Discovering Convenience: How Camshelving Improved Gate Petroleum’s Food Operations

For people on the go, being able to get a quality meal or snack at the same place they’re filling up gas is the definition of convenience. They already have to be there, and convenience stores like Gate Petroleum Company, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., have learned that offering better food options than the traditional stale donut and dry taquitos goes a long way with their customers.

Gate now offers fresh-made pizza and empanadas, breakfast sandwiches, salads, burgers and chicken sandwiches in their facilities across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. To keep up with the variety and volume of food they provide, it is essential that Gate utilize their storage spaces to the best of their abilities.

Andy Spink, R&D Chef and Food Buyer with Gate, decided to try Camshelving Premium Series® in one of their stores after hearing about it from his local Cambro rep, Dave Steinhartdt with Finn Foodservice.

“We’ve done a lot of business with Cambro. I’d gotten very close with Dave and he said, “Hey, I got this really cool shelving and I don’t know if you know about it’,” said Spink.

Spink was especially impressed by many features of Camshelving that his previous metal shelving weren’t afforded.

“I like the adjustability. I like the fact that the shelves come off so we can put them in the dishwasher if we need to; it’s very easy to clean. Also, portability, we have them all on wheels and they move around a lot easier,” said Spink.

When adjusting metal shelving, the poles and shelves are intermingled and you are unable to just take off one shelf without disturbing the shelves above it. With Camshelving, you can adjust the shelves without having to disassemble the entire shelving unit.

“We have it everywhere, but the cooler is a big, big deal. Every year they have different planograms…so, if we have multiple things going in that cooler, and sometimes we change the bottle size, now we have the flexibility of being able to pop [the shelf] off and put it down,” said Spink.

Eventually, the first store with Camshelving caught the eye of Spink’s boss, who is in charge of all Gate’s operations. He liked it so much that they started to order the shelving for more locations.

“I can tell you for a fact that store level, they love it,” said Spink. “The shelving alone has far exceeded what I thought it could do.”

In addition to their Camshelving, Gate has been a longtime user of Cambro food pans.

“We use [the Cambro food pans] for everything; it’s easier. The reason why, is A. it’s easier is to keep stuff fresher and B. when you open something, we have to keep it in something because you can’t have an open bag per the health department. So, everything goes in a Cambro,” said Spink.

We are proud to say we have the best reps in the business. When you buy Cambro, you know you’re getting the highest quality of service—and even above and beyond what that type of service looks like.

“One big thing that I think the reason why I’ve gotten so much [Cambro] and I’ve never even remotely cared to change is the level of service that we get from Dave Steinhardt. I put a lot on him. If I need something, he’ll get me a sample. He’s always been here,” said Spink.

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