tilling under crops because they had no market for them.  They were still harvesting some that they could move but weren’t wasting the money on labor intensive harvest for most of it since they couldn’t move it before it spoils. 
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 9,348
    edited June 2020
    WeberWho said:
    WeberWho said:
    ColtsFan said:
    I need to make the hour plus drive to mine and check it out. I'm a member, but haven't been in a minute 
    I've been lucky with one of the Restaurant Depots here in MN that has a city ordinance of no private memberships for any businesses. So no membership is needed. 

    I'd probably keep waiting at this point and with them now opening to the public. 
    I haven't been to the one in St. Paul, but I've heard it's much nicer than the other one.
    I've only been to the St. Paul Restaurant Depot once and it was much nicer. 
    @StillH2OEgger

    I retract my statement about the St. Paul location. I stopped in there this afternoon and what a trainwreck. You almost feel like a nuisance with their employees. 

    I was overcharged $58. The manager was less than thrilled to help me out. She was annoyed that I used a day pass and she was now having problems getting my money back. After five or six different attempts she realizes she is using her personal scanner and not the registers scanner. Somehow that was still my fault. 

    Brooklyn Center location is a mess but not nearly as bad as St. Paul. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • StillH2OEggerStillH2OEgger Posts: 3,335
    That's disappointing to hear, but thanks for the heads up. It may have saved me a trip since I still haven't been there. Not sure if you Costco, but the Business Center off of I-35 in Minneapolis is good for some bulk buying. No where near the selection as Restaurant Depot, but a good option for loading up the freezer as long as you don't require prime grade.
    Stillwater, MN
  • carrda04carrda04 Posts: 83
    WeberWho said:
    WeberWho said:
    WeberWho said:
    ColtsFan said:
    I need to make the hour plus drive to mine and check it out. I'm a member, but haven't been in a minute 
    I've been lucky with one of the Restaurant Depots here in MN that has a city ordinance of no private memberships for any businesses. So no membership is needed. 

    I'd probably keep waiting at this point and with them now opening to the public. 
    I haven't been to the one in St. Paul, but I've heard it's much nicer than the other one.
    I've only been to the St. Paul Restaurant Depot once and it was much nicer. 
    @StillH2OEgger

    I retract my statement about the St. Paul location. I stopped in there this afternoon and what a trainwreck. You almost feel like a nuisance with their employees. 

    I was overcharged $58. The manager was less than thrilled to help me out. She was annoyed that I used a day pass and she was now having problems getting my money back. After five or six different attempts she realizes she is using her personal scanner and not the registers scanner. Somehow that was still my fault. 

    Brooklyn Center location is a mess but not nearly as bad as St. Paul. 
    That's not great. BC is closer to me on the West Side, and I've been planning to find a way to get in once the health situation seems to have died down a bit. I guess I'll stick with that one... 
    LG BGE
    Camp Chef 2xburner

    Twin Cities, MN
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 9,348
    That's disappointing to hear, but thanks for the heads up. It may have saved me a trip since I still haven't been there. Not sure if you Costco, but the Business Center off of I-35 in Minneapolis is good for some bulk buying. No where near the selection as Restaurant Depot, but a good option for loading up the freezer as long as you don't require prime grade.
    That very thought crossed my mind about the Costco Business Center when inside Restaurant Depot. I've only been to the Costco Business Center once but the experience was much more pleasant. 

    It's still worth checking out but the employees don't give you the time of day. Which is too bad. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 9,348
    carrda04 said:
    WeberWho said:
    WeberWho said:
    WeberWho said:
    ColtsFan said:
    I need to make the hour plus drive to mine and check it out. I'm a member, but haven't been in a minute 
    I've been lucky with one of the Restaurant Depots here in MN that has a city ordinance of no private memberships for any businesses. So no membership is needed. 

    I'd probably keep waiting at this point and with them now opening to the public. 
    I haven't been to the one in St. Paul, but I've heard it's much nicer than the other one.
    I've only been to the St. Paul Restaurant Depot once and it was much nicer. 
    @StillH2OEgger

    I retract my statement about the St. Paul location. I stopped in there this afternoon and what a trainwreck. You almost feel like a nuisance with their employees. 

    I was overcharged $58. The manager was less than thrilled to help me out. She was annoyed that I used a day pass and she was now having problems getting my money back. After five or six different attempts she realizes she is using her personal scanner and not the registers scanner. Somehow that was still my fault. 

    Brooklyn Center location is a mess but not nearly as bad as St. Paul. 
    That's not great. BC is closer to me on the West Side, and I've been planning to find a way to get in once the health situation seems to have died down a bit. I guess I'll stick with that one... 
    It's probably been 7-8 years since I last was in the St. Paul location. I had no issue the first go around. 

    The isles are tight. Especially when you have to manoeuvre around moving forklifts and random pallets scattered everywhere throughout isles. It gets a little tough when moving around your big heavy flat steel carts. You'll find this at every Restaurant Depot though. It gets a little crazy. So it gets a little tough to focus with everything going on around you. Especially your first time going. Just a little heads up.  
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • BigGreenKevBigGreenKev Posts: 157
    Haven't been to either lately.  What is up at Brooklyn Center that makes it a mess?
  • GregWGregW Posts: 2,490
    We have a RD in Birmingham AL. It has the free memberships, it's always been free here. It's a real dump of a place. I go there occasionally as a last resort, when every other place is sold out of what I need. It's not clean and really junky. The employees are several cuts below average as well, not friendly and go out of their way to avoid being helpful.
    Birmingham, AL
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 9,348
    Haven't been to either lately.  What is up at Brooklyn Center that makes it a mess?
    The experience as a whole. I realize it's not fine dinning but the organization of the place and lack of interest in helping or even acknowledging you as a customer is almost nonexistent. The attitudes of not caring is apparent. I don't complain about much in general but attitude starts up on top with management. The manager getting annoyed at me about their mistake by over charging me by $58 says something. The trickle down effect shows. 


    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • OhioEggerOhioEgger Posts: 747
    As a KCBS member I have a pass for RD and I stop in once or twice a year just to see what's available. I usually pick something up if I see a nice bargain, but certainly not my favorite place to shop.
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • nolan8vnolan8v Posts: 396
    Sorry to bump an old thread, but I did not want to start a new one for the same topic.

    I recently tried shopping at a RD near me in Georgia and they (RD management) told me that the KCBS arrangement is no longer valid. After multiple conversations with KCBS (I called their offices while I was at the RD Customer Service desk) and RD's management, they granted me a One Day pass. When I asked if I will be able to shop there next month, they did not give me a straight answer.

    I thought that with my current KCBS membership, I would be able to shop at RD whenever I wanted to, without frequency limitations. Am I misunderstanding something?

    "You can live in any city in America, but New Orleans is the only city that lives in you."
    Chris Rose 

  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 16,553
    The one in Louisville looks like a Depot, and comparing these places to other private membership retail outlets is a losing proposition, at best. If you expect service go someplace else.

    I have purchased a lot from RD, but if they were gone, no biggie, I can get this stuff on line, occasionally less expensive.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
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