Restaurant Equippers, Columbus, Ohio, has picked The Point, the former multiplex movie theater site at NJ 38 and NJ 70 in Pennsauken near the NJ Turnpike, I-295, and the Ben Franklin Bridge to Center City Philadelphia, for its planned 45,500 sq ft new store.
"We're a warehouse store. We have low prices on restaurant equipment, and we have restaurant supplies," Dave Kelly, the chain's marketing director, tol dme. "Our customers know, if you need 40 chairs quickly, if you need freezers, refrigerators, you name it, 99 percent of it we'll have in stock. Just bring your truck in and you can drive it away."
Why Pennsauken? "We have a strong client base there now with our catalogue and our direct mail and our Web site," said Kelly. "We have clients in Philadelphia, New York, Maryland. We have clients in western Pennsylvania who drive to our Columbus store. So we looked at markets in the East," and Philly was central, and affordable. 

With stores in Ohio and Michigan, Restaurant Equippers, owned by the children of founder Morris Dach, operates some of  "the largest restaurant equipment warehouses in the country," says Brandon Anapol of Metro Commecial Real Estate, who negotiated the lease for the chain. My colleague Mike Klein agrees this'll be big, by local standards.

Kelly hopes to open by June. The Point, represented by Glimcher Group Inc., totals over 100,000 sq ft, including the new restaurant space.