Olives, cheese, pasta, chutney and much, much more
Bulk Cheese Warehouse has been one of my favourite haunts for many, many years. I immediately head for the cheese section to see what is new and/or irresistible, but I usually end up buying crackers or olives or fancy jam as well. So, it was a pleasure to meet with Mike Bartlett, the store’s general manager and find out more about the store.
Mike’s father, Scott Bartlett, started the business over 20 years ago. It was originally a wholesale business selling to restaurants, hotels and pizza parlours between Prince Albert and Regina. When the current location at 732 Broadway Avenue became available, they opened a small retail outlet. Over time, the retail business has expanded
Lots and lots of cheese
I’m fascinated by the jars of salsa and jam and dessert sauces, and I can’t resist the hot and spicy olives that taste just like the ones I enjoyed in southern Spain. The olives (calamata; green; Moroccan dried; stuffed with lemon, almond or tomato, etc.) come from a Greek supplier who carries French, Spanish and Greek olives.
Full meal solution
If you’ve had a busy day at work and don’t know what to eat for supper, Bulk Cheese Warehouse can provide you with a full meal. They have everything from pasta and sauces, to pizza and lasagne, to salads and desserts.
Mike says that the demand for ready-made meals has been growing steadily over the past few years, and it’s a good way to put products that might otherwise be wasted to good use.
Mike is planning some renovations to update the Broadway Avenue location. But the store won’t shut down during renovations. They’ll do the work at night, moving the stock in and out on dollies.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask. Mike says that many of the products they stock are a result of customer requests.
And don’t be afraid to try something new. It’s fun.
Note: I have updated the information about the retail and wholesale business after posting the article.
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