The seed for Ace Mart Restaurant Supply was first planted when Norman "Gus" Gustafson envisioned the opportunity to provide small, mom-and-pop type restaurant operators with convenient access to in-stock, affordable foodservice equipment and supplies.
This vision was brought to life in 1975 when Gus and his son, Paul, purchased a small building in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Gus began the business as a cash and carry operation so that Ace Mart would have the funds required to build a large inventory selection. It was a small start, but as we would soon find out, it was all that was needed to set the foundation for Ace Mart's bright future.
While our roots remain grounded, the Ace Mart seed has sprouted into a growing success over the years. Ace Mart is still family owned and operated, headed by Gus's children - Paul, Norma, and Carl - along with a strong senior management team that keeps the original vision alive. We know our Ace Mart Restaurant Supply customers are responsible for our phenomenal growth. That's why in order to show our appreciation, Ace Mart strives to provide all of our customers - from restaurant operators to caterers to concessionaires to home chefs and more - with the best possible experience when shopping with us.
"When you need it - Now!" has been, and continues to be, the concept that distinguishes Ace Mart from the competition. With millions of dollars invested in inventory at our Superstores all around Texas, we have the products you need the moment you need them. We also have two large distribution centers located in Texas that ensure our Superstores are well stocked at all times. Because of our large inventory of in-stock equipment and supplies, we are able to ship most orders within 1 business day should you choose to place an order online with us at acemart.com.
At Ace Mart, we know it's the little things that make a difference, especially when it comes to customer service - our number one priority. We want every one of our customers to know that we put their needs first. This is why the majority of our friendly team is made up of foodservice professionals, who have a critical understanding of the needs and demands of restaurant operators today. Whether you prefer shopping in-store or online, a member of the Ace Mart team is waiting to assist you.
It's easy for everyone to shop at Ace Mart. Whether you are an in-state customer, an out-of-state customer, or even an international customer, we offer everyone the easy, convenient access that is demanded in today's busy world. Visit one of our 14 Ace Mart Superstores located throughout Texas, or shop at your convenience online at acemart.com anytime, anywhere. While Ace Mart primarily serves restaurant operators and foodservice professionals, our stores are open to the public as well.
It is all about what our customers need and want. Therefore, it is our job to offer a broad selection of high-quality, imported and domestic products that meet the demands of each one of our customers. We choose to purchase from companies that have proven their commitment to our customers by continually manufacturing affordable, long-lasting products.
Ace Mart offers products from leading names in the foodservice industry such as Carlisle, Vollrath, True, Hobart, and Libbey, just to name a few - and a good number of these items are "Made in the USA!"
Our inventory is often purchased in large orders directly from the manufacturer so that we are able to receive a significant discount over retail or "list" prices. The discounted price we pay allows us to pass the savings on to our valued customers through affordable, competitive prices on equipment and supplies. Though our fundamental model remains the same, we have expanded beyond the limited cash and carry operation of the past in order to offer our customers flexible financing options to meet their individual needs. In doing so, you have the option to apply to lease equipment when shopping at Ace Mart.
In order to directly interact with foodservice professionals and remain up-to-date with industry news, Ace Mart is an ongoing participant of events, such as trade shows and expositions. We have received various business and industry-related accolades from several entities in the industry such as the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA), the San Antonio Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association (SARA), and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. We have even been named FE&S' 2016 Dealer of the Year and inducted into FE&S Magazine's "Hall of Fame."
We know that community involvement benefits each and every one of us - from our families and friends to our coworkers and customers. With this in mind, Ace Mart Restaurant Supply gives back to the very communities that have given us so much. We are actively involved in community events and organizations, and we help support various local, state, and national charities such as the American Red Cross, the Special Olympics, United Way, and the San Antonio Food Bank.